Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes a Carling Cup outing could help him to iron out a few problems.
The Latics have made an inconsistent start to the 2010/11 Premier League season, with a number of fresh faces yet to find their feet.
A dismal opening to the campaign saw them ship 10 goals in their first two fixtures, while they were also beaten 2-0 by Manchester City on Sunday.
In between, they were able to pick up four points from fixtures against Tottenham and Sunderland, but have been unable to replicate the standard of performance put in during those two outings.
It is up to Martinez to find an answer to the quandary, and he hopes a cup clash with Preston on Wednesday will allow his side to establish some momentum.
The Spaniard said: "We didn't do too much wrong in terms of the way we conceded the goals (against City) but it was shocking decisions, shocking moments that make it very difficult to win a football game.
"It is very important we get out on the pitch as soon as we can to make sure we flush out the feeling we were left with on Sunday and we progress.
"At the moment we are getting heavily punished.
"Goals really change games - more than the effects to yourself it really affects the opposition in a great manner.
"When you are playing against world-class players they take advantage of those situations.
"The goals were very soft and in many ways we need to work to stop them."
One player who will be unable to help Wigan's cause in the immediate future is Tom Cleverley, as the on-loan Manchester United midfielder is currently nursing a knee ligament injury.
Martinez said: "It will probably be another two weeks.
"He is a strong, fit boy but he has a little problem with his medial ligament.
"We hope it is going to heal quicker than anyone expected but this week is probably too quick for him."