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30 March 2019

The gaffer reacts on goalless draw with Brentford as Latics move four points clear of the relegation zone in the Sky Bet Championship.

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Latics boss Paul Cook has praised his side’s display as Latics were held to a goalless draw against Brentford at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Cook’s side came close to breaking the deadlock on numerous occasions, with Chey Dunkley’s header hitting the crossbar, as well as Gavin Massey being denied and Anthony Pilkington having a goal ruled out for offside.

Reflecting post-match following the draw, Cook said his players are determined to keep their run of form going.

“You just have to keep going, results have gone our way today but nothing changes, it would be nice to win games and get further clear of the relegation zone, but at the minute we’re four points clear and if we can maintain that gap until the end of the season I’m sure everyone at the club will be happy.

“We need to respect the point, it’s a point more towards where we want to be and with seven games to go, we just need to keep believing.”

The clean sheet was Latics 10th of the campaign and Cook praised his players following an impressive defensive display against Brentford.

“It was a case of staying disciplined with our shape and then hitting them on the counter-attack and creating chances.

“Credit to Brentford, they’re an excellent football side and are one of the best teams we faced here in terms of managing and handling the ball, they take the ball in all areas of the pitch and continually caused our shape problems.

“We had a couple of good chances, Gavin Massey’s was the most clear-cut chance in the game just after half-time, but we’ve now taken four points from Bolton and Brentford and we move on.”

After losing Michael Jacobs in the draw, Cook admitted post-match the midfielder’s loss is a blow for Latics:

“I’m disappointed to lose him (Jacobs), it looks like a hamstring injury, but we will look through the week at that.

“It’s important everyone in the squad stays fit and strong as we’re going to need everyone that’s for sure.”

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