Roberto Martinez has called upon Latics fans to turn up in their numbers and help the team push one step closer to Wembley.
Wigan Athletic will play their first home cup game since February 2011 when they host Npower League Two promotion chasers Bradford City on Tuesday and the gaffer expects Latics’ faithful to get behind the team on the night.
“From our point of view it is an important football game and with us playing at home we want to take advantage.
“To take advantage though, we need to have the fans on board and getting down to the DW Stadium on Tuesday night to get behind us.
“We know that Bradford are going to have a ferocious support with over 4,000 people who will all be cheering on their team to win.
“We have to match them on the pitch and beat them vocally in our environment to help our players perform even better.”
After impressing in the previous two rounds of the Capital One Cup against West Ham United and Nottingham Forest, Martinez believes Latics can turn in a good performance for the home fans.
“The football has been outstanding and the use of a squad with a depth of quality has been really pleasing.
“The players have been desperate to impress and the football has been of the highest quality because to go to West Ham and Nottingham Forest and score four goals in each game is a great achievement.
“Now we need everyone’s effort and we need to represent Wigan Athletic as we always do to help our players take the Club through to the last eight.
“It is an incredible prize for the winners because to get into the final eight of the competition is always a great achievement.”
“I don’t think it is a surprise that Bradford have sold so many tickets, you only have to look at the importance of the game to realise why.
“When we get to this stage of the competition and there is a chance to get into the final eight, I’m sure from Bradford’s point of view it is a very important event.
“Finally we have got a cup game at the DW Stadium and we need to treat the situation seriously and make it an event we will remember.”