Jewell's sympathy for Pollitt
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan Athletic boss Paul Jewell had sympathy for injured keeper Mike Pollitt.Wigan Athletic boss Paul Jewell had sympathy for Mike Pollitt after having no regrets about his side's Carling Cup final defeat.
Veteran goalkeeper Pollitt endured a luckless encounter against Manchester United after damaging his hamstring just a couple of minutes into the 4-0 loss.
The former United trainee was soon replaced by John Filan after having played a key role in Wigan's march to The Millennium Stadium.
Jewell was bitterly upset for Pollitt, who turns 34 later in the week, and felt the injury was symptomatic of The Latics' day.
"Obviously, we lost our keeper after two minutes," Jewell told Sky Sports 1. "I feel dreadfully sorry for Mike.
"He has spent most of his career in the lower leagues and this was the biggest day of his football life, but he has to come off after five minutes."
A three-goal blast in the space of six second half minutes helped The Red Devils to a second 4-0 victory over Wigan this season.
Though The Latics gifted their opponents' goals, Jewell had no desire to criticise his players and, instead, hailed the progress they have made.
He added: "We played all right in the first half, but we were playing against one of the best - if not the best - players in Wayne Rooney, and against a team supposedly on the decline.
"At 1-0 we had a good chance to make it 1-1, but when it went 2-0, we gave some bad goals away.
"I said to them I am immensely proud, not just today, but we had been written off before a ball was even kicked by some people, and those players have climbed mountains.
"I can't speak highly enough of them. I can't give them enough praise, not just to the players who played, but those who didn't and who are a part of everything we have done at Wigan."
Jewell has now opposed The Red Devils four times as a manager and he concedes he is becoming sick of seeing the 4-0 scoreline.
"United played better than us and they are a better side than us," continued Jewell.
"Everything had to go for us. They had to have an off day and we had to play to our maximum. It didn't happen, but there is no shame in losing to Manchester United 4-0.
"With 20 minutes to go I was thinking blow the whistle, but we at least kept going right to the end and I can't be critical.
"Four times I have played United now and I'm 16-0 down on aggregate and I need to pull a bit back."