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Paul Cook offers Wigan insight as West Brom test looms

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Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook has previewed his side’s fixture against West Brom tomorrow, hoping to pick up a positive result.

The Latics head into this fixture with completely contrasting fortunes compared to their opponents, having not won in the league since mid-October, while the Baggies head into tomorrow’s fixture hoping to consolidate their place at the top of the Championship.

Last time out, Wigan fell to a dramatic late defeat against Luton Town after leading through Kieffer Moore in the first half. Goals from former player Callum McManaman and George Moncur sealed a victory for Luton and plunged Cook’s side into further trouble.

They face their toughest game yet tomorrow night when they welcome the divisions top club to the DW Stadium as West Brom look to extend their winning run to seven games and move further away from third place heading into the New Year.

Paul Cook previewed Wednesday night’s game to the club’s official site, knowing that it will be a tough battle to get a result, but he is in high spirits ahead of the clash, where he said: “It is a great game; whenever you get the bigger teams in the division coming to your home ground then it is always a good game.

“We are desperately searching for points and tomorrow night gives us our next opportunity to try and get some.

“You have to [pick yourselves up] and you have to have a period of being flat as well. If I had a pound for every person who had asked me how I was then I would be OK. You have to go flat, though, you are allowed that and after you have bottomed out you have to come back up and you do that by finding solutions and ways for us to get points for us to – first and foremost – get out of that bottom three.

“There is 26 games to go and there is no need for this to be a crisis or for me to put ridiculous demands on players in terms of what is going wrong etc.”

Wigan have suffered a setback going into the game, however, with key defender and top scorer Chey Dunkley serving a one-match suspension along with other injuries.

Cook added: “We go into this game tomorrow with certain injuries – which I don’t think there is any need to go into – but getting them injuries tidied up along with the likes of Danny Fox and Joe Williams, to get them back selected and in and around the squad will make us stronger.

“We are not looking for sympathy or anything like that; we are a Championship club; we had a good solid year last year and we are not doing as well this year but there is plenty of time left.”

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The Verdict

It is sure to be a tough game for the home side tomorrow night as they face a West Brom side bang in form at the moment and looking to continue their run with another comprehensive win.

Wigan’s home form presents their best chance at staving off relegation this season, as it did last campaign, so they will be looking to utilise that, despite key absentees.


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