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Match Report: Norwich City 1 - 1 Wigan Athletic (Norwich Fan's Perspective)

Tuesday 13th March 2012
A sunny Super Sunday at Carrow Road promised much for fans of Paul Lambert's men; however it failed to deliver dramatically.

Norwich City were, to put it bluntly, awful. So awful that Wigan, the most awful side in the Premiership this season, were by far the superior team for 80 minutes. And when Wigan outplay you, you know you were utterly useless.

I shan't go over the finer points of the game, because those of you there will already know them, and those of you who weren't probably really don't care -  I shall paint a picture with broad and childlike brush strokes.

Norwich were in control until we scored. Then for some inexplicable reason we decided to defend a 1-0 lead, which when you consider we have only kept two clean sheets all season seems like a daft idea.

Wigan attacked with pace all game, Hugo Rodallega and Victor Moses threatened us the whole match, and it was only some good goalkeeping from John Ruddy, and some shocking misses from the Wigan forward line, that meant the score was all square at the end of the game.

That being said City did have a couple of chances. A Grant Holt header failed to hit the target, Simeon Jackson shot from a ludicrous angle when he should have squared it, and a decent save from Ali Al-Habsi (although it was a little bit for the camera's if you ask me) prevented Steve Morison's header at the end.

Poor individual performances cost Norwich. Holt had what I believe was his worst game in a yellow shirt, and I thought he was lucky not to get a straight red for what looked like a deliberate elbow on one of the Wigan lads. Wes Hoolahan made poor choices with the ball, Elliott Ward backed off challenges, Andrew Surman did pretty much nothing, and despite looking threatening Jackson's product was wayward.

Norwich fans will say the ref was poor, which for certain things he was, but other decisions he got right.  Claims for a “handball” in the box were rightly not given as the ball struck the defender on the arm, but there was no intent to block the shot with it and it wasn't a million miles away from his body.

All said and done I'm not going to panic. Newcastle away next week will be tough, but after that we've got Wolves at home and I can only hope they keep Terry Connor in charge until then.

I have said since Christmas I thought Wigan were doomed, and I still think it. They should have scored at least four goals but when presented with the chances they spurned them, a trend that has gone on all season and I suspect will continue to do so.  Bye-bye Wigan and your seven fans, I can safely say when you do go down never to return; I for one shall not miss you.
Ian Murray

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