Cook wants to be a century man

Paul Cook says his Wigan Athletic promotion winners still have dual incentive to end their League One campaign with an even biggr bang.

Tuesday, 24th April 2018, 2:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th April 2018, 2:06 pm
Paul Cook

Latics have only three games remaining, starting with tonight’s trip to Bristol Rovers, and currently hold a three-point lead over second-placed Blackburn.

Not only would two wins secure a second title in three seasons, it would also see them pass through the 100-point mark – and it’s something Cook and his staff are more than aware of.

“Can we go and get that 100-point mark now?” said Cook. “It’s always nice to have a target and, while you don’t want to get ahead of yourselves, it’s something we can speak about now having secured promotion.

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“We’re under no illusions about how tough a game it’s going to be down there at Bristol Rovers.

“But we have an opportunity to clinch the title this weekend at home against Wimbledon if we win both games.

“What a good day that would be on Saturday – and what a great incentive it is for us to take into the game.”

While not a priority at the beginning of the season, Cook says the opportunity to put a rare century on the board isn’t something to be dismissed lightly.

“Why not, why not?” he continued. “I know we’re taking a ridiculous number of fans to Doncaster on the last day of the season, and it would be nice to have something to play for like that.

“The targets are there for me now. We’ve been promoted...I’d now love to win the league...and I’d love to get to 100 points as well.

“I’m not saying we’re going to do it, I’m not that type of person.

“But those targets need our full attention to do that.”

Cook will once again make changes for tonight’s game, with Michael Jacobs – left on the bench at Fleetwood – returning to the starting XI.

“There will be one or two changes, there always is at this point in the season with Saturday-Tuesday,” revealed Cook.

“Michael Jacobs was rested at Fleetwood, with the intention of bringing him on after 60 minutes.

“It was good that we were able to say after an hour: ‘We’re doing okay, Michael, you have a full rest and save yourself for Tuesday’.

“That’s the luxury of having a squad as strong as ours, and they showed how good they are again at Fleetwood.”

Travelling fans can pay on the night at the Memoriual Stadium priced £21 adults standing and £18 seating – a £2 increase from the allocation that was on sale at the DW.