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.”
The Lancashire outfit have been dominant over the course of the campaign but there were doubts over their promotion credentials during the month of February. Wigan had then progressed to the FA Cup semi-final after another shock win over Manchester City and many believed that the fixture pileup may hamper their progress in League One.
However, they have since performed with flying colours in the division and they now have the opportunity of sealing the title after guaranteeing their promotion to the Championship. Owing to their superior goal difference, Wigan only require a draw against Doncaster next weekend to lift the league title but they need to avoid any complacency which normally hampers sides after promotion.
Wigan have enjoyed good success in League One where they have managed an average of nearly two goals per game but the club are certain to reinforce the squad next term in order to avoid another immediate drop from the Championship.