Pollitt ready for Baggies

Veteran keeper happy to earn clean sheet

Pollitt: Thankful for clean sheet

Wigan goalkeeper Mike Pollitt believes Saturday's battling draw at Bolton was good preparation for a six-pointer at West Brom.

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The 0-0 FA Cup fourth round clash was low on spectacle but it resulted in a much-welcomed clean sheet and the banishing of some personal demons for Pollitt.

The 38-year-old was given his chance to impress at the Reebok with first-choice shot-stopper Ali Al Habsi unable to play against his parent club.

Wigan sit just a point from safety and have the opportunity to drag the Baggies further into the relegation mire, the definition of a six-point clash and one Pollitt is desperate to win.

"It was vital for us to put in a good performance before we go to The Hawthorns," Pollitt told the Sun.

"We need to get out of the bottom three and there's a chance to do that if we can win on Tuesday. That is a massive game for us, that is our bread and butter.

"We got something out of this game after a couple of defeats and we want to build on that.

"We have to go there feeling confident and in a positive frame of mind."


Saturday's dour 0-0 draw may not have set the world alight, but it marked the first Wigan start for Pollitt since the final game of last season.

The Latics were thumped 8-0 by newly-crowned champions Chelsea, a game that Pollitt, despite spending two decades in the game, still has trouble coming to terms with.

"It was a nice change from my last start. to come here and keep a clean sheet. I was a bit shell-shocked after that Chelsea match to be honest," added the keeper.

"I've had to wait a long time for another start and it's nice to be able to say you kept a clean sheet in your latest game, rather than talk about losing 8-0 to Chelsea!"