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Rodallega earns Latics praise
25 Oct 2009 - 11:01:09
Wigan Athletic striker Hugo Rodallega earned the praise of manager Roberto Martinez after scoring twice in the 3-1 victory at Burnley.
The 24-year-old Colombia international took his tally to five for the season, with Emmerson Boyce also getting on the scoresheet at Turf Moor.
Martinez said after the win: "His work-rate was exceptional, but then he is a clinical finisher and to have that instinct in your play is a massive asset.
"I was pleased because sometimes as a striker you work really hard and you don't get your rewards, but he got his.
"I felt the performance was exceptional from everyone and it would be unfair to single anyone out. But when you've a player who has that clinical finish in him, it allows you to convert performances into good results.
"He enjoys the game. We're very fortunate we've certain characters who want to work for their team-mates, but they also want to enjoy themselves and express themselves on the pitch.
"You saw that, especially in the second half. The players enjoyed themselves, but at the same time they were very disciplined with their jobs on the pitch - that allows you to be a team.
"I think the great example is Hugo, who plays with a smile on his face."