Paul Cook hoping for no Leeds United repercussions for Wigan, backs Marcelo Bielsa for Premier League promotion

Leeds United entertain Wigan in Championship action on Saturday afternoon

By Joe Urquhart
Saturday, 1st February 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Saturday, 1st February 2020, 10:54 am
Wigan head coach Paul Cook. (Getty)
Wigan head coach Paul Cook. (Getty)

Wigan boss Paul Cook is hoping his side won't feel any repercussions of last season's stunning victory at Elland Road and has backed the Whites for promotion this time around.

The 52-year-old guided his outfit to a 2-1 win over Leeds in LS11 on Good Friday thanks to a Gavin Massey double following defender Cedric Kipre's early red card.

The Latics secured an unlikely three points in their battle against Championship relegation with the victory propelling them to beat the drop and a return to League One.

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It was a damaging defeat for Leeds, though, as Marcelo Bielsa saw his side lose ground on the race for promotion in which they would never recover before play-off defeat to Derby County in May.

Cook - who sees his side travel to West Yorkshire battling the drop once again - has talked up the hosts, who sit top of the table, and is hoping that United won't take any lingering frustration out on his side.

"That was a day we genuinely believed we could stay up," Cook reflected.

"When you look back, everything in the game went our way because we had no right to win it when you consider all of the statistics, but we take great credit because it goes down as one of the best days we've had.

"I must pay Leeds a big compliment because, although the Leeds fans might not always think it, they're going up. They're such a strong team, from the mind set of the manager into the players and again into the supporters.

"I hope they don't take any frustrations out on our team because we were desperate for the win last year.

"I think Leeds might look at us and consider last year in their game plan because they might think we stopped them from going up.

"The reality is that we're both fighting very different battles."