So to the League Cup, it’s now called the ‘Capital One Cup‘. The regular August distraction that invariably see’s Wigan knocked out at the first hurdle that is the 2nd Round.
So the competition has seen Wigan draw Nottingham Forest. The match will be played on Tuesday Night at the City Ground on the 28th August with a 7:45pm Kick Off.
Back to the League Cup Record for Wigan, this will be the 8th time in the League Cup as a Premier League Team, the previous 7 have seen Wigan knocked out at the 2nd Round 4 times, 4th Round in 08/09, 5th Round 10/11 and of course runners up in 05/06.
Prior to that Wigan’s League Cup record from 1978, had only seen Wigan get past the 2nd Round 3 times!
81/82 we saw the 4th Round, after Stockport County, Aldershot & Chelsea eventually losing to Aston Villa 2-1 at Springfield Park.
02/03 we got to the 5th Round, after Northampton, West Brom, Man City & Fulham eventually losing to Blackburn 2-0 at the JJB. You may remember this competition, Wigan then a 2nd Division Team (3rd Tier) knocking out 3 Premiership teams on the spin & falling to the 4th @ the DW. Blackburn eventual Premiership finish was 6th in May 2003.
03/04 saw the 3rd Round, after Hull & Fulham, losing 2-1 to Middlesbrough at the JJB.
So that was a potted history of Wigan’s League Cup to lead you in to the game, of course our most recent League cup game was last seasons 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in the, yes you’ve guessed it the 2nd Round.
In regards previous matches with Forest, this will be the first time we’ve ever played Forest in the Cup, we have though played Forest whilst we were in the Division 1/Championship for those 2 seasons. Those 4 games saw 3 draws and 1 win for Forest a 1-0 @ the City Ground in April 2004.
The match will be shown Live on Sky Sports that evening, along with Northampton & Wolves.
Sky are obviously looking for a upset, now who would have thought that the past European Champions would be hailed as giant killers against Wigan Athletic?!
Referee & Assistants for the game will be ref Geoff Eltringham, assistants of Simeon Lucas (that a posh way of spelling Simon?) and Kevin Mattocks, with the 4th official of Trevor Kettle.
Looking at the referee database, yes they do have one! Geoff last officiated in a Wigan match back in February, as a 4th Official for the 0-0 against Villa. He also reffed a Forest match in April, when Forest lost 2-1 against Hull, dishing out 4 Yellow Cards.
Coming into the game and with it being the start of the season, there are few if no bumps, bruises & suspensions. Forest lucky in that they’ve no one on the Treatment table and Wigan just watching over 3 players in Maloney, McArthur & Beausejour.
I’m hoping that for once Wigan seem to take the League Cup seriously? Bob picking a squad with a mixture of first team players, along with some of the fringe & youth team.
Players that we know can or will eventually break through in to the Wigan team. I’d like to see players like Miyaichi, Boselli, McManaman, Fyvie have a game.
Result aside, I’d like to see Wigan use this game to confirm, something they’ve not had for a few years, something called ‘depth’ in their squad. Oh a 1-0 win with Boselli getting the winner will do, if you’re really asking.
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