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Match Report: Bournemouth 0-1 Wigan Athletic

It had to be a routine win; nothing else would do for this one. Yet Martinez kept faith in his kids s he looked to book Latics passage to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. You may remember a certain BBC Pundit once criticized Sir Alex Ferguson for his over use of his worth plays, as you don't win anything with kids. Could our kids prove to be as fruitful?

Mike Hewitt

Of course we aren't as good as the class of 1995. There is no Paul Scholes (There is a Frazer Fyvie though), there is no David Beckham (there is a Callum McManaman) and there defiantly isn't a Gary Neville, well we do have a better player in Roman Golobart.

But you see my point, at the time when the likes of the fore mentioned players were coming into their height, and you ever heard of them? Maybe whispers of these great young lads coming up through the youth ranks of Manchester United, so why can't our lads be the same, and what is wrong with playing them in the FA Cup. They need experience and it is time they showed what they could do.

Personally I feel that previous night was a big success. The lads all put in a very good shift as we looked to win and we did. Defensively we were strong, with three senior players in the defence, which would improve important through the night as their leadership and guidance on the pitch would help lead on the younger fractions of the side.

One man though in the defence who would impress was Golobart, not necessarily in the early stages but he would become important later on. First it was turn of our midfield to try and kill Bournemouth's enthusiasm and energy to win the game early one. That was accomplished 20 minutes in, as a wonder strike from Mauro Boselli putting Latics 1-0 up.

Boselli latching out to loose pass from Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, the striker took the ball a yard in front before unleashing a powerful driven shot into the goal. Where had such confidence come from? Why can he one day produce such a fine finish, then the next not even manage to get in a game.

Chances were few and far between across the entire game, not just the first half. Callum McManaman came closest in the first half to score a second for Latics. The attacker had great control in the box before finding the space to have a shot on goal. In the end it wasn't enough to trouble the Bournemouth keeper.

Thus a first half ended, which the away team could be happy with, and the home following were left wondering what could have been. Bournemouth would surely pick their game up second half, and that was clear for all to see as Wigan were lucky to keep the game at 1-0.

Wigan made on chance at half time, Mike Pollitt being replaced by Ali Al Habsi. The veteran keeper picking up a hamstring problem early on in the first half lasted till half time before giving way to first choice Al Habsi.

Second half was a different story and had Bournemouth managed a shot on target, some of their efforts could have tested Ali Al Habsi. Luckily we were able to get away with their second half offensive play. Panic eventually seeped in to the defence as nerves got the better of our lads.

That didn't last for long fifteen minutes into the second half and Bournemouth had their chance, Josh McQuoid with a back post header which was sent wide. That was a warning and the defence responded. Yet a long rang effort saw Al Habsi dive to clear the ball away. This was then replicated by Roman Golobart who cleared the ball off the line.

Very much a back to the wall job in the closing stages. We had the cross bar to thank as a Mark Pugh 30 yard strike and Al Habsi beaten, yet the shot just couldn't dip down into the goal, as Bournemouth ran out time to get their equalizer.

Wigan though could have had a second Mauro Boselli was denied a great low diving header, as Jalal made a great save to deny Boselli his second of the game. While our late chance was blasted wide as Nouha Dicko went through on goal but was unable to find the target.

So it's a trip down the M6 for Latics now. Will the young lads get another run out against Macclesfield? It would not surprise me if the lads do, and good luck to the lot of them they deserve the chance to prove themselves and push Wigan closer to a trip to Wembley.