Martinez hails birthday boy Moses

11 December 2011 07:17

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez hailed the performance of striker Victor Moses after he celebrated his 21st birthday 48 hours early with a crucial role in the 2-1 win at West Brom.

Moses scored his first goal for 13 months to cancel out the opener from Steven Reid's free-kick and then won the penalty converted by Jordi Gomez for the winner.

Martinez said: "I don't think Victor has had a bad spell this season. He has been very consistent. He is only 20, he had a great birthday present, on Monday he is 21 and the first goal was as good a finish as you are going to get in this league."

He added: "I know that sometimes playing for Wigan you are not going to get as much credit as playing for other clubs.

"But the way he has been working on a daily basis, he has got huge potential and I've got no doubts that he is going to fulfil it."

Albion have now conceded penalties in four successive home games but head coach Roy Hodgson preferred not to comment on decisions made by referee Mike Dean.

He said: "My wife slaughters me for complaining about the penalties, and she is probably right, so I prefer to say nothing.

"People can make up their own mind. We will just get on with it. There is no doubt that it was a penalty for their goal.

"If he (Dean) got any of the others (decisions) wrong, I don't know. Time will tell.

"The TVs will go through the analysis. They will come up with the answers. I will keep my mouth shut."

Source: PA