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Roberto Martinez hails ‘outstanding’ players as Wigan hammer four past West Ham to seal fourth-round place

By Mark Shales

Roberto Martinez praised the performance of his players after Wigan comfortably saw off West Ham in the Capital One League Cup last night.

Mauro Boselli’s first-half brace, Ivan Ramis’ first goal for the club and Jordi Gomez’s late penalty cancelled out Modibo Maiga’s opener for West Ham, as Wigan progressed to the fourth round with a 4-1 win.

And after watching his side suffer the worst possible start, Martinez left Upton Park the happier man and was proud of his players’ work.

“We’re really pleased because we made a lot of changes at the start of the night,” Martinez said afterwards.

“It was therefore always going to be an open game in those early stages and we got off to the worse possible start with the goal West Ham scored.

“But the reaction was outstanding – we coped with their pressure really well and our football was very sharp in opening up the opposition.

“You then have individual performances of a high quality, including Mauro Boselli who deserved his goals and took them very well.”

Boselli has struggled at Wigan since his £6million from Estudiantes in June 2010, but played a pivotal role in helping his side through to the last 16 as the away side inflicted West Ham’s first home defeat of the season.

“That was really important for him because he’s a goalscorer and I’ve said from the beginning of the season that he looks sharp, is very focused and a player of that stature is going to be very important to us this season,” Martinez added.

“Players took responsibility all over the pitch which was very pleasing after the disappointment of last weekend.

“Let’s not forget also that we took on a West Ham side high on confidence having not been beaten at home this season before our game and doing well in the league, which all made for a very pleasing night.”

The draw for the next round will be announced tonight.

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