Roberts protests innocence
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan's Jason Roberts has vehemently denied deliberately elbowing James Collins.Wigan hot-shot Jason Roberts has vehemently denied deliberately elbowing James Collins in Wednesday's 2-0 win over West Ham.
The in-form striker was shown a yellow card for leading with his arm in an aerial challenge with the Hammers defender, and in a later incident appeared to swing his elbow into the face of the Welsh international.
Collins was left with a bloodied lip after the incident that could yet land the Latics striker in hot water if the FA act on Video footage, but Roberts has protested his innocence in the face of criticism.
"I always had my eye on the ball," insisted Roberts. "I was with James Collins afterwards and he was fine about it.
"He knew I would not do anything like that."
A suspension handed to Roberts could impact severely on Paul Jewell's plans, as the strike partnership between the former West Brom man and Henri Camara has yielded ten of Wigan's last 11 goals.
The duo have emerged as one of The Premiership's finest attacks, but Roberts says he is more interested in focusing on the shock achievements of the whole squad at the JJB Stadium.
"Our partnership is not something I have focused on," Roberts continued.
"I am not interested in how many goals I get or how good I am. I just want to help the team.
"It is great to be rewriting history at this club.
"It is happening for all of us, it is not just a case of the strikers doing better.
"We are still looking at 40 points. Once we get there, we will have another look at things."