JASON Tindall was pleased to see a second-half improvement from his Bournemouth side knock out Latics as they reached the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Cherries boss was less than impressed with what he saw in the first half as the visitors had the better of the play and could have gone in ahead at the Vitality Stadium.

Harry Kewell's side created several chances with Jordan Barnett having one effort come back off the inside of the post.

As it was, Dylan Bahamboula’s penalty cancelled out David Brooks’ goal to leave the game locked at 1-1 at the interval.

During the half-time break, Tindall got into his players and changed system with Josh King scoring twice to seal victory for the Championship side after Rodrigo Riquelme had put the Cherries in front for a second time early in the second half.

"We weren't good enough in the first half," admitted the Bournemouth boss, who made 10 changes from the Cherries' last Championship game.

"I felt we were way below our standards, way below the expectations we set ourselves, hence the tactical change at half-time.

"I felt we came out second half and we were much, much better.

"We controlled the second half, scored three good goals in the second half and should have scored probably another two or three more goals.

"Certainly it was way below my expectations as a team and I'm sure from the expectations of the individuals in the first half. But we were much better second half."

Tindall had been expecting to take his side north on Saturday only for a late change due to concerns over the Boundary Park pitch.

Like Latics boss Kewell, he felt common sense had prevailed when it came to doing everything possible to get the game played given how packed the schedule already is in a season truncated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I know Stephen Purches (Bournemouth assistant) was talking to Harry before the match and he was pleased that the game was moved to here,” Tindall said. “So I don’t think they were too disappointed.

“Because there are no fans in the stadium it doesn’t really matter so much, you don’t really lose out on revenue.

“It something we didn’t expect, it was very unusual.

"It was made for the right reasons especially if it avoids a backlog of fixtures.

“From our point of view it was nice not to travel and that we had the home fixture.”