Wigan's man of the match Callum McManaman was told he would not be playing in Sunday's 4-1 FA Cup fifth-round win at Huddersfield to ensure he got a good night's sleep.
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Latics manager Roberto Martinez, who made six changes for the tie, revealed he only told the 21-year-old he would be in the starting line-up this morning so he did not spend an anxious night suffering from nerves.
"Callum is such a talented young man, he loves the game and loves playing football and when he started to guess that he was going to be starting he was getting too hyped up," said Martinez, whose side have yet to win in the Barclays Premier League in 2013.
"He would then have a bad night's sleep and we would never be able to get 90 minutes out of him in the previous rounds when he started against Macclesfield and Bournemouth he found it really difficult and I could see yesterday in training he was doing extra work in the gym and I could see he was showing a bit of anxiety.
"So I pulled him over and said I wasn't sure if he was going to start so you can imagine he had a great night's sleep and was a bit angry and this morning when he found out he was playing he was delighted."
McManaman responded with a virtuoso display, clipping home a fine opening goal in the 31st minute and laying on the second which was tapped home by Arouna Kone just before half-time.
The former Everton trainee, who has been with Wigan since 2007, then teed up James McArthur for a brilliant third goal early in the second half as Wigan secured their place in the last eight of the competition for the first time since 1987 and only the second time in the club's history.
The Latics will play at Everton or Oldham in the last eight in what will be their fourth successive away tie.
Lee Novak pulled one back for Huddersfield with a 62nd-minute header and although the visitors had to withstand a portion of late pressure, they were not unduly troubled and racked up a fourth when Kone smashed home his second in the closing stages.
Martinez added: "I was very pleased with our overall display because I'll never under-estimate scoring four goals away from home against this Huddersfield side, who I've watched a lot in recent weeks and must admit I've been very impressed.
"We were respecting Huddersfield a lot and I was pleased we played really well as a team.
"We coped with their threat really well, we moved the ball well, kept it well on a difficult pitch and overall did not look like a team who had made six changes and that's the work, that's what we're looking for within the club to develop youngsters that can step into the side and know what they're doing.
"Our desire in the FA Cup is as strong as it is in the league. We've been in the Premier League for eight seasons and there will be no bigger achievement if we make it nine and we're also in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup."
Huddersfield's new manager Mark Robins, in his first game in charge after being unveiled as the permanent successor to Simon Grayson in midweek, said he had seen glimpses from his new charges to give him optimism, but that he was glad his side would not be facing Wigan every week.
"Our performance was okay, it wasn't anything spectacular," said the former Coventry boss. "They caused us a lot of problems with the movement and their quality, it was tough. It was always going to be a difficult game."
Robins, who must improve on his new side's record of one win in their last 15 league matches if he is to keep them in the npower Championship, added: "Their were some glimpses of some good football and decent movement.
"It's going to take a little bit of time to get the team set up how I'd like it, but there's some good quality in there."