Martinez defends Wigan selection for Bournemouth draw

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez defended his team selection for their 1-1 FA Cup draw against Bournemouth.

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez defended his team selection for their 1-1 FA Cup draw against Bournemouth.

Martinez made nine changes at the DW Stadium and watched his side produce a disjointed first-half display against their League One opponents before recovering after the break to salvage a 1-1 draw.

"I do show the FA Cup respect," he said.

"There are youngsters here I feel have a bright future, but we will never accelerate their development unless we play them in these competitions.

"That is what we have to do at this club.

"I don't just want to win games in the short term.

"The first team has to be part of a learning process. Fighting relegation is not an environment for youngsters to show what they can do."

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