Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook remains determined to seal the League One title next week after being held to a 1-1 draw by AFC Wimbledon in the penultimate game of the season. The Latics had the opportunity to lift the title after second-placed Blackburn Rovers succumbed to an away defeat to Charlton Athletic, but it wasn’t to be.
Speaking after the game, he said:”I can’t grumble, we didn’t play well in the first half. It’s tough these days, you get over the line and promoted and there’s a sense of achievement, but there’s so much more to play for. We created numerous chances and the keeper made a couple of great saves, any other day we would have won the game. We can have a good rest this week and put everything into our preparations to make sure we finish the season with a smile.” (more…)
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook believes his side have lost a little bit of their mojo after conceding three goals during their recent League One draw against Scunthorpe United. The Latics took the lead on two occasions during the first-half through Chey Dunkley and Will Grigg, but they were pegged back by a Tom Hopper brace prior to the break.
West Ham United manager David Moyes has stressed that the Hammers’ FA Cup fourth round exit versus Wigan Athletic may not be considered as an upset as the club only had a scattering of their Premier League players. The east London outfit were without the services of Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic, Mark Noble and Manuel Lanzini, and this cost them dearly as they bowed out of the Cup competition with a 2-0 defeat at the DW Stadium.
Speaking after the game, he said: “People shouldn’t be maybe that surprised because if you look at the team we played, I don’t think our team is necessarily a Premier League team. I think we had a scattering of Premier League players. Then we had young players, who’re on their way to trying to become good footballers. Maybe some of them, in time, will go on to be top Premier League players, but at this point in time it’s not the case.”
Wigan Athletic were able to go top of the League One after managing a 3-1 victory over Rotherham. Paul Cook’s team came into the game after having the chance to top the table even at this early stage in the season. They had a comfortable victory in the end. Will Grigg provided the opening goal in the 14th minute, but Wigan did not have the lead for long as David Ball came up with an equaliser after just two minutes. However, Wigan’s dominance in the game was clear when they responded through several crosses. It ultimately led to the goal from Alex Bruce in the 28th minute.
This was a key goal and it probably ended the resistance of Rotherham, who were under heavy pressure from the Latics for much of the game. The away team were able to get a decisive lead in the game when Jacobs came up with the third goal of the evening in the 60th minute. The two-goal advantage proving too big for the home team. Wigan ended up having only 11 shots on goal against the 15 from Rotherham, but the away team were clearly the winners when it came to accuracy. Wigan had an excellent five shots on target compared to just two from Rotherham.
Celtic are keen on landing a former Wigan Athletic striker Franco Di Santo, according to reports. There is heavy interest in Moussa Dembele from clubs across Europe, so the Parkhead side are seeking viable replacements.
Di Santo used to feature at the highest level in the Premier League for Wigan Athletic. The Argentine is one of the key people Celtic are looking at amongst the list of names they have put together, an insider says. The club want to keep Dembele until the end of the season at the very least but if the club has to sell him, Franco would be the man they look towards. (more…)
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook has admitted that it is proving extremely difficult in order to manage the club.
An own goal from Steven Taylor opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, but Peterborough United were able to come in with late goals through Junior Morias in order to get into the front by the 84th minute. Just when it seemed that Ryan Colclough had provided Wigan with a point from the game with his goal in the 87th minute, Jack Marriott came up with the winner for Peterborough in the injury team of the game. (more…)
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook claimed that his team fully deserved the 1-0 win over MK Dons in the opening game of the season.
However, MK Dons could not capitalise on the advantage as they were also reduced to 10 men following Scott Wootton’s red card in the 58th minute. Cook claimed that the away team were able to create more opportunities and fully deserved the victory. The opening game being on the road was not a confidence inspiring element for Wigan, but they were able to transform this into a positive element by beating MK Dons. (more…)
England’s women team coach Mark Sampson admits that his squad will take major confidence from the fans’ support as they look to lift the Euro 2017 title. The Three Lionesses qualified for the semi-final stage of the European championship after they clinched a 1-0 victory over France which was watched by more than 3.3 million people – the biggest TV audience ever for women’s football.
Sampson’s team face off against the Netherlands in Thursday’s semi-final and prior to the game, Sampson admits that the support from the country’s faithful would provide a massive drive in their quest to lift the title, he told BBC Radio 5 live: “The support is a huge inspiration to the players and a massive driver for them. It’s probably been a long time that there was a genuine belief that an English team can go and win a major championship. We’re very proud that some of the English public believe this team can go on and win. We take immense pride from that and a major sense of confidence.” (more…)
Wigan Athletic has appointed former Portsmouth manager Paul Cook as their new boss for next season. He will be replacing Graham Barrow who was serving on an interim basis.
He said that he is happy with what he has achieved with Portsmouth, but he feels that this is time for a new challenge. He said that he has enjoyed every moment of the promotion-winning campaign and that he will be cherishing the memories.
Paul Cook believes that there is a great opportunity at Wigan Athletic and that this is a great occasion for home to prove himself. He admitted that he would need time to know the players and the staff, but he is excited to get started in his new job. (more…)
Chey Dunkley has said his goodbyes to former club Oxford United following their promotion to the third tier of English football.
The 25-year-old was apparently offered a competitive offer to remain at the Kassam Stadium, but he opted otherwise after he received an approach from the former FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic. The Latics have not had a sound season ever since their relegation from the top flight, and they are back in League One following their failure to survive in the Championship last term.
The Latics will be hoping for immediate promotion just as they achieved during the 2015/16 season, and this has urged them to recruit the best talents in and around their domestic division. Dunkley, who made 96 appearances for Oxford across all competitions, left his farewell message on his Twitter handle.
The statement read: “So much to say, but we’ll keep it professional. I’d like to start by thanking everyone associated with Oxford United FC including the staff, players and the fans during my time at the club. (more…)