Football - Martinez eyes Canaries boost

Wigan have never beaten Norwich in the league, yet Roberto Martinez is hoping a match against the Canaries can prove crucial to their survival hopes for the second season in a row.

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The Latics go into the game against Chris Hughton's side at the DW Stadium sitting three points off safety in the Barclays Premier League with nine games remaining.

Last season their situation was more dire and they were hot favourites for relegation when they travelled to Carrow Road on March 11.

The first half reinforced Wigan's shortcomings but after the break they found a different gear, Victor Moses equalised, and they were disappointed only to come away with a draw.

Of the remaining 10 games, the Latics won seven, beating Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, and they secured their Premier League status with a game to go.

Moses has moved on to Chelsea but, with Wigan's injury list at last down to manageable levels, Martinez sees plenty of reasons to think the outcome could be the same.

He said: "There are many similarities and the biggest similarity for me is the options that we've got on the pitch. I think the competition for places is stronger than ever.

"Last season we went to Carrow Road and that's where Shaun Maloney came alive, Victor Moses all of a sudden looked like a player that was capable of winning a game single-handed, and now we've got exactly the same.

"After a very difficult season in terms of numbers we've got really good options in the side and we've got a lot of games in the weeks left.

"The standard in training has been really high and in many ways it's like a fresh start in our season. But we haven't beaten Norwich and we need to make sure we can change that."

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