MARK Twain once mused that a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth is still putting on its shoes.
And there were echoes of that the other night when rumours surfaced on Twitter that Latics had taken only 70 fans to West Ham for the Capital One Cup tie.
Now I happen to be a Specsavers customer, and I knew instantly from my seat in the press box that wasn’t the case. Not even close.
Indeed, we discovered from official sources after the game there had in fact been a travelling contingent in excess of 400 (including my mum and dad, who were clearly visible celebrating each goal on the highlights package).
On a Tuesday night, in the League Cup, at a time when half the country is under water, I reckon that was a magnificent effort from all concerned.
Whatever the ill-informed doom-mongers say.
IT was the most nailed-on bet of the weekend, but Hugo Rodallega deserved all the plaudits for his goal – and the subsequent reaction – at the DW last weekend.
The header was impressive enough, but the way he refused to celebrate in front of the Wigan supporters was even more classy.
Nice one, Hugo.
WEARING the captain’s armband is a great honour for any player.
But Emmerson Boyce would have been forgiven for not fully appreciating the moment against Fulham last weekend.
When Gary Caldwell saw his number was up during the second half, he detoured past Boyce to hand on the armband before being replaced by Callum McManaman – the first of a double substitution by Roberto Martinez.
However, as the Latics stalwart was still applying the armband, Boyce’s number then appeared on the fourth official’s board, with Ryo Miyaichi waiting to come on in his place.
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