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Wigan Athletic Boss Believes Club Have Lost Their Mojo

Posted on April 25, 2018 in Wigan News

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.

Following the interval, the home side found themselves behind after Ivan Toney’s 53rd-minute effort, but substitute Gary Roberts ensured that Wigan levelled the scores three minutes from time. After shipping just 13 goals in the first 28 games on the league campaign, the Latics have now let in 10 in the space of just five games, which Cook is worried about.

Speaking after the game, he said: “Defensively, as a team, we’re not quite at it – and that’s not blaming anyone. As a team, we’ve just lost a little bit of our mojo. We must get that back – and that’s down to me and the players. We took the lead with a good goal, and when we take the lead we normally go on and win the game. But it was never like that today – never like that.”

Cook had made only a couple of changes to his starting line-up with Reece James and David Perkins coming in for Callum Elder and Gavin Massey respectively – but the side looked disjointed from the beginning of the game. Despite the stalemate, Wigan have two and four games in hand over Shrewsbury and Blackburn Rovers respectively, and they could potentially find themselves back atop of the table by building up another winning streak.

Aside from their league campaign, and they are also in the running in the FA Cup where they take on Southampton in the quarter-final stage. The Latics picked up the shock result of their previous round as they beat Manchester City by a slender 1-0 margin, and they now have the chance to secure a home triumph over the Saints, who are without a head coach leading up to the Cup tie.

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