Polly still a cracker for Wigan

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MIKE Pollitt is preparing for a 21st assault on the FA Cup at Hull tomorrow, still basking in the glory of saving Latics at Bolton on Wednesday night.

The Farnworth-born shot-stopper, who turns 39 next month, almost single-handedly denied his home-town club the three points with a marvellous late cameo, having come on for Chris Kirkland just after the hour mark.

Pollitt rolled back the years to deny Johan Elmander and substitute Martin Petrov with stunning reflex saves, although he was typically modest in assessing the importance.

“I thought we defended very well at the end and it was a very good point,” Pollitt said.

“We had our backs against the wall for most of the game but we managed to get the equaliser and I thought we deserved it.

“The Elmander chance was one of those when he probably struck it too well.

“He’s smashed it towards the goal and luckily I’ve managed to get something on it, and it happened again with Petrov shortly after.

“They were putting plenty of high balls into the box but I thought both centre-backs and both full-backs were outstanding.”

The run-out was Pollitt’s first of the season, and helped him put to bed the horror of his last appearance in the Wigan first team – the 8-0 defeat at Chelsea on the final day of last term.

“When Tom (Cleverley) and Chris went off, you do think it’s not going to be your night,” he mused.

“Any goalkeeper will tell you it’s difficult to go on during a game, especially when it’s pouring with rain and your team is losing 1-0.

“You don’t really fancy it, to be fair, but I made a nice early save and that gets a little bit of confidence going.

“But we kept in there and credit to us, and I think we have to be pleased with a point.

“It’s such a difficult place to go, the Reebok, they’ve really made it a fortress this year.

“It would have been good to get all three points but we’ll take a point all things considered.

“We’re not on a bad run of form, we’ve only lost one in six now, but we do need to start winning to move away from the bottom of the table.”

Latics have a break from the demands of the Premier League tomorrow when they travel to the KC in a repeat of last year’s third-round encounter that Latics – with Pollitt in goal – won 4-1.