Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook has expressed his delight after the club managed to beat the Championship drop with two games to spare. The Latics have found themselves in a relegation heap in the past few months but they have managed to survive the threat with back-to-back triumphs over Leeds United and Preston North End.
Speaking after the win over Preston, Cook said: “We’re delighted. When you start off a season like we did, so strong and playing so well, we all thought staying up might be a formality. But then you get into the winter, injuries kick in to key players, and it’s a really tough time for the club. In the lowest moments we all thought about possibly getting relegated. But football is a long, long season, and you have to stay the pace. League tables don’t tell lies, everyone finishes where they deserve to finish, and we’re delighted to be staying up.” (more…)
Wigan Athletic earned a tough draw away to Birmingham City last weekend. The Blues scored early with Lukas Jutkiewicz slotting past Wigan keeper Jamie Jones. However, the Latics responded quickly by hitting the posts midway into the half and also saw a good chance blocked on the line by Wes Harding.
Wigan continued to pile the pressure and finally got their reward on the stroke of halftime as star player Nick Powell scored via a deflection from outside the 18. The second half saw chances few and far between as both clubs were content to hold out for a draw. (more…)
Wigan Athletic’s executive chairman Darren Royle has said that the club are not in a desperation stage with regards to the future of Nick Powell. The former Manchester United graduate has just three months remaining on his existing deal with Wigan Athletic but Royle has indicated that the club are not overly worried about the situation.
Speaking to The Wigan Post, Royle hailed the talents of the forward and suggested that the club would like to keep him on an extended deal. He added that talks are still ongoing regarding a probable extension and he is hopeful that the 24-year-old commits his future to the club, he said: “Nick’s a wonderful talent, and at times unplayable. We’d love to keep him here, I think it’s just an ongoing dialogue-type situation. (more…)
Wigan Athletic are currently five points off the relegation places in the Championship with 14 games to go. The club recently took a break in the weekend with no fixture to play and made a warm-weather trip to the middle east for a training camp.
The training camp was a moment for the players to recharge their batteries after a gruelling season which has seen the club surpass expectations. After winning promotion from League One last season, Wigan was the bookie’s favourites to be relegated from the Championship this season. (more…)
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook said that his players will have to fight hard if they want to win their next game against Rotherham. He said that their opponents are a really good team and that it will be very difficult to get a result there.
He said that Paul Warne has made a great job as the coach of Rotherham and that his players always give their best on the pitch. He said that this will not be an easy game and that they will have to make sure that they prepare well for the game. (more…)
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook has admitted massive disappointment after his team were humbled by a 4-0 scoreline on the road to Preston North End. The Latics had a comfortable beginning on their Championship return which saw them 17 points from their opening 11 matches but they could not match up to the challenge offered from Preston.
Speaking after the gruelling defeat, Cook said that he had experienced one of his worst days managing the club but they need to overcome such situations to overcome the drop, he quipped: “When you’re managing a club like I am and you start with our aspirations, along the way you’re going to get massive disappointments and this is probably the biggest disappointment I’ve had since I started managing the club. If you’re looking at Wigan Athletic, the reason we are sitting where we are in the league is because we’ve had good days and I think that’s massively important. I’m not one of these who comes and apologises to fans because for me as a supporter myself, you have massive disappointments.” (more…)
Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd believes the Gers should add more bodies in the forward department after they sanctioned the surprise exit of Josh Windass last week. The 24-year-old had a strong 2017/18 season with the Gers where he contributed 18 goals and this made him a regular fixture under new manager Steven Gerrard this term.
Despite this, the Glasgow giants sanctioned his departure before the English transfer deadline after Wigan Athletic agreed on a £2m fee for his signature. In a report covered by The Record, Boyd admitted that he was not surprised by the exit of Windass, who had largely played out of position during his time at the Ibrox Stadium. (more…)
Gary Bowyer has admitted that he is worried about the current form of Blackpool. They lost to AFC Wimbledon last week, leaving them three points above the relegation zone. Since their slim victory over Peterborough in November, the Seasiders have won just one game out of 12 in the league.
They are yet to win at home since October. They play Charlton Athletic this weekend and hope luck shines on them at Bloomfield. (more…)
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.” (more…)
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook has admitted that it is proving extremely difficult in order to manage the club.
It has been a good start to the season for the League One outfit as they are second in the table after having managed four wins in the last five league matches. Shrewsbury Town are top of the table but they have a four-point advantage. Wigan, though, are at a significant risk of losing the second spot with consistent pressure from Peterborough United and Bradford City. Speaking after the 3-2 loss against Peterborough United,Cook claimed that managing the Latics was an extremely difficult job considering that the club’s weaknesses and strengths are apparent to every opponent.
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…)