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The Colombian striker has explained his muted response to his first goal for Fulham, declaring that he did not want to taint his relationship with the Latics fans

Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega has revealed he did not celebrate his goal against Wigan on Saturday out of respect for his former club.

The Colombian joined the Cottagers from the Latics in the summer on a free transfer and scored his first goal for his new club in their 2-1 win at the DW Stadium.

And the 27 year-old, who netted on 24 occasions in 117 appearances for Roberto Martinez's side, has admitted that he did not want to upset the club's supporters by celebrating in front of them.

He told reporters: "I did not celebrate my goal because I have too much respect for Wigan and their fans, having been through all those great things with them.

"I've got good memories of things like scoring the winner at Stoke on the last day. It was great when they applauded me back.

"It has been a very special day for me. I went and said 'hi' before the game in the changing room. I made sure I said 'hi' to my friends Franco Di Santo and Maynor Figueroa, all the guys at Wigan, and Roberto Martinez."


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