Rodallega takes Martinez plaudits

27 December 2010 01:30
Roberto Martinez paid tribute to an inspirational performance by Hugo Rodallega in Wigan's vital win at Wolves. Rodallega scored one goal and then set up another for Tom Cleverley in the 2-1 victory which moved them out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and up to 16th. The 25-year-old Colombian striker has emerged as Wigan's talisman since joining the club in 2009 and Martinez felt is was Rodallega's display which drove his team-mates on at Molineux. "You look at the talent of players and with Hugo it is quite clear that he has that natural gift of moving with perfect timing," Martinez said. "I think his work ethic was a real inspiration for the team as he played in that lone position (up front). "He is still a very young man but he has scored 18 goals in the Premier League and he wants to beat the club record of 20 set by Henri Camara. He has that motivation and desire, which is taking him to the level he is showing week in, week out."

Source: PA