LATICS may have been dumped out of the Capital One Cup by a fourth tier side on Tuesday, but at least Roberto Martinez was able to give some young starlets a taste of the big time.
And the Latics boss was suitably impressed with some of the teenage talent which was on show in the agonising shoot-out defeat at the hands of Bradford City.
Danny Redmond and summer capture Fraser Fyvie both made their full Wigan debuts, and Martinez is confident the experience will have done the talented duo plenty of good.
The manager said: “They are young players and it’s important that they’re given opportunities to play.
“They know the football concepts of the team and the way we want to play the game, and they’ll be better players now than they were before the game.
“But it’s difficult to look into personal performances when the over-riding emotion is one of disappointment for not having the clinical touches that would have won us the game.
“The whole team were very disappointed as you can imagine.
“We had players in the team who were desperate for minutes on the pitch and to make an impact on the team.
“We were the better side throughout the match, but just lacked the final touch.”
Of course the over-riding feeling amongst Latics fans will have been one of frustration and a hint of embarrassment following Tuesday’s cup KO, but Martinez - as always – remains positive ahead of Saturday’s tough Premier League trip to in-form Tottenham.
The Latics boss added: “It was a disappointing night because it’s a competition we wanted to go far in and were looked forward to the first home cup tie in a long time.
“I felt we did everything we had to in terms of the performance needed, showing patience against a unified and organised Bradford side and creating numerous chances.
“We had a goal disallowed early on but continued to get into good situations that we just failed to capitalise upon.
“But we never lost that composure in our display and kept a clean sheet for the 120 minutes.
“Ultimately when you create that amount of chances and don’t hit the back of the net it becomes very difficult to win a football match.
“Then, when you go into a penalty shoot-out, the luck is out of your hands and it wasn’t going to be our night.
“The shoot-out is the perfect assessment of the evening; the two most assured takers were the ones who missed their chances and that was typical of the night.
“But we congratulate Bradford and wish them well in the next round whilst looking internally at how we can continue to improve.”