Gr-EIGHT win was thanks to town for rallying round us - Wigan Athletic boss

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook dedicated his side's 8-0 thrashing of Hull City - their record victory in the Football League - to the people of the town for having their back during the last fortnight.
The Latics side celebrate another goal against HullThe Latics side celebrate another goal against Hull
The Latics side celebrate another goal against Hull

While it's been a difficult couple of weeks off the field since the club was placed into administration, on the field Cook's side continue to do the business.

Goals from Kieran Dowell (3), Kieffer Moore (2), Kal Naismith, Jamal Lowe and Joe Williams send the Tigers home with their tails between their legs.

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Meaning Latics moved out of the bottom three on goal difference - even if their 12-point deduction is applied.

"Of course we're all delighted with that," acknowledged Cook.

"But I've also got a lot of sympathy for Grant McCann and Hull City.

"We know full well how tough management is, and you feel for anyone on the receiving end of a scoreline like that.

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"As far as we're concerned, it's been a really strong week for Wigan as a town.

"Since the news came through that we were in administration, to a man, woman and child this town has rallied round us.

"We've been humbled by the efforts of everyone, and tonight was our turn, and we turned up in abundance for them.

"I'm really proud of each and every one of them, they've given our supporters a real sense of pride."

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Latics were off to a flyer with Naismith netting inside two minutes - and they were seven goals to the good by half-time.

It was in stark contrast to Saturday's 0-0 draw at Barnsley, when the players looked leggy and just never got going.

"We started the game...we just didn't get started at Barnsley," recognised Cook.

"So whatever we did tonight was always going to be a step up from that!

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"Look they're not machines these lads, they're on such a good run now of results and clean sheets.

"They deserve so much credit, but we also know we've got two big games to go.

"We're climbing a mountain, and we're not at the top yet.

"We've got to find the resolve to keep working and keep going, and make sure it's all still alive going into the last game against Fulham."