Roberto Martinez is turning to fresh young faces to lead the charge in Wigan Athletic’s FA Cup replay tonight and end Bournemouth’s 17-game unbeaten streak.
Euan O’Kane’s strike put the League One flyers ahead at the DW Stadium before Jordi Gomez followed up his penalty miss to set up a rematch at Dean Court.
And as Wigan, who fell at this stage last season to League Two side Swindon, look to overcome a side unbeaten since mid-October, Martinez is bringing in his talented youth.
“It is important that the youngsters and players who haven’t been able to show what they can do and have been working hard in training, that we give them that opportunity,” he said.
“It is an exciting game to see certain players that arrive at the club and get ready for the demands of the club and the British game.
“The FA Cup is a very important tournament for us but it’s a tournament that we need to be able to cope with by the strength in the squad.
“We are looking forward to the challenge. We will see some players who are enjoying a good moment of form in training.”
Wigan will be without defender Ivan Ramis, who has knee ligament damage, while Antolin Alcaraz could feature after recovering from a groin strain and on-loan Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez may start.
While keen to shake up his squad selection, Martinez admitted winning is still paramount – with a fourth round trip to Blue Square Bet Premier side Macclesfield at stake.
“It’s a game that it doesn’t matter who’s going to be on the pitch, it’s a game that we want to win and we will try to do everything we can to get a positive outcome,” he said.
“They’ve got real good football concepts to get 17 games unbeaten, at any level that’s a real good sign of a very strong unit.
“Their games are always stylish and they play with teams who want to impose themselves on the ball.
“I think Bournemouth played really, really well at the DW Stadium and we will have to be really concentrated and focused to get through.”