IT may have been a dismal FA Cup defeat for Latics last weekend, but for manager Roberto Martinez he was at least delighted with the performances of some of his young guns.
Some fans will no doubt still be struggling to get over the 2-1 humbling at League Two Swindon Town, but looking forward Martinez is clearly encouraged and has high hopes for some of Latics’ emerging talent.
One of the Latics youngsters in question, Callum McManaman, scored at the County Ground, and Martinez has seen fit to sing the 20-year-old’s praises.
The Latics boss said: “To see Callum McManaman as bright as he was last weekend was terrific, it’s always good to see youngsters progress and do well.
“Jordan Mustoe adapted really well too, so within the disappointment of losing the cup game, the bigger picture for the future make much more positive reading.
“Callum is obviously ready to help with the first team in the Premier League now, that’s quite clear. In football you do have to take your chances, and in terms of opportunities Callum has done just that.
“After a very successful loan spell at Blackpool where he tested himself in a very competitive Championship competition, he’s since taking advantage of the situation here since returning.
“Playing games will be the next step in his career, and that’s very important.
“I have been very impressed with his attitude and his performance on Saturday despite the result.”
Martinez added: “All the players in the squad have been working really hard and at this stage of the season we do have a clearer picture of what we need to do.
“We know we need to be more than ready for the Manchester City game of course. That’s the next big test.”