Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has condemned fans of the club for their criticism of Jordi Gomez.
A few early mistakes were pounced upon by the fans, but the 27-year-old went on to score a hat-trick.
Martinez was happy with the way his player responded and questioned the motives of those who voiced their discontent:
“Jordi divides opinions because he represents a style of football,” Martinez is quoted by SkySports.
“I was disappointed on Saturday, a little sector of the crowd couldn’t wait until the final whistle to look back on his performance and then assess it.
“I was so proud of the manner Jordi reacted to whatever was going on. He showed an incredible mental strength.
“Jordi’s performance and his handling of the occasion was a real example of how to be a professional footballer.
“The dressing room was very proud. You don’t want players who don’t have the warmth from the crowd.
“All he did is do everything he could to win the points for Wigan Athletic and I think a sector of the crowd should realise that.”