COOK EXPECTS TOUGH TEST IN ‘DERBY’
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