Cook gives Wigan Athletic stars a deserved break

Paul Cook has prescribed a programme of rest and recuperation ahead of Saturday's trip to Fleetwood that could secure Wigan Athletic's promotion back to the Championship.

Friday, 20th April 2018, 1:00 am
Updated Friday, 20th April 2018, 1:06 am
Paul Cook

The 1-0 win over Oxford in midweek means a Latics victory on the Fylde coast – coupled with a failure by third-placed Shrewsbury to beat Bury – would secure a top-two spot with three games to spare.

And after a hectic schedule in recent weeks – the Fleetwood game is Wigan’s sixth of EIGHT fixtures in April – Cook has ordered his players to take it easy in the lead-up to the weekend.

“Some of the lads have been showing a lot of fatigue in the last few games, and they’ve needed a break,” Cook told the Wigan Post.

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“These lads have just been outstanding for me...Max Power, Sam Morsy, Dan Burn, Chey Dunkley...the spine of the side, they keep going to the well.

“They’ve all had a couple of days off since Tuesday, very well deserved as well, to recharge their batteries.

“We won’t be doing too much in the lead-up to Fleetwood, that’s for sure.”

Nick Powell (thigh) and Nathan Byrne (hamstring) are hoping to return for the trip to Highbury.