Latics deserve more as hard work almost pays off
NORWICH CITY 1
Hoolahan 10WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
Moses 68Report by Nick Taylor
Wigan Athletic could so easily have been elevated up the table but, Norwich City hung on for a 1-1 draw.
The Canaries went ahead through Wes Hoolahan but, were pegged back by Latics as Victor Moses
equalised. Latics had plenty of chances to win it late on but, that hint of luck just wasn't there as Hugo Rodallega
's bicycle kick couldn't find the goal.
Roberto Martinez made two changes for the long haul trip to Norfolk as Rodallega and Moses replaced Franco di Santo
and Conor Sammon
The changes gave Latics a much wider look from the outset as they dominated the opening exchanges.
After 10 minutes though, Norwich found themselves in the lead after a series of errors in defence for Latics.Ali Al Habsi
scuffed his kick out for a Norwich throw-in which, taken quickly, set Norwich onto the front foot as Simeon Jackson found Hoolahan in the box who volley in, side footed past Al Habsi.
It was Hoolahan's second against Latics this season as he scored in the 1-1 draw back in August at the DW Stadium.Jordi Gomez peppered the Norwich goal with a number of long-range efforts
Latics weren't down hearted for long as Jordi Gomez
sprung into life with a series of long range efforts, one of which had John Ruddy scrambling after he spilled his save.
Rodallega had a similar effort spilled by Ruddy but, again the Norwich number one was quick enough to gobble up the ball.
After half time, Latics were on the front foot once more as they flowed forward in numbers to try and draw level.
Jean Beausejour was often in space down the left hand side but, couldn't quite get the delivery perfect for Latics to take advantage.Instant Impact: Maloney was the provider for Moses goal
On 55 minutes, the so far unfavoured midfielder Shaun Maloney replaced Gomez and made an instant impact.
He was intelligent on the ball and just over 10 minutes later he played the pass of the game, splitting the defence and playing Moses in one on one.
The Nigerian international rounded the keeper and simply placed the ball into the goal.
Latics were right back into it and looked like they could take all three points.
More chances came for Latics and they will be kicking themselves that they couldn't score.
The best chance towards the end of the game for Latics came to late substitute Mohamed Diame
who was played in with a near open goal on the edge of the area.
The ball came at him fast and he hit it with his instep but, the Norwich bodies infront of him seemed to put him off as the ball went narrowily over the bar.
Al Habsi then pulled off the save of the game to make sure Latics got something from the game as he leaped across the goal to push out a Steve Morison header.
Latics may have only picked up a point but, the positives taken from this game look like they will push the side on to claim more positive results towards the end of the season.Norwich City: Ruddy, Drury, Whitbread, Ward, Naughton, Crofts (Bennett 69), Surman (Pilkington 70), Hoolahan, Fox, Holt (Morison 59), Jackson
Unused subs: Steer, R, Martin, Johnson, Wilbraham
Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Beausejour, McArthur, McCarthy (Diame 85), Gomez (Maloney 56), Rodallega, Moses
Unused subs: Kirkland, Stam, Watson, Di Santo, McManaman