Pollitt's injury dismay
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mike Pollitt was 'gutted' to see the biggest day of his football career ruined by injury.Mike Pollitt was 'gutted' to see the biggest day of his football career ruined by injury.
The Wigan Athletic goalkeeper hurt his hamstring just two minutes into the Carling Cup final against Manchester United.
Though he lasted until the 15th minute before being replaced by John Filan, Pollitt admits it would have been futile trying to carry on.
"I just took the first kick and, as I kicked the ball, I felt my hamstring go," Pollitt told Sky Sports News.
"I tried to hide it a little bit, but when the ball came to me the next time, I knew I was struggling and it wasn't worth carrying on.
"I wasn't doing the team any favours by carrying on."
The former United trainee acknowledged his dismay at being forced to go off and his misery was compounded when he reached the dressing room.
He added: "It has been an unlucky day for me. I got drug tested straight away when I walked in and that added fuel to the fire.
"I'm absolutely gutted, I was devastated in the changing rooms. It was just one of those things.
"Today of all days - the biggest game of my life, unfortunately it has just ended as it has."
Wigan captain Arjan De Zeeuw felt The Red Devils were flattered by the 4-0 scoreline, but conceded United were the better side.
De Zeeuw said: "It was pretty awful to be fair. People were saying it was great to be in the final, but we wanted to win this.
"They finished their chances very well and had most of the play. We wanted to have a right go and we did try. 4-0 was flattering, but they took their chances."