Paul Cook reflects on Wigan Athletic return

Paul Cook reckoned the 0-0 draw on his first return to Wigan Athletic since leaving last summer was 'an okay point' for Ipswich Town.

Saturday, 27th March 2021, 7:04 pm
Updated Saturday, 27th March 2021, 7:08 pm
Lee Evans in action against Ipswich - his first appearance at the DW since last October

The stalemate leaves Latics in the League One relegation zone, now only one point adrift of safety.

At the other end of the table, Cook's side remain only two points off the play-offs - but with only one win from his first half a dozen games in charge.

"It was an okay point for us in the end," he said. "The game lacked quality, from both teams, the pitch was difficult.

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"You can make excuses, but we need to be so much better than that.

"We finished the game very nervy, and I don't understand that.

"We should be controlling games and opening teams up, putting quality balls into the box.

"Everyone is looking like they are waiting for someone else to do something.

"I've never seen a team like that - we need go-to players who can step up to the plate.

"There's 10 games left in our season, and we need to get that win on the board that would give us the beliefs we can make the play-offs."

Cook also questioned if there's enough belief in the Town dressing room to make a late surge for a play-off finish.

"I'd suggest 'no' if I'm being brutally honest, I'd suggest 'no'," he added.

"I'd suggest they are just waiting for someone else to step up

"That's not how I've managed throughout my career, and that's not how I want me teams to play.

"Home and away, I want to take the game to the opposition, be on the front foot.

"Our supporters watching at home in their thousands will be as disappointed as anyone tonight.

"But all I can tell them is there won't be a stone unturned, because we want to go up this year.

"We are desperate to get into those play-offs...tonight it doesn't look good, but tomorrow is another day."

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