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Wigan Athletic fans need to give Cook and the new boys time, agree?

There was quite a meltdown following Wigan Athletic’s defeat to Leeds United on Saturday, with some even suggesting Paul Cook is not the man to take this club forward. Outrageous, this early.

We are three games into a 46 game season. Give them 10 games, see where we are in the table and how good or poor performances are, then we can start talking about who has a future here.

A majority of our signings this summer have played very little or no even Championship football – Kieffer Moore, Jamal Lowe and Joe Williams just a few examples. Moore was outstanding on Saturday, that’s a huge positive. We have a striker that bullies opposition defences, Lowe looks dangerous, Windass was brilliant against Cardiff.

Why all the negativity?

I accept Preston was terrible, it was, I was there. The effort, quality, everything about the match was just poor. No excuses, we must do better than that. I was critical myself of Cook last season, particularly his tactics away from home, however at the end of the season I was happy with our position and points total, so he did his job. To reach the next level, yes we need to do better, Cook needs to improve, just give him and the team time.

This current squad excites me, the potential is there. Don’t jump on their backs and expect too much too soon, building partnerships on the pitch takes time. After that Cardiff game, a majority were saying aim for play-offs, now it’s suggesting Cook should go after losing to Preston and probably the best team in the league. Don’t overreact, back the side.

Our next three league games are Middlesbrough, QPR and Barnsley. They are the sort of games we should be picking up points from, not Leeds with 10 men for 70 minutes.

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