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Match Report: Norwich 1-1 Wigan (Norwich Fans Perspective)

Tuesday 13th March 2012
In what started as a lovely day, with the sun shining over Carrow Road, a dark gloom soon appeared on the skyline that reflected our performance on the pitch. We'd started very brightly and looked very strong going forward. We even opened the scoring from a quick Adam Drury throw-in, finding Simeon Jackson. The Canadian forward then whipped in to Wes Hoolahan who took two touches to find the back of the net, the first to control and the second to loft over the head of a hapless Ali-Al-Habsi. We could have stretched our lead soon after but failed to take the chance as Jackson slotted wide.  That was as good as it got.

After a lively 15 minutes we then seemed to sit back in an attempt to hold on to a one goal lead. That is something that evidence from our previous clean sheets tally tells us was going to be a difficult task. Wigan began to push men forward and a lively Jean Beausejour was proving a handful along with an ever impressive Victor Moses. For all Wigan's attacking prowess they failed to create a true threat on the Norwich goal, unable to break our back line and therefore having to shoot from range.

The second half continued right from where it left off with Wigan applying the pressure. We were just about seeing out until the 68th minute when Moses, who looked the best player on the pitch, converted after taking it around John Ruddy. Finally, 10 minutes too late in my mind, we changed it around and gave ourselves some width. Width has worked all season but for some reason we decided not to do today. Suddenly we started to get on the ball and even create some opportunities for ourselves. However we were unable to get on top and the game became very open. Both sides could have won the game; Steve Morison pulled a world class save out of Al-Habsi, and Wigan's Mohammed Diame came very close, putting it just over from Shaun Maloney's ball in. In the end it finished 1-1.

I was pleased with a draw against a very spirited Wigan side who will feel aggrieved not to have gone back with all three points. However, there was a lot of moaning from the fans that “we should have won that one” or “we can draw against Chelsea but not beat Wigan”. A point is a point and we are definitely under-performing at the moment so should be glad to have gained another point closer to safety. I know it's an overused statement but let's not forget where we have come from. Two years ago were in league one where as Wigan have been in the premier league from 7 years now.

Even in a poor team display Hoolahan, Fox, Whitbread and Ruddy all played very well and we will need them to pull the team together if we are to go to St James or whatever Mike Ashley has decided to call it for next week's game.

One last thing. You'll often hear people shout ridiculous, comical, offensive or even idiotic statements at a football match. There is, after all, no pre-qualification for entry. Anyone can go. This weekend I heard the single funniest thing I've ever heard at a game. Midway through the second half someone sat not a million miles from me actually said, and I quote, “I don't like all this passing business”. I'm still laughing now.
Will Burden

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