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Friday 26 May 2017

N'Zogbia praised

Wigan 4 Hull City 1

Andy Hampson

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez hailed two-goal Charles N'Zogbia as world class after his stunning match-winning contribution against Hull yesterday.

N'Zogbia came off the substitutes' bench to spark a Latics fightback after his side had gone in at half-time 1-0 down in a low-key third-round all-Premier League FA Cup tie. The former Newcastle man scored twice and set up another for James McCarthy in a blistering 20-minute spell before Scott Sinclair wrapped up a 4-1 win in the final minute.

"Charlie is a world-class player. I think this season we have seen consistency in his play and that is very pleasing," Martinez said. "Three games in a week is hugely demanding and today the role Charlie had to play was fantastic. He played fantastically well and made a huge difference. His attitude was very good and his football is something the fans would pay money to watch."

Hull looked the side most likely to make the fourth round at the interval after going ahead with a superb Geovanni free-kick on 35 minutes. The introduction of N'Zogbia -- signed for a club record £6m a year ago -- however, changed the course of the game.

Meanwhile, Hull boss Phil Brown said, "I don't like the way we played in the second half and I'd like to apologise to the fans. I was very comfortable at half-time. I felt we controlled the game and defended well. In the second half that went by the wayside."

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