Substitutes got Wigan Athletic out of jail - Cook

Paul Cook hailed the impact of second-half substitutes Ryan Colclough, Will Grigg and Devante Cole for getting Wigan Athletic out of jail at Bristol Rovers.

Tuesday, 24th April 2018, 11:55 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 12:01 am
Paul Cook in the rain at Bristol Rovers

Despite under-performing across the board, and deservedly trailing to Liam Sercombe’s first-goal, a late rally saw Latics rescue a draw to stay a point clear at the top of League One with two matches to go.

Colclough levelled with 10 minutes to go with a fine strike, while Cole saw another ‘goal’ chalked off for what appeared to be a very debatable offside call in an exciting finale.

When asked how pleased he was that his substitutes had changed the game, Cook replied: “It was’t difficult for them to do that!

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“It was a tough night for us, and we never managed to get a foothold in the game.

“In the first half, especially, we didn’t offer much threat at all.

“I don’t like to single out individuals, but Devante again has come on and influenced the game.”

Rovers also hit the woodwork in either half, while Latics goalkeeper Christian Walton pulled off a fabulous double save just before the break to keep his side in it.

“He’s been asked to make saves tonight, and the double save he’s made just before half-time was as good as you’ll see,” enthused Cook.

“Bristol Rovers have to take a lot of credit, they’re a good side.

“When they have their full team out, they’re a match for anyone in this division.”

The Latics boss also took the opportunity to congratulate rivals Blackburn, whose 1-0 win at Doncaster secured the second automatic promotion spot, condemning third-placed Shrewsbury to the play-offs.

“Massive congratulations to Blackburn, they’ve been on a great run,” added Cook.

“I also wish Shrewsbury well in the play-offs, because they’ve had an unbelievable season.

“It would be really nice if they could go up as well.”