Melchiot hails Delap throw

Defender cautious of Potters threat

Melchiot: Stoke challenge

Melchiot: Stoke challenge

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Wigan defender Mario Melchiot has spoken of his admiration for Rory Delap ahead of the Latics' clash with Stoke at the weekend.

Melchiot says he has never seen a throw quite like the one produced by Delap during the Potters' impressive 2-1 win over Arsenal.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash at the JJB, Melchiot told Sky Sports News: "My throw is strong but I don't think there's anyone in the league that can throw like him."

"It was one hell of a throw in (against Arsenal), I've seen it a couple of times.

"It is a great weapon he has," he added. "We have to make sure we are prepared and ready for it."

Punsihment

Delap's throwing power is becoming a highly talked-about subject amongst the players, with Everton, Aston Villa and Portsmouth all conceding a goal against the Premier League new boys in a simlar fashion.

But Melchiot insists that Wigan can avoid a similar punishment providing they concentrate on their game.

"It's easier said than done, they're a big side," he added. "We must be clever to their ways."