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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe highlights importance of FA Cup replays

20 January 2018

Egyptian worldwide midfielder Sam Morsy has scored as Wigan Athletic smashed AFC Bournemouth 3-0 in FA Cup third round replay.

Bournemouth sit 13th in the Premier League ahead of their meeting with West Ham following their 2-1 win over Arsenal.

The rest of the game went uneventful as Wigan Athletic managed to secure their place in FA Cup Fourth Round, where they host West Ham United.

Wigan assistant manager Leam Richardson explained: "It will be a very similar game to the first one; I don't think there's an outright favourite - it will be two teams wanting to progress".

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"I think the changes last year affected the result, this year no".

Howe has no fresh selection concerns ahead of the game.

Striker Jermain Defoe (ankle) and defender Tyrone Mings (back) are long-term absentees.

Northern Ireland worldwide Will Grigg broke the deadlock between these teams at Vitality Stadium in the original tie and the striker, who has already scored four FA Cup goals this term, would dearly love to continue his scoring streak on this occasion.

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And he pointed to the player's performance in the 3-0 defeat of Wigan was evidence of that.

Bournemouth, on the other hand, have lost each of their last three FA Cup replays, including losing at home to Wigan in their last FA Cup third round replay in 2013, thanks to a Mauro Boselli victor (0-1).

"But I think it's important for us that we don't forget where we've come from, forget what it was like when we were in a different position".

I know it wasn't that long ago that they won the FA Cup, but Wigan will have less interest as they will just be focusing on getting out of League One, while the Cherries can rotate their forwards and still cause problems.

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe highlights importance of FA Cup replays