Victor Moses struck midway through the second half for the Premier League’s bottom club, Wigan Athletic, to deny Norwich City victory in the televised encounter at Carrow Road.

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Wes Hoolahan marked his 150th appearance for the Canaries by giving them a 10th-minute lead from Simeon Jackson’s cross.

But goalkeeper John Ruddy was kept very busy with a string of saves either side of the interval and with City below their best for much of the afternoon, it was no great surprise when Wigan levelled midway through the second period, Moses rounding Ruddy to score from a pass by substitute Shaun Maloney.

The equaliser signalled a rousing final 20 minutes in which both sides could have snatched the points. City substitute Steve Morison had one header cleared off the line and another brilliantly saved by Ali Al Habsi, while Wigan substitute Mohamed Diame also had two opportunities to have wrapped up victory.

All in all, a draw was probably a fair result, but there were times when a shock victory looked a distinct possibility in a match marked by eight yellow cards.

City boss Paul Lambert made five changes after the 1-0 defeat at Stoke with recalls for full-back Adam Drury, midfielders Andrew Crofts and David Fox, forward Wes Hoolahan and striker Simeon Jackson.

Hoolahan was making his 150th senior appearance for the club

Out from the eleven that started at the Britannia Stadium were Russell Martin, Bradley Johnson, Elliott Bennett and Anthony Pilkington – all of whom were on the bench – and midfielder Jonny Howson, who did not feature in the squad of 18 a week after making his debut.

The starting eleven for the Canaries featured 10 players involved in promotion from the Championship last season.

Wigan showed two changes after the 2-0 home defeat by Swansea, with Victor Moses and Hugo Rodallega returning for Franco di Santo and Conor Sammon.

Before kick-off, skipper Grant Holt was presented with the player of the month award for February.

Wigan had the first attempt on goal in the fourth minute when Rodallega headed wide from a cross by Gomez.

But City’s first real chance produced the opening goal in the 10th minute from Hoolahan.

A badly sliced clearance by goalkeeper Al Habsi gave the Canaries a throw-in on the left. Drury took it quickly and Jackson, on the left side of the area, managed to cross towards the near post where Hoolahan got ahead of a ponderous Caldwell to poke the ball over the keeper.

It was Hoolahan’s fourth goal of the season – his first had come at Wigan on the opening day - and his 30th for the club.

Moses missed a useful opening after 17 minutes when he struck a tame shot straight at Ruddy after McCarthy and Rodallega combined to put him through.

In a swift counter-attack, Crofts fired narrowly off target after Holt had teed up the chance from Drury’s cross.

Jackson then shot wide with a poor effort after good work by Crofts.

Wigan had their best opening yet after 26 minutes when Rodallega turned smartly on to a cross from Moses and struck a firm shot that Ruddy did well to hold at close range.

Holt had a quiet opening half-hour but was there was an opening when he was sent racing away by Naughton’s clearance and as he cut inside on to his right foot, his shot was blocked by Caldwell, but appeals for handball by the City skipper went unheeded.

There was a delay while Crofts needed treatment and had strapping applied to his left leg.

There was an escape for City nine minutes before the break when a cross from Boyce clipped Drury, looped over Ruddy and struck the face of the crossbar before being bundled clear.

Hoolahan had another shot blocked by Caldwell, and Al Habsi gathered Jackson’s cross under pressure from Holt as the Canaries pressed again.

Wigan were piecing together some neat moves and Gomez curled a shot just wide, although Ruddy appeared to have it covered.

There was another opening when Gomez struck a fine shot that Ruddy saved but couldn’t hold and Rodallega pounced on the rebound but fired over from a tight angle as Ward challenged him.

As play switched to the other end, Jackson cut in from the left touchline but shot high and wide.

City were living dangerously and as the game entered first half stoppage time, Gomez set up Rodallega for another powerful shot that Ruddy again failed to hold, but grabbed at the second attempt just before Moses could take advantage.

• Half-time: Norwich City 1, Wigan Athletic 0

Wigan threatened in the opening seconds of the second half when Moses got the better of Naughton but his cross was just out of reach of McArthur as Surman managed to clear.

Swiftly counter-attacking, City went close when Drury crossed from the left and Holt’s very deliberate header was just wide.

City escaped again when Ruddy was called upon to save from McCarthy after a one-two with Gomez left him through on the ’keeper, who smothered the shot.

Wigan made a change 10 minutes after the break when Maloney replaced Gomez, and Whitbread made an important challenge on Moses as the visitors broke through again.

With just over half an hour remaining, Lambert made City’s first change when he replaced Holt with Morison, Hoolahan taking the captain’s armband.

Morison’s first contribution was making an important clearance inside the six-yard box from McCarthy’s ball into the danger area.

At the other end, Morison did well to chase down Naughton’s through-ball and get in a cross, with Jackson and Surman both having shots blocked.

Ruddy saved again at his near post when Maloney helped on a Moses corner, and there was no doubt Wigan were enjoying the upper hand.

The visitors grabbed the goal they deserved after 68 minutes, too, when Maloney’s through-ball put Moses through one on one against Ruddy and he swerved past the keeper before tucking the ball home.

Lambert immediately made a double change with Elliott Bennett and Pilkington replacing Crofts and Surman.

Ruddy had to race out and clear again from Rodallega, and Drury became the third City booking of the afternoon when he brought down Moses as he chased the loose ball.

Jackson wasted a good opening when he got the better of Alcaraz on the left but shot into the side netting.

Two yellow cards went Wigan’s way and both players may have been a touch fortunate as first McCarthy pulled Bennett down by the neck, then Alcaraz tripped Jackson on the edge of the area.

On the second occasion, Pilkington took the free-kick but curled it over the bar.

Beausejour then rescued Wigan when Morison got his head to Pilkington’s corner and he headed clear with the keeper beaten, then Ward headed just wide from Bennett’s cross.

Diame replaced McCarthy with five minutes to go and his first involvement was putting a great chance over the top from Maloney’s cross.

With two minutes left, Morison was denied by a brilliant one-handed save from Al Habsi when he met Jackson’s cross with a powerful header.

As the game entered five minutes of stoppage time, Rodallega was off target with an overhead kick, then Diame missed a good opening when he pulled his shot wide when he was clean through.

Moses was booked a foul on Drury, and McArthur was next into the book for grabbing Hoolahan round the waist.

• Result: Norwich City 1, Wigan Athletic 1

• Norwich City: Ruddy; Naughton, Ward, Whitbread, Drury; Fox; Crofts (Elliott Bennett, 69), Surman (Pilkington, 69); Hoolahan; Holt (Morison, 59), Jackson. Subs (not used): Steer, Russell Martin, Johnson, Wilbraham.

• Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi: Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa; Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy (Diame, 85), Gomez (Maloney, 55), Beausejour; Rodallega, Moses. Subs (not used): Kirkland, Watson, Di Santo, McManaman, Stam.

• Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

• Attendance: 26,653

• Goals: City: Hoolahan (10). Wigan: Moses (68)

• Bookings: City: Holt, Hoolahan, Whitbread, Drury. Wigan: McCarthy, Alcaraz, Moses, McArthur.

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37 comments

  • GTOM, here's one for you, You're on the wrong site and take Steve Bruce with you! We have enough trolls on here already! If I'm wrong on that front then talk some sense please. Steve Bruce was sacked for a reason!

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    baguio

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • I agree with the majority of comments here especially Algarve Canary. Please people stop saying that two years ago we were playing the likes of Scunthorpe & Tranmere & look how far we`ve come. We are in the Premiership now & need to stay there. A performance like this against Man U & we would have lost a lot more than 2-1. Wigan have not been out of the bottom 3 all season & should have been beaten, not necessarily thumped, but beaten nevertheless. We made them look better than they actually are.If you didn`t know it was difficult to tell who was the team at the bottom of the league. Some of the on field decision making was clueless. When we got the ball we didn`t have a clue what to do with it. What exactly did all that square passing & hoofing the ball up in the air achieve and why was it necessary to make so many changes to a team that had played so well against Man U. Who else was injured? Callers to Canary Call were saying not to be so negative & get behind the team. Everyone is behind the team & 12th position is not to be sneezed at. If we had won however we would have been back to 8th. People are criticising because they are disappointed & expect better performances against teams below us in the league. Its because they care, stupid!

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    stayingup

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Disappointing really, was expecting 3 points today. Thought that most of the players looked a bit disinterested, Holt particularly was off form in my opinion. Was impressed with Jacko though, thinks he's underrated - tries really hard, a great role model. But, despite the negatives, we will stay up this season, 15th will be a huge success, we have the best young manager in the country and we are a very well run club - look at QPR. Today we came up against a Wigan who really fought and wanted to win, which judging by their recent performances is unlike them, but there are no excuses for that sort of performance. Just hope we don't have a slump towards the end of the season. OTBC

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    chirpy

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • OTBC, really dyssapointed with the draw and the performance, but as you guys say one more point to safety. Onwards we go, point at the tyne and stuff the dingles, game over. Holt for England....

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    Jonwah

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • there is no way we will get relegated, the gap is to big, there is just 10 games left, 14 points is huge gap. it would mean teams in bottom 3 all have to win 5 of last 10 games and we would have to lose 10 in a row!, did i hear wigan next 3 games is arsenal liverpool chelsea? we are safe, like paul merson said (33-34 max) points will be safe,its next season that is going to be real tough

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    jmm

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Another point towards retaining Premier League status next season.Bring on The Wolves.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • You are right jmm - we do not have the right to demand a top half finish BUT we do have the right to expect 100% effort especially when they are all just back from sunny Spain where I suppose they were all being rested before this big match against the worst team in the PL. No getting away from it, todays game was pathetic.

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    MickH

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Too many players off their game,croftssurman were poor,only jacko and hools looked really up for it,seemed to lack urgency and passion and thats not something you normally say about Norwich,need to go for a strong finish and get back on track

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    canaryjon

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Like AC had hoped for a Premier League securing 3 points but must say thank goodness for the wonderful Mr John Ruddy, would have been a lot worse without him. Good luck boys but will be a challenge next week. OTBC!! x

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    CANARY-CRUISE-GIRL

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Agree with Swiss. City seem to be stuttering a bit but this is a phase all teams go through sooner or later, and fourteen points ahead of the relegation places still seems a pretty good cushion. Spurs have lost the last three on the trot, and so have Liverpool. Plus Arsenal lost three on the bounce in January. City at least have played three and gained a point!

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Disappointed but cannot agree with somone who has to create immaginary girlfriends on the internet and even then can't keep them. Afterall, things can't keep on getting better and better every week for three seasons. It is a phase and it will go away.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • I agree Algarve Canary. In four games (3 of which were at home) we have picked up 1 point and been kicked out of the Cup. My first point is that by resting players in the cup game we have achieved nothing. We were never going to win against Man Utd so why throw away our chance of cup glory. For the second weekend in a row, we have looked clueless, undisciplined ,I agree Algarve Canary. In four games (3 of which were at home) we have picked up 1 point and been kicked out of the Cup. My first point is that by resting players in the cup game we have achieved nothing. We were never going to win against Man Utd so why throw away our chance of cup glory. For the second weekend in a row, we have looked clueless, undisciplined

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    MickH

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • 33 or 34 points will be safety mark this season, there is only 10 games left if bottom 3 won 5 out 10 that would only get them to 36 or 37 points . they have averaged well under a point a game all season, we are safe, it would take miracle like us losing 10 in a row and wolves,wigan,qpr going on a champions league form run, who are wigans next 3 games?is it arsenal,liverpool and chelsea i think,or could be man city, stop worrying city fans ,we will finish 12th

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    jmm

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • as the old school report says - they should have done better. wigan bottom of the league dispite previous comments has to how much they all cost. heres one for you - what about bringing someone back with more commitment than paul lambert - so where is is steve bruce?

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    GTOM

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Disappointing result yesterday though a mini dip in form is to be expected at some stage no one will mind so long as the players give 110%. Although the point is a point closer to staying up, bear in mind that drawing yesterday leaves us in 12th, win would have put us in 8th, that difference is £3,000,000 come the end of the season!

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    NorthCity

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • 36 points with 10 games to go is better than we could have ever hoped for, wigan are a good side,we cant expect to get an easy win against them,they have been in premiership longer than us,even if we lose next 10 games and finish 17th then the season was a success, look at qpr they came up as champions and have spent 20 million, our team is made up of league 1 and championship players,we have no right to be demanding a top half finish

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    jmm

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Wasn't the result that bothered me, but the appalling performance.

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    emil dauncey

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • where is tierney a groin injury does not take over 3 months to heal? surpose him bedding half the teams wifes doesnt help team spirit,

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    jmm

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • people on here complaining about city should have a think of where we have came from and the fact half our team was used in league 1 just 2 seasons ago,we dont have a right to demand 3 points of a wigan team that are an estabilished premier league team,they have good players and rodallega was valued at 15million last season,we wont get relegated now,we are safe, and even if we lose the next 10 and finish 17th,then its a successfull season, take a look at qpr and they spent 4 times as much as us and they came up as champions

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    jmm

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • all that sangria and paella didn't go down well then....

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    jellybean

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • i think the players did try, lambert got formation and team wrong.wigan were to powerfull in midfield, doesnt help when hoolahan and surman dont track back, crofts is just a very poor player his control and passing is league 1 standard.holt did not look happy at being taken off,

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    jmm

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Absolutely dire. Starting to get worried about the run in. At the start of the season I predicted 41 pts including 3 from the last game at home to Villa. Hope we don't need anything from that game. We do however need points from Wolves and Fulham or this month will have been a total write off. Sort it out City - Please.

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    Mr Henry

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • what i am concerned about is at Swansea we roasted them, pilkington, bennett, fox and surman were the 4 that day, their midfield is better than wigans yet we played crofts because of his defensive duties. at home we should be more decisive than that, wing backs leave holes in behind ,bennett and pilkington would have found space for sure. the boos i think we out of frustration as they've been to Spain and trotted around the pitch at times looking like they wanted to be back there. 36 points though...not to be sniffed at.

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    Dave stringer

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • GTOM, Steve Bruce was sacked by Sunderland who have done quite well since. A contributory factor was that he spent a lot of money on players without creating a team. Connor Wickham springs to mind. Conversely, Lambert has created a team, or squad, without spending a lot of money. And he still looks fit enough to take training. Not so Brucie. Yes, a disappointing performance, specially after taking an early lead. And now folk have all sorts of theories about what`s going wrong backstage. But 14 points clear of the "Zone" with 10 games to go. Wolves & Villa look best bet for points at home. All the away ones look daunting, even Blackburn who outplayed us @ Carra Rud and were unlucky to only get a draw. It`ll take a 1995-style collapse (1 point from 8 games) to do for us now. But would be a joy to see us finish on a "high". Where were Howson and R. Bennett?? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • lets pull no punches here we were awful! we scores one goal and sat back and let wigan dictate quite a majority of the game. these should be our bread and butter games, and please tell me that howson is not injured, if not why was he not at least on the bench??

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    raven_dmc

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • COME ON YOU YELLOWWWWS. If any game underlined the difficult nature of this division this one did. Pretty much anyone can beat anyone. I take the point that we probably didn't help ourselves by sitting so deep, butwe are getting to that time of year when strange results start to happen more frequently as teams scrap for their lives and others meander into mid table obscurity. It was good to see Morrison back though, as fit and on form he is an important player for us. I am going to stick my neck out and say that we are going to get something against Newcastle next week. Come on Norwich lets get it together and come on strong. I want to finish the season on a high.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, March 12, 2012

  • Started so well but couldn't keep it going. I'm not going to lose too much sleep over this one though. One point nearer safety if it's even needed? On the plus side Simeon had a good game and Morison looked better than he has for a while and was unlucky not to get a goal. Come on lads. Lets pick it up for the run in! OTBC

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    baguio

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Poor game, yes, but it's still a point and another premier league team who haven't beaten us in two attempts this season. I'd much rather be in our position, able to shrug off a disappointing draw from a position of relative safety, than having to turn up at Molyneux, or Loftus Road, or even the DW stadium desperate for anything. ILWT. (Oh, and "there's" - contraction of there has, used to refer to singular nouns e.g. "There has been a shocker." "There have" - appropriate use for plural nouns e.g. "There have been some shockers." Saturday Skin: Helping legends with their grammar since 2004.)

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    Saturday Skin

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Let's be honest, it was the dogs really wasn't it?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Wasn't the result that bothered me, but the appalling performance.

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    emil dauncey

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • if you dont have the football then you cant dictate the game,wigan played well, on paper their players are worth more money than ours and have more premier league experience than us, lets not forget we have been over achieving all season, we are safe already unless everyone below us like bottom 3 go on a champions league form run and win 5 out of 10 and we lose 10 in a row

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    jmm

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • This has to have been the worst Norwich performance I have seen since Lambert took over 3 seasons ago. We took an undeserved point from a game that we were 2nd best in most departments. Wigan were playing for their lives, and we played like a team with nothing left to play for this season. We were 2nd to most 5050s, we were muscled out time and time again, and looked nothing like the team that has won so many admirers. That game should have been the home banker that more or less secured our Premiership future. We were lucky to escape with a point. We were robbed by Man Utd Stoke thugged and cheated us..... But this weekend no excuse....we were terrible!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • soory half my message didn't make it, whilst the other half made it twice. To keep it brief - Pull your socks up City, we don't pay a lot of money to watch this rubbish. Wigan were up for it, you weren't. Very, Very Poor Norwich.

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    MickH

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Just got back. It was awful, truly awful. Worst performance of the year, and lets face it there's been some shockers so far!! This club is going nowhere other than back to the 3rd division, simply not good enough. Wigan are one of the worst teams in the top 3 divisions and yet we made them look like worldbeaters. I'm sorry for my fans, but I'm so angry I think I'll have to cut this short, before I say something I shouldn't. (plus I'm on a promise!!) I'll give you some more thoughts later fans. Thanks. Ged. The legend.

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    Ged Steroo

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • So much for the 4 day's in Spain

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    superfan59

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • I don't think the team has been the same since we took our foot off the pedal in the FA Cup. Big mistake not taking the FA Cup seriously. We should have really gone for it against Leicester and we could be having a nice cup run and continued that momentum in the league. Instead the team looks lacklustre and as if they think they have done all they need to do and would just be happy to finish 17th this season. Well if we don't buck our ideas up we could find ourselves getting dragged into an unnecessary relegation battle. Very, very disappointing!!

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    Barmy Boy

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

  • Far from great, but a little perspective - another point, and we finish the weekend more points away from the relegation zone than we were on Saturday morning, with games running out. Keep the faith comrades. OTBC

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

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