DAVID Jones hopes the midweek victory at Nottingham Forest will have given Roberto Martinez a massive selection headache.
The Wigan boss made a raft of changes for the Capital One Cup clash, and saw his new-look side put four past a determined Forest side in front of their own disbelieving fans.
And Jones, who was impressive alongside Ben Watson in the centre of the midfield, is keeping his fingers crossed it was the start of a decent run in the side.
“The manager is always highlighting the importance of competition for places and he stressed again before the game that we need to keep up the standards of the club – regardless of the competition we’re playing in,” Jones told the Evening Post.
“I thought the players who came in put on a really good performance and we’re hoping the manager was impressed with what he saw.
“If players are missing for the next game, as will be the case in at least one position, hopefully we’ve given him something to think about.
“Not just that, it was also a good work-out for a number of guys who haven’t played a lot of football so far this season.”
A few experts had pinpointed the clash as a potential banana skin for the Premier League side, but two goals in the space of 10 minutes gave Wigan a 3-0 interval lead and virtually booked their place in round three.
“They’re always difficult games in the League Cup, there’s usually a few changes in both teams and you don’t know how things are going to pan out,” Jones acknowledged.
“But we were up for this one right from the start , we dominated virtually from the off and we deserved the three goals.
“They got one back after the break, we maybe got a little bit sloppy which resulted in a bit of pressure for them.
“Thankfully we managed to hold on and hit them on the break at the end to seal the win.”
The highlight of the game was Maynor Figueroa’s incredible 30-yard strike that arrowed into the top corner like an Exocet missile.
“I was thinking as he lined it: ‘He’s due one’,” Jones laughed.
“We all know that he’s capable of doing that, and it was a great strike.
“We’ve seen him do that in the past, and we were all delighted for him when it flew in.”
The victory went some way towards improving Wigan’s atrocious record in domestic cup competitions.
Last term they bowed out at the first hurdle of the League Cup to Crystal Palace and the FA Cup at Swindon, but Jones admits the scent of Wembley is already in the air around the DW.
“It’s nice to dream, and you always have to have an aim no matter what you’re trying to achieve,” he added.
“This competition has seen some good cup runs in the past, and this club went all the way to the final in 2006 so that’s something we’re definitely looking to emulate.
“Whatever club you’re at, whatever competition you’re in, you want to get a winning culture going.
“It’s always good to go on a cup run, because it gives you extra games for every player to show what they can do, and it breeds confidence and a winning mentality that you can then take into the league.”