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5 May 2019

Manager delighted to give home supporters a final day win as Joe Garner strike earns 1-0 victory Millwall in last fixture of the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook reflects on Wigan Athletic’s final day win over Millwall
  • Cook: “We are ten unbeaten at home and that is a great record for anyone in this league.”
  • Manager comments on Reece James, win over Millwall and 2018-19 season

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says his side can look back on the 2018-19 season with great pride after a final day win over Millwall took Latics to 52 points for the campaign.

Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics after Joe Garner’s strike earned three points against Millwall at the DW Stadium, Cook said:

“I am delighted and so proud of the players, staff and everybody connected because in these seasons you have 46 tough games and, within those games, we have had some big scalps at home like Aston Villa and West Brom.

“We are ten unbeaten at home and that is a great record for anyone in this league.

“We have had some really low moments too; the Blackburn and Reading defeats within four days were huge and great credit to the players and the club for finishing as strong as we have.

 “I am delighted for the fans because it is a tough league and to go ten games unbeaten here when you consider Middlesbrough and the like have been here - that’s great credit to the players. It has been a learning curve for the players and for the staff and this year we have stepped up a massive level and been stretched as times – and that includes me and my staff - but within that you have got to go through that to get better and learn.

“Whilst we are all celebrating now, for us to progress as a club there is so much hard work ahead.

“We are going away with the staff and the players will go away but we will look back at the season and what went well and didn’t have ask ‘how can we improve?’. For a club like ours, that has been in the Premier League, that will always be the ambition and the dream but within that we have to work ever so hard to fulfil those dreams.”

Chelsea loanee Reece James played the final match of his loan spell in the win over Millwall and was replaced late on by Gary Roberts, at which point he received a standing ovation from the DW Stadium crowd.

On James, Cook joked: “If IEC have got any ambition then they need to get £40million together that might be required to buy Reece James – otherwise we’re all leaving in the summer!

He continued: “Reece has been such a success story and it wouldn’t be correct to not speak so well about the boy. He is a fantastic lad that comes from a very good family which shines through in his behaviour and his manners. I have been lucky enough to be in football for a long time and the boy will go all the way to the top without a shadow of a doubt and we are just glad to have played a small part – we really wish him well.”

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