Life at the Lat­ics off to a flyer for Cook

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Harry Wilmin

PAUL Cook says life in charge of Wi­gan couldn’t have got off to a bet­ter start af­ter open­ing day at Sta­dium MK saw the Lat­ics shake off last sea­son’s rel­e­ga­tion woes.

The former Portsmouth boss’ sum­mer switch saw him take charge of a Wi­gan side who hadn’t won away from home since the be­gin­ning of March, but Nick Pow­ell’s strike mid­way through the first half was more than enough to see off an MK side clearly yet to gel.

Al­though lack­ing much ac­tion in front of goal, the tie also saw both Wi­gan’s Cal­lum El­der and MK’s Scott Woot­ton shown straight red cards by ref­eree Kevin John­son, who was sur­rounded in­side the tun­nel at half­time.

“You can de­bate the game as much as want,” said Cook.

“You ask us to re­spect the ref­er­ees more and we’re try­ing to do that but they have to try and be more con­sis­tent in their de­ci­sions – we must work to­gether on achiev­ing that.

“I thought we thor­oughly de­served our vic­tory.

“We cre­ated sev­eral good chances through­out the game against a very good side in MK Dons – they’re go­ing to be up there at the end of the sea­son.

“It’s al­ways nice to start with a win but there’s such a long way to go.”

Wi­gan made their early pres­sure pay when they took the lead min­utes be­fore half­time af­ter Michael Ja­cobs surged for­ward be­fore slot­ting a through ball into the path of the on­rush­ing Pow­ell, who poked home from in­side the box.

But both sides were left up in arms ei­ther side of half-time as ref­eree John­son showed ques­tion­able straightred cards to Wi­gan’s El­der for a sus­pected two-footed lunge mo­ments from the break be­fore MK’s Woot­ton also saw red for a last-ditch chal­lenge on Lat­ics winger Ja­cobs on 58 min­utes.

“We’re ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult, al­though I thought in as­pects, we played well,” in­sisted MK boss Rob­bie Neil­son.

“Wi­gan are go­ing to be one of the top teams in the league this year and I think our per­for­mance showed that we can more than match them.

“We’re ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed not to come away with some points at the start of the sea­son.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing from our point of view that they’ve come away and scored on the counter-at­tack and then we get a man sent off from the same sort of sit­u­a­tion – but Wi­gan are a top team.”

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