Saturday December 15, 2012 Day 17 Finished Carrow Road

Norwich City 2 - 1 Wigan Athletic

  • Pilkington 15’
  • Hoolahan 64’
  • Maloney 51’

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  1. Premier League - Norwich extend run with win over Wigan

    Premier League - Norwich extend run with win over Wigan

    Norwich secured their fifth successive home win in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Wigan at Carrow Road. More

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    Time:90'
    • Norwich City
    • Wigan Athletic
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' The full-time whistle goes at Carrow Road, and Norwich claim a fifth successive home league victory with a 2-1 win over Wigan in the Premier League! It's another fine win for Chris Hughton's side, who are now 10 games unbeaten. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3' Elliott Bennett comes on to replace the excellent Pilkington, who receives a deserved standing ovation.
    • 90+2' What a challenge from Bassong! The defender slides in to deny Kone, who was through on goal, and that prevents a near-certain goal!
    • 90+1' Pilkington, who has had a tremendous match, defends very effectively to deny Kone.
    • 90' There will be four added minutes at the end of this second half, and Norwich will be praying that Holt's injury is not too serious.
    • 89' Holt departs to a standing ovation, and he is replaced by Steve Morison.
    • 88' Holt pulls up holding his right leg, and he looks in pain. Surely Hughton will take him off now.
    • 87' Norwich look pretty comfortable now as the hosts look to close out the match with a slender advantage.
    • 86' It's been a dispirited second-half showing from the visitors after they conceded the second goal.
    • 85' Wigan have, of course, made all three changes, and they are struggling to challenge late on.
    • 84' Hoolahan gets a deserved standing ovation as he is replaced by Jonny Howson.
    • 83' It's a scrappy affair late on, but Norwich are happy to just make challenges and keep the ball as much as possible.
    • 82' Garrido overhits the resulting set piece, but Wigan build very slowly from the back without any real urgency.
    • 81' Hoolahan again wins a free kick at the expense of Boyce, and he is playing superbly in behind Holt.
    • 79' Norwich are ending the match very strongly, and Hughton is looking less anxious than he was a few minutes ago.
    • 77' Hoolahan is bundled over by Boyce, and he has had a tremendous match for the hosts.
    • 76' Sebastien Bassong has now scored three goals in four PL apps after only bagging two in his previous 94 PL appearances. He's played very well this afternoon.
    • 75' Pilkington unleashes a rasping drive from the edge of the Wigan box, and Al Habsi makes another stunning save down low to his left to deny the winger!
    • 74' Di Santo is full of energy in attack for Wigan, and he is already making a difference.
    • 73' Franco Di Santo replaces Mauro Boselli, who made his first start in over two years for Wigan this afternoon - he did not play well.
    • 72' Wigan suddenly look very deflated, and Martinez is desperately trying to inspire his men.
    • 71' Norwich have had eight shots on target, with Wigan having had four.
    • 70' Al Habsi makes another fine save as he palms the ball away to deny Tettey, and he's had a fine game.
    • 69' Hoolahan is now at the other end of the pitch defending superbly with a fine intervention.
    • 67' The home fans are in full voice once more, and suddenly Hughton's side are passing the ball around very confidently.
    • 66' That was Hoolahan's first league goal of the season, and a very valuable one too.
    • 65' GOAL! Norwich restore their lead as Hoolahan heads beyond Al Habsi after inspired wing play from Pilkington out on the left byline! Norwich are back in the lead, and Wigan cannot remain on terms for long!
    • 63' Wigan have conceded two or more goals in each of their last six Premier League games.
    • 62' Holt misses a sitter! A deep cross from Pilkington picks out Holt at the back post, but he volleys wide from close range with Al Habsi left flat-footed - he should have scored!
    • 61' Jones fouls Hoolahan, and the home fans cheer ironically - they feel that the decisions have all gone against them this afternoon.
    • 59' It's all Wigan at the moment, and Martinez's changes and team talk have clearly had the desired effect.
    • 58' Stam takes the ball inside and finds Maloney, who cannot quite pick out Kone at the back post.
    • 57' It was Maloney's first goal in open play since his winner against Manchester United back in April.
    • 56' Figueroa drives a powerful shot from 25 yards, and Bunn has to get down to turn the ball away from his near post.
    • 55' Wigan are now very much the better team, and Norwich have to respond and quickly.
    • 54' Whittaker slides in and fouls Kone, and this time it is Hughton who is furious on the touchline.
    • 53' The home fans are a bit agitated now as Wigan look far more purposeful.
    • 52' STAT: Wigan’s last two Premier League away games have ended in 3-0 reverses. That will not be the case today.
    • 51' GOAL! Substitute Maloney unleashes a fierce strike from the edge of the Norwich box which rockets into the back of the net with Bunn left helpless! Wigan are back on terms, despite having been comprehensively outplayed in the first half!
    • 50' Boyce and Lopez combine to good effect at the back for the visitors, and Norwich have been quiet so far in this second half.
    • 49' Wigan are enjoying some good possession in the second half, and Martinez's changes appear to have made a difference.
    • 48' Maloney blasts a wild free kick miles over the crossbar from 25 yards, and that's a poor effort.
    • 47' Holt almost immediately draws a fine save from Al Habsi down low to his right with a snap shot from the edge of the box!
    • 46' The second half is under way, and Martinez has made a double change with Gomez and McCarthy replaced by Jones and Maloney.
    • - Should Roberto Martinez make changes at half-time? What do you predict the full-time scoreline will be? You can get in touch via Twitter
    • 45+3' The half-time whistle goes at Carrow Road, and Norwich lead Wigan 1-0 courtesy of Anthony Pilkington's 15th minute strike. It should be one or two more for Norwich, but Wigan remain in the contest with just a goal in it.
    • 45+2' Snodgrass again drifts out to the right and whips over a testing ball towards Holt, but Al Habsi collects once more.
    • 45+1' Tettey is put through on goal, but he dallies and ends up turning back towards his own half and playing the ball behind him!
    • 45' There will be three added minutes at the end of this first half as Wigan keep the ball tidily in thier own half.
    • 44' Al Habsi does very well to claim a high ball inside his box as he challenges with Holt, and he looks assured this time.
    • 43' Wigan are ending the first half strongly after having been outplayed for most of it. Martinez will certainly have to consider making changes at the break.
    • 42' Hughton will be generally delighted with his side's showing in this first half, but will be unhappy that only one chance has been converted.
    • 41' Wigan's first attempt on goal comes four minutes before the break, and Boselli simply drives it straight to Bunn, who gathers comfortably.
    • 40' Lopez is booked for a robust challenge on Hoolahan, and the home fans are delighted by this.
    • 39' Norwich could quite easily be three goals up at this stage, with Snodgrass and Pilkington both squandering glorious chances.
    • 38' It's all Norwich still, and Wigan cannot seem to get on the ball or to alleviate the pressure on their goal.
    • 37' Al Habsi makes up for his earlier error with a stunning save! Garrido gets to the left byline before scooping a pinpoint cross over to Snodgrass, who should score with a free header on target, but Al Habsi tips it over the crossbar!
    • 36' Kone takes a through ball from Gomez into his stride, but his shot flashes wide from the edge of the penalty area!
    • 35' Johnson and McCarthy are locked in an ongoing battle in midfield, and the former fails to make contact with a kick off the ball - he's treading a tightrope!
    • 34' STAT: Norwich are unbeaten in their last nine league games. They last went on a longer run within a single top-flight season in March 1987 (15 games).
    • 33' What a miss from Pilkington! Al Habsi flaps at a deep cross from Snodgrass, and Pilkington somehow volleys wide from close range with an open goal! It's a glorious chance to squander.
    • 32' Boselli races in to receive the ball from Kone with the goal at his mercy, only for the offside flag to be raised!
    • 31' McCarthy continues to be booed every time he receives the ball due to being fouled and pushed to the ground by Johnson earlier on.
    • 30' Pilkington races on to gather a through ball from Bassong into his stride, but he cannot keep control of it as Stam intervenes.
    • 29' In that eight game run, the Canaries have kept five clean sheets and although they have conceded seven goals, five of those came in one game (against Liverpool).
    • 28' Norwich have lost just one of their last eight Premier League games at Carrow Road (W5 D2 L1) including winning the last four in a row.
    • 27' It's turning into a very feisty match at Carrow Road with tackles flying in from both sides.
    • 26' The home fans are furious with that decision from the referee, but there was no contact from Lopez and Pilkington tumbled over.
    • 25' Pilkington goes down on the edge of the Wigan box with Adrian Lopez standing there bewildered, and the referee books the winger for diving!
    • 24' McArthur races through on goal but dallies before driving a tame shot on target with Bunn able to make a comfortable save - it's a big chance for Wigan from a clear opening!
    • 23' McCarthy trots gingerly back on to the pitch, accompanied by a chorus of boos from the home fans - if they watch the replay later they will know the Wigan man was not in the wrong.
    • 22' Martinez is not at all happy about Johnson's challenge, or his reaction, and McCarthy hobbles away to the touchline after lying on the ground.
    • 21' Johnson fouls McCarthy with a nasty challenge before pushing him with the midfielder on the ground, and he is perhaps fortunate to get away with just a booking!
    • 20' Stam beats Garrido with a pacy run down the right, but his cross is disappointing from the byline.
    • 19' Gomez breaks at pace for the visitors after another attack from Norwich breaks down, but a sloppy pass intended for Boselli is intercepted by Turner.
    • 18' Snodgrass whips over a devilish delivery from a corner out on the right, but Al Habsi does very well to punch away powerfully.
    • 17' STAT: All of Norwich’s last four wins at Carrow Road have been by a one-goal margin and Chris Hughton’s side have only scored eight goals in their last seven matches on home soil.
    • 16' Bunn races out to collect a loose ball as Wigan look to hit back immediately, and Norwich need to hold their shape.
    • 15' GOAL! Pilkington nets his third goal of the season with a ferocious left-footed strike from inside the Wigan box after fine work from Wes Hoolahan, and Norwich take the lead early on! It's a fine start for the hosts, who take a deserved lead.
    • 14' It's all Norwich at the moment, and Wigan are very much under the cosh early on.
    • 13' Bassong and Turner combine very effectively at the back as Norwich build patiently with Wigan on the back foot.
    • 12' STAT: Wigan have scored just two goals in their last six Premier League away trips.
    • 11' A raking diagonal ball from Beausejour almost picks out McCarthy, but Martinez is imploring his side to get the ball down and pass it around.
    • 10' Bunn lumps a long ball upfield towards Holt, who takes the ball down into his stride, before losing it to Lopez.
    • 9' Norwich are beginning to settle and to dictate the play from midfield, and Martinez is already concerned with his side's lack of possession.
    • 8' Alex Tettey drives a fierce strike narrowly wide of the far post with Al Habsi scrambling across his line.
    • 7' STAT: Wes Hoolahan scored a first half goal in both league meetings against the Latics last season.
    • 6' Hoolahan brings a high ball down on halfway with a sublime touch, before dinking the ball towards Holt, who cannot quite latch on to the pass.
    • 5' Arouna Kone is already causing havoc as he drifts in behind the Norwich defence, and his pace is certainly a concern for the hosts.
    • 4' McCarthy does well to head clear under pressure from inside the Wigan box as Pilkington's delivery is whipped over.
    • 3' Norwich win a free kick out on the left flank, and Snodgrass and Pilkington - who is finally back on the pitch - stand over it...
    • 2' In almost farcical fashion, Anthony Pilkington goes straight off the pitch to change his boots! Ridiculous, frankly.
    • 1' The first half is under way, and both sides are wearing their traditional home colours as Wigan pass the ball around at the back.
    • 14:55 Right, we're just five minutes from kick off now at Carrow Road as the players emerge from the tunnel to a rapturous reception.
    • 14:50 In-form Norwich are the 5/4 favourites with the satchel swingers this afternoon, with Wigan 21/10 and the draw 12/5. What is your prediction for the full-time scoreline, and what do you make of the two line-ups? You can get in touch via Twitter
    • 14:45 The referee for this afternoon's clash is Lee Probert. It's a sunny day in Norwich, despite the very cold conditions.
    • 14:40 After this afternoon's match, Wigan take on Arsenal at home, before trips to Everton and Aston Villa to end the year. Norwich follow this match with a trip to West Brom, before home clashes with Chelsea and Manchester City to round off 2012.
    • 14:35 STAT: Three of the four league meetings between Norwich and Wigan have ended as 1-1 draws, including both times they have played each other in the Premier League.
    • 14:30 This is what Chris Hughton had to say about the Latics in midweek: "Wigan are a very good side and sometimes the circumstances are that you find yourself in a place in the league which you might feel is a false position. It certainly surprises me a bit where they are at the moment. We know every match is going to be difficult for us, and also we know what we need to put in to get a result."
    • 14:25 Norwich remain one of the form sides in the Premier League - second only to leaders Manchester United, with their last defeat at Chelsea back on October 6 and having recorded four successive victories at Carrow Road.
    • 14:20 It has been a poor patch of form for Wigan, who have only recorded one win in their last six Premier League meetings, but Roberto Martinez's side will be desperate to arrest that slump and haul themselves out of the relegation zone this afternoon.
    • 14:15 Wes Hoolahan, who scored in both meetings between these two sides last season, is passed fit for today's clash, as well as the in-form Alex Tettey. Full-back Steven Whittaker also makes the side after being assessed.
    • 14:10 The teams are in - Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Pilkington, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Rudd, R. Martin, Howson, Jackson, Morison, E. Bennett, Barnett. Wigan: Al Habsi, Kone, McCarthy, Gomez, McArthur, Boyce, Boselli, Beausejour, Stam, Lopez, Figueroa. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Di Santo, Maloney, McManaman, Fyvie Golobart.
    • 14:05 Norwich come into the match in 12th place in the table with 22 points on the board, but Wigan are sitting less securely in 18th with seven fewer points. Premier League table
    • 14:00 Welcome to live text commentary of the Premier League encounter between Norwich City and Wigan Athletic at Carrow Road.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' What a challenge from Bassong! The defender slides in to deny Kone, who was through on goal, and that prevents a near-certain goal!
    • 75' Pilkington unleashes a rasping drive from the edge of the Wigan box, and Al Habsi makes another stunning save down low to his left to deny the winger!
    • 65' GOAL! Norwich restore their lead as Hoolahan heads beyond Al Habsi after inspired wing play from Pilkington out on the left byline! Norwich are back in the lead, and Wigan cannot remain on terms for long!
    • 62' Holt misses a sitter! A deep cross from Pilkington picks out Holt at the back post, but he volleys wide from close range with Al Habsi left flat-footed - he should have scored!
    • 51' GOAL! Substitute Maloney unleashes a fierce strike from the edge of the Norwich box which rockets into the back of the net with Bunn left helpless! Wigan are back on terms, despite having been comprehensively outplayed in the first half!
    • 37' Al Habsi makes up for his earlier error with a stunning save! Garrido gets to the left byline before scooping a pinpoint cross over to Snodgrass, who should score with a free header on target, but Al Habsi tips it over the crossbar!
    • 33' What a miss from Pilkington! Al Habsi flaps at a deep cross from Snodgrass, and Pilkington somehow volleys wide from close range with an open goal! It's a glorious chance to squander.
    • 24' McArthur races through on goal but dallies before driving a tame shot on target with Bunn able to make a comfortable save - it's a big chance for Wigan from a clear opening!
    • 15' GOAL! Pilkington nets his third goal of the season with a ferocious left-footed strike from inside the Wigan box after fine work from Wes Hoolahan, and Norwich take the lead early on! It's a fine start for the hosts, who take a deserved lead.
    • 14:10 The teams are in - Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Pilkington, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Rudd, R. Martin, Howson, Jackson, Morison, E. Bennett, Barnett. Wigan: Al Habsi, Kone, McCarthy, Gomez, McArthur, Boyce, Boselli, Beausejour, Stam, Lopez, Figueroa. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Di Santo, Maloney, McManaman, Fyvie Golobart.
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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      8.2 6
      Defenders
      8.1 6
      7.7 6
      Yellow Card 9.1 7
      8.1 7
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 8 6
      7.9 6
      8.4 7
      Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out90′ 8 8
      Strikers
      Goal Substitution Out84′ 8.1 8
      Substitution Out90′ 7.5 7
      Subs
      Substitution In90′ 8 6
      Substitution In84′ - 6
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
      2.3 7
      Yellow Card 2.3 6
      3.4 7
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out45′ 3.4 6
      2.8 6
      3 6
      2.7 6
      Strikers
      3.9 6
      Substitution Out72′ 2.3 5
      Substitution Out45′ 2.6 6
      Subs
      Substitution In45′ Goal 2.8 7
      Substitution In45′ 2.8 6
      Substitution In72′ 6.7 6

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  1. o look Norwich are way to strong for the teams in the­ pl cmon city keep this unbeaten run going and we will­ finish in the top 4 or maybe knock man united of the­ top spot that we just be brill

    From Damian, on Mon 17 Dec 22:20
  2. Dun Romain, Its because he is missing is 4 of his first­ choice 5 defenders. If you actually watched Wigans­ games of late youd see how they have battered teams and­ looked like scoring many goals but individual errors at­ the back are costing them. Norwich would be in the­ bottom three if you were playing Midfielders at the­ back a long with a players who have played twice in the­ premier league before.

    From Mark Napier-Hemy, on Mon 17 Dec 12:50
  3. Another win for Norwich Fan-Tas-Tic..... On the ball­ city......

    From Robert, on Sun 16 Dec 5:58
  4. o.t.b.c. its unreal come on you yellows

    From ER, on Sat 15 Dec 20:26
  5. I've just come back from the match and it's­ embarrising for Wigan to have about 2 fans in the away­ end.They have always punched above their weight,but how­ long can a premiur ship team last with non league­ attendencies.When they go down how will they survive on­ gates of 2000.

    From dalek khan, on Sat 15 Dec 18:42
  6. On the ball city!!!

    From o, on Sat 15 Dec 15:41
  7. On the ball city!

    From Matt Edward, on Sat 15 Dec 15:14
  8. 1-1 hoolahan 30 di santo 57

    From Jordan, on Sat 15 Dec 14:04
  9. Norwich won, Wigan lost.

    From Rufus, on Sat 15 Dec 13:21
  10. Norwich 5 Wigan 1

    From nathan, on Fri 14 Dec 21:29
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    Norwich 0 Wigan 2

    From John, on Wed 12 Dec 16:39
  12. norwich 2 wigan 0

    From Abbas Ammani, on Tue 11 Dec 11:31
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