Saturday 19 January 2019

Martinez throws down gauntlet

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has challenged a number of his fringe players to earn themselves a role in the Latics' relegation battle with a good FA Cup performance tonight.

Bolton visit the DW Stadium for a fourth-round replay and, as in previous matches in the cup, Martinez plans to make a number of changes from the team which earned a creditable draw at Liverpool on Saturday.

"I see it as a great opportunity to increase the squad of players we are going to have available until the end of the season," he said. "Places are up for grabs because the position we are in the table does not guarantee anyone a place in the starting line-up

"It is quite clear who needs to have the chance to play and every game is an opportunity for any player to show what they can do and how much they want to be involved until the end of the season.

"It is an important game we can perform well in and add players into the final run-in."

The winners of tonight's tie face Fulham in the fifth round at the weekend.

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