Wolves 0 Wigan 2: N'Zogbia is my Messi, says delighted boss Martinez

18 January 2010 12:02
Roberto Martinez likened Charles N'Zogbia to Lionel Messi after the winger scored Wigan's second goal in a win over their fellow strugglers Wolves.

N'Zogbia, 23, might appear to have little in common with the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or winner, who became the youngest player to score 100 goals for Barcelona in a 4-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday.

But the Wigan manager thinks they share more than being 5ft 7in tall.

He said: 'The way Charlie plays, he has such an electric left foot.

My Messi: Charles N'Zogbia (second left) adds a sublime second against Wolves

'Messi can go both ways, and he's got a great finish. Low balance. The way he covers the ground, the way he works. It makes him a special player.

'Charlie knows he can go as high as he wants. He has gone on to a different level but I feel he can improve a lot still.'

Martinez and Wigan owner Dave Whelan insist they will not sell key players in the January transfer window, but expect N'Zgobia, Hugo Rodallega and Maynor Figueroa to move on before the end of their careers.

Martinez said: 'We don't have to sell anyone to balance the books. That means we have to keep our best performers until the end of the season. We will be the first ones to help the players to get to the best level in world football.'

Early bath: Richard Stearman collects a second yellow card and is sent off

James McCarthy, 19, making his first Premier League start after turning down Wolves to join Wigan in the summer, put the visitors ahead on the hour mark, stroking home a pass from Rodallega as referee Howard Webb appeared to block Wolves' David Jones from making an interception.

Rodellega had a penalty saved at the end of the first half after Richard Stearman pulled McCarthy's shirt to earn a second yellow card, and he was sent off.

Hendry Thomas was also dismissed for a second bookable offence after 67 minutes, but N'Zogbia sealed the points six minutes later when he tucked Wigan's second past the excellent Marcus Hahnemann.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy said: 'I think it was a deserved sending-off, but it had a huge bearing on the match.'

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