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The Wigan boss has praised the forward after he put in an impressive performance during Saturday's 3-0 victory over fellow Premier League strugglers Aston Villa

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has described Shaun Maloney as one of the most gifted players in the Premier League.

Maloney featured for the full 90 minutes as the Latics earned a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday which moved them out of the relegation zone.

And Martinez has praised the Scotland international's contribution to the victory at Villa Park.

He told reporters:
"Shaun Maloney is one of the most gifted players you can see in this league. He has a good eye for a pass but other than that he has moved to a different level.
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"His performance against Villa was of the highest, highest level. This season is a reflection of what he did last season. I hope he gets a lot of recognition as he deserves all the credit.

"Maloney is a fine professional and a massive asset to Wigan."

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