Halt, Hugo’s there

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ROBERTO Martinez admits he won’t be sending his players out today with any special instructions to combat Hugo Rodallega on his first return to Wigan.

Rodallega moved to Fulham on a free transfer in the summer, after becoming Latics’ all-time record Premier League marksman during his three-and-a-half years at the club.

The Wigan boss hopes Rodallega receives a reception that befits his contribution down the years. But he’s confident his backline will be up to the challenge of keeping their ex-pal quiet once the whistle goes.

“I think you appreciate players like Hugo more when they have retired, and I am sure that will be the same for Hugo,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“He produced so many positive memories while he was here, but we have both moved on and we are trying to take the football club on to a different level.

“You don’t want to turn it into a competition, because you achieved so much together, but it was a special time for both parties while he was here.”