wigan’s paul cook: we are a work in progress

08:30    14 Aug 2019

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook has asked for patience from the club’s supporters, explaining that his team is a “work in progress”.

The Latics were handed a heavy 3-0 defeat away to Preston in an EFL Championship match this past weekend, and Cook insists he is not ready to move on until lessons have been learnt.

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“I think our fans would be very disappointed if it was a ‘draw a line under it and move on’ scenario,” he explained. “It can’t be that simple – not where we are as a club.

“Obviously we’re disappointed, but what I will say to the supporters is we are a work in progress.

“With so many new players in the building, with key players like Sam Morsy not being fit, I wouldn’t read too much into it just yet.

“I’d be more inclined to say ‘watch this space’ – that’s how I’d like to look at it.”

He added, “We go into it in such depths these days…times of goals conceded, pattern of goals conceded, formations, how many goals our flair players are involved in…you go into everything.

“But the biggest worry for me is the difference in form at home and away.

“It’s not that it keeps me awake at night…but it doesn’t let me sleep…put it like that!

“I’ve got to be careful here…but we do need to see more forward options, and more midfield discipline.

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“Obviously Sam’s not been available for the first two games, but we do have good options.

“The overall message has to be we’re searching for a formula – that’s the best way to describe it.

“It’s hard, but my biggest gripe is it’s the same players.

“It’s the same players who have kept so many clean sheets and won so many points at home. How long does a learning curve last?

“We do not want the same pattern as last year, that’s for sure.”


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