Wigan 1 Sunderland 0: Rodallega happy as gift goal ends week of misery

28 November 2009 11:36
What a difference a week makes. Wigan conceded nine at Tottenham yetshut out Sunderland, who had beaten Arsenal seven days earlier.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was almost tearful with pride, butSunderland counterpart Steve Bruce threatened to sell his players enmasse if they fail to show passion on their travels.

Pure delight: Hugo Rodallega celebrates scoring Wigan's winner

The irony behind yesterday was match-winner Hugo Rodallega.

Bruce signed the Colombian towards the end of his time at Wigan, andonly last week chairman Dave Whelan had blamed Bruce's 'dodgy signings'for the massacre at White Hart Lane.

'He doesn't look a bad signing now,' said Bruce last night, with a sly smile.

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Rodallega's quality stood out in the 76th minute as he collectedPaul Scharner's pass, shrugged off Paulo Da Silva and fired his sixthgoal of the season from a most acute angle. 

Paraguay captain Da Silva missed his attempted header, fell over and  let his man burst clear.

Even then, Bruce was furious with Marton Fulop.

Relief: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez saw his side bounce back in style

'If the goalkeeper had stayed on his line it would have been impossible for Rodallega to score from  there,' he said.

But he saved his worst venom for the form which has seen Sunderland win just once away in 2009.

He said: 'We just don't play with the same vigour and determination away from the Stadium of Light.

'That's about one away  win in 17 games. We have the ability but wehave to change the mentality. If it doesn't, I'll have to change thepersonnel.'

Martinez watched the video of his side's 9-1 defeat to Spurs 10 times.

'Painful,' he said. 'It has been a very testing week. To react like we have done to that adversity makes me extremely proud.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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