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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:08 30th March 2013
By  Nick Taylor

REPORT: LATICS 1 NORWICH 0

Arouna Kone's 10th league goal of the season with less than 10 minutes to go gave Wigan Athletic a crucial three points as they recorded back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since the end of October/start of November.

It was a cagey game for both teams until Kone's blistering strike but Latics saw out the victory to rock the DW Stadium.

Roberto Martinez stuck with the same team that beat Newcastle United 2-1 in the previous game, with consistency the buzz word around the club.

The first half was one of half chances but Latics showed where they wanted to punish Norwich with Jean Beausejour created space out wide on the left.

Goal scorer Kone was the first to pull off a clear cut chance as Shaun Maloney's neat ball to Emmerson Boyce on the right side of the area was squared back to Kone in the centre but he pulled his shot just wide of Lee Camp's right post.

Latics had Antolin Alcaraz to thank for not going behind though as when a ball through the middle fell to Kei Kamara who had his eyes set on goal.

The Paraguayan defender was having none of it and his no nonsense last ditch slide cleared the ball from danger.

In the second half Latics picked up their attacking momentum and with 20 minutes to go there was another golden chance when Alcaraz rose to head Beausejour cross towards the bottom corner but Jonny Howson booted it away off the line.

Six minutes later James McCarthy curled one just wide of the post and then almost immediately after a clever forward move and cut back by Beausejour had Gomez with the goal to aim at.

The Spaniard took a touch to set himself but two Norwich defenders burst off the goal line to block his shot.

As Latics continued to build up pressure they were almost caught out when Howard Webb got in the way of Shaun Maloney in midfield but, the ball fell back to him and despite being fouled he got his pass away up to Gomez.

Webb waved play on and Gomez did just that, threading an excellent ball through for Kone to run onto down the right, the Ivorian international let the ball run across his body and simply pulled the trigger to lash the ball past Lee Camp.

Latics had work to do to see the result out with 10 minutes to go but did so with relative ease as Kone held the ball up well and McCarthy and James McArthur broke up any Norwich moves.