Martinez hails N'Zogbia class

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

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 all-Premier League FA Cup tie. The former Newcastle forward 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," said Martinez.

"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."

Just 5,335 turned up at the DW Stadium for a game which had been billed as a likely contest between two reserve teams.

That did not quite prove the case but with 13 changes between the two managers, it was obvious their priorities lie with the likely relegation battle ahead.

Martinez said: "I am not surprised because of the weather. With such atrocious conditions I would not blame anyone for not taking the risk to come.

"But I am pleased with the fans that were in the ground. They were really passionate and I am sure they enjoyed a good second half."

Hull boss Phil Brown felt the need to say sorry to the estimated 700 Tigers fans who battled a Pennine blizzard to get to the game.

Brown said: "I don't like the way we played in the second half and I would like to apologise to the fans. The second-half performance wasn't acceptable."

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