Burnley 1 Wigan Athletic 3: Cocky Hugo Rodallega is the victor for Martinez

26 October 2009 08:27
While Burnley can only hope that the sudden self-doubt affecting goalkeeper Brian Jensen does not spread to the rest of the team, there are no such worries over Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega.

The Colombian needed time to settle last season, but two goals at Turf Moor took him a third of the way towards a target he boldly gave his manager Roberto Martinez in the summer.

Double trouble: Wigan's Hugo Rodallega celebrates after scoring his second against Burnley

'On the first day, he told me he wanted to score 15 goals,' recalled Martinez. 'I said, 'if you score 15 goals I don't think I'll be able to work with you for too long!'.'

Rodallega duly came up with a goal of the season contender on the opening day at Aston Villa, and the fact that numbers four and five were scored with a new pair of boots he had delivered last week with his name and the Colombian flag stitched into the leather is another sign of the man's self-belief.

Martinez added: 'He's very, very arrogant, in the right way, and a great example for everybody. He feels he's going to score in any game.'

Not that Rodallega had to work particularly hard for the goal that cancelled out Steven Fletcher's early opener on Saturday.

Dangerous Brian: Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen is left hurt and embarrassed after his slip led to Wigan's equaliser

It was as bizarre a moment as you will see this season. Jensen, who had looked all at sea in Burnley's derby defeat to Blackburn six days earlier, suffered another moment of horrible indecision as he came out to claim Mario Melchiot's innocuous through-ball and then retreated, only to fall over his own feet and flat on his face, gifting Rodallega an open goal.

Jensen left Turf Moor on crutches but one suspects that damaged confidence and pride will take longer to heal than a twisted ankle.

Burnley skipper Steven Caldwell said: 'Everyone thought Brian was coming for it. It looked like a slip and it was disappointing for the team because I thought we were bossing the game at that point.

'It was a real shock. The atmosphere flattened and the crowd felt the shock of that goal as well.

'But we all make mistakes and take them on the chin as a team. There's no blame for Brian because he's saved us enough times. I just hope that he comes back fit as soon as possible.'

Rodallega fired a fantastic second beyond Jensen's replacement, Peruvian Diego Penny. Emmerson Boyce added a third.

Burnley's away form is as awful as their home form is good - five straight defeats.'It was disappointing that we went down with a whimper,' said Caldwell. 'But we didn't think we were going to win every game at home this season, so it's about how we react now.'

BURNLEY (4-1-4-1): Jensen 5 (Penny 15min, 5); Mears 5, Carlisle 6, Caldwell 5, Jordan 4; Alexander 5; Eagles 6, Bikey 5 (McDonald 82), Elliott 6, Blake 7 (Nugent 67, 6); Fletcher 6. Booked: Carlisle, AlexanderWIGAN (4-5-1): Kirkland 6; Melchiot 6, Boyce 7, Bramble 6, Figueroa 5 (Gomez 28, 6); N'Zogbia 6, Thomas 6, Diame 6, Scharner 7 (King 78, 6), Rodallega 8; Scotland 7.Man of the match: Hugo Rodallega.Referee: Lee Mason.


Source: Daily_Mail