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13:33 11th March 2012


Latics deserve more as hard work almost pays off


Hoolahan 10


Moses 68

Report 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
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.

Shaun Maloney
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
    Data provided by Press Association