After years and years of being the underdog in cup competitions, I still find it hard to adjust to the tag of ‘giant’. Mostly because it’s one of those media terms used, often erroneously, to glorify the Midweek Floodlit Trophy. In reality, Latics are as much giants as Nottingham Forest are ‘minnows’: in fact one could successfully argue the double European Champions are the bigger club – I certainly wouldn’t contest that statement.
Sky Sports, then, clearly respect Wigan’s higher league placing, even if they did select this game on the basis there could possibly (would probably?) be an upset. So, for one evening, all neutrals became Forest supporters because it’s much more fun to shout for the underdog. On the evidence of that, Sky wouldn’t have drawn much criticism for billing this broadcast ‘Everybody Hates Wigan‘.
Enough media-fuelled cynicism (for now), because there was a game of football to play here, remember? Agh, well I suppose I’d better talk about it – I did watch the whole thing on telly after all. Alright, get your ‘part time supporter’ jibes out of the way now – The Boss (no, not that one, or indeed that one) wasn’t about to tolerate me booking a Wednesday off for a ‘silly Carling Cup game’.
I’m joking of course, because my boss is cool. He knows it’s called the Capital One Cup now, and is fully aware of how we get so excited about such matches. He doesn’t understand the hype, but at the very least acknowledges the effect it can have on the die-hard footy fan.
As we all know deep down, the awful truth is that the League Cup is the league’s poorer cousin and a lot of managers just find it a pain in the proverbials. Roberto says he is a fan, but one suspects this is only because it gives his second team a taste of the action. Which, I guess, is free advertising for potential loan deals. Oh, and it’s good for competition. Indeed, this evening’s tie will have given him cause to briefly reconsider Saturday’s starting lineup… maybe.
Although Martinez did make numerous changes, it was a pretty strong Latics side that took to the pitch at kick off. Well, I did say that in the past and was made to eat my words, but you felt tonight could be different. Heck, we were due a good cup performance after the disappointments of last season.
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