Wigan boss Martinez defends his Cup team selection

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez stands by his team selection for FA Cup games.

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez stands by his team selection for FA Cup games.

The fact Martinez makes significant changes for cup competitions and plays youngsters - with Tuesday's third round replay against Bournemouth unlikely to be any different - goes some way to explaining their results.

"In my eyes they are strong players or they wouldn't be with us," he said.

"It is all good for me to say I want to look at the youth, give opportunities to the young players and create a path to the develop the youngsters if I am not going to be brave enough to give them opportunities.

"I want to create something special at the football club where we can develop our youngsters. In the last game against Bournemouth we saw the debut of Roman Golobart, who has been on a three-year programme.

"He was sent on loan to Inverness in the Scottish Premier League and he has come back stronger - there are some youngsters that deserve that opportunity. If we don't win, I will take that responsibility but I will never be shy of giving youngsters opportunities and making sure that we are producing our own players.

"I think it is important you share the demands and progressing in the cup is as important as winning football games. Sometimes it can be unfair to put a youngster out in the Premier League when they are not ready because the gap between Under-21 football and the first team is huge.

"Sometime having a competition in between, which is vital to win because we want to win in every competition, is something that as a club and a manager we need to be brave enough to give youngsters opportunities."

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