Roberto Martinez has denied devaluing the FA Cup, but his rotation policy is set to continue for Wigan's third-round replay with Bournemouth.
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Martinez made nine changes at the DW Stadium and watched his side produce a disjointed first-half display against their League One opponents before recovering after the break to salvage a 1-1 draw.
It pitches the Latics into a trip to Dean Court in between vital Barclays Premier League games against Fulham and Sunderland.
So Martinez, whose last two cup journeys have ended against Swindon and Bradford, will continue to use the competition as a vital part of his younger players' education.
"I do show the FA Cup respect," he said.
"There are youngsters here I feel have a bright future, but we will never accelerate their development unless we play them in these competitions.
"That is what we have to do at this club.
"I don't just want to win games in the short term.
"The first team has to be part of a learning process. Fighting relegation is not an environment for youngsters to show what they can do."
Martinez cited the examples of defender Roman Golobart and on-loan striker Angelo Henriquez as perfect examples.
Twenty-year-old Golobart had an effective debut in central defence following loan spells at Inverness and Tranmere, while Henriquez looked lively on his first appearance after signing from Manchester United for the rest of the season, hitting the bar with one near-post header.
"I was very pleased with Roman Golobart," said Martinez. "And it was perfect platform for Angelo Henriquez to make his debut.
"We have spent a lot of money to build a facility that will develop young players. Now we need to be brave enough to give them opportunities."
To that end, Martinez said he is happy enough to have an additional fixture, even if the travelling involved is hardly convenient.
And Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was equally content, despite an element of controversy hanging over the result.
Aside from Eunan O'Kane's opener, Marc Pugh was booked for diving inside the box when the Bournemouth man was convinced he should have had a penalty for Golobart's challenge.
Then Bournemouth were equally convinced Simon Francis had not fouled Maynor Figueroa for the Wigan penalty from which Gomez equalised, the midfielder tapping home the rebound after Shwan Jalan had saved his initial effort.
"Marc is not the type of player who goes to ground easily," said Howe of the first incident.
"If he goes to the floor I would bank on it being a penalty.
"And their penalty was disappointing. It was one of those 50-50 decisions and unfortunately it went against us."
Bournemouth did extend their unbeaten run to 17 games, though, and showed enough in a spirited ending when they looked more likely to grab a winner, to show they will not be beaten easily on home soil.
"These things can work two ways," said Howe.
"We will have the crowd with us and it will be a good occasion, so we will certainly look forward to it.
"But Wigan have top quality players and a big squad so they are still favourites."