Cook admits Canaries should have had first half penalty against Wigan during his return to ‘first class’ former club
PUBLISHED: 18:10 30 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:10 30 September 2018
Paul Cook was not surprised to see Norwich City given a penalty against Wigan, after calls for a spot-kick were wrongly waved away by referee Gavin Ward in the first half.
The Latics boss admitted Chey Dunkley was fortunate not to concede a penalty for his challenge on Teemu Pukki but felt his team were unfortunate to leave Carrow Road without any points.
“I think the game was just petering out into a 0-0, I thought the two teams had cancelled each other out. I thought we got into great positions but our final product wasn’t great on the day,” said Cook.
“To come to a team like Norwich and play that way, I thought we were aggressive with our shape, pressed them high up the pitch. I thought a lot of stuff we worked on against an excellent Norwich side, playing really well at the minute, rotation in the team, got some good players, I thought we nullified them.
“I did think it was a penalty in the first half was a penalty, you have to be truthful, but once he hasn’t given that you always felt that possibly the next opportunity he got he would give Norwich a penalty.
“The referees give them decisions and I did think the game was petering out but a draw would have been a fair result.”
Cook played for Norwich briefly in the late 1980s, making eight appearances as a winger after being signed from Wigan for £73,000 in 1988, before going on to play for clubs including Wolves and Burnley.
It was the 51-year-old’s first game as a manager at Carrow Road though, after previous spells with Chesterfield and Portsmouth before leading Wigan to the League One title last season.
“It’s a shocking position we’re in, absolutely frightening, I wish the season would end immediately!” Cook joked after his team slipped to eighth in the table, with his voice hoarse from shouting during the game.
“The league is like that, it’s a fantastic league. Norwich presents itself as a great club, the stadium, the pitch, the facilities, the crowd – everything about them is first class.
“So while we’ve lost to them today we wish them well and we move on to Swansea.”