COOK EX­PECTS TOUGH TEST IN ‘DERBY’

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE PREVIEW -

NEW Wi­gan boss Paul Cook makes his DW league bow against Bury today aim­ing to ex­tend the Lat­ics’ 100 per cent start to the sea­son, writes Chris Dunlavy. Rel­e­gated from the Cham­pi­onship af­ter just one sea­son, Wi­gan showed no sign of a han­gover in vic­to­ries over MK Dons and Black­pool. “When­ever you come into a new club, there’s a lit­tle bit of ner­vous­ness,” ad­mit­ted Cook, who led Portsmouth to the League Two ti­tle last sea­son. “It’s been great to get a good start but today will be a tough test. “There’s a lot of qual­ity play­ers on show. Ge­o­graph­i­cally, we’re not far apart so it’s a bit of a derby match. And I be­lieve both teams will be think­ing pos­i­tively about where they can fin­ish.” Like Lee Clark, Cook has spent the sum­mer trim­ming a bloated squad. Six­teen play­ers have left the DW, with just five new ar­rivals. “That’s been the most chal­leng­ing thing,” he adds. “Di­lut­ing the squad to what we want – in terms of numbers, in terms of qual­ity and cat­e­goris­ing where lads are in their ca­reers.” And hav­ing been crit­i­cal of his much-changed side’s dis­play against Black­pool in the EFL Cup, Cook has now re­lented, with striker Will Grigg one of those likely to re­main in the first team. “I might have been a lit­tle harsh,” added the Lat­ics boss.

CHANGES: Paul Cook

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