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Norwich City 1 Wigan Athletic 1 | Match & Stats Report

I’m not normally a fan of 4pm Sunday kick-offs, even if the reason for these late starts happens to the company which employs me.  However, this game had something of a buzz about it, the sunshine came out and the fine City of Norwich was buzzing for what we hoped to be 3 points in the bag and surely guarantee premier league football for another season.

However, you should never under-estimate a team at the bottom of the league as they are desperate to win and Wigan are a team that have  struggled this season but not necessarily played that poorly. Their main disadvantage seems to be that they are shy in front of goal but they can pass the ball around well and in our opening game of the season up in Lancashire they didn’t look like a bad team at all, in that game both teams shared the points again with a 1-1 draw.

Now, I’m really going to have to stop talking about team selection but Lambert always baffles me.  This isn’t a dig at him before anyone starts grumbling. This man has got us promoted twice and to the dizzy heights of 8th in the Premier league, in my book he’s a football genius.  However, he never picks the team I would have (bear in mind I work in marketing, not football here).  I stated my dream team before the match as: Ruddy, Drury, Whitbread, Martin, Naughton, Pilkington, Johnson, Fox, Bennett, Holt and Jackson. – 4-4-2

The starting line-up however was:

Ruddy, Drury, Whitbread, Ward, Naughton, Fox, Crofts, Surman, Hoolahan, Holt and Jackson – more of a 4-3-1-2

My concern here is we have no wingers and that showed in the game as every move tried to go through the middle.  That is very difficult to do when the away team sticks 11 players behind the ball which Wigan did fantastically, when they lost possession they were all back behind the ball and they made it very difficult for us.  The stats on page 2 say it all really.  Wigan dominated this game from start to finish and in the end it was a point gained for us and not 2 points dropped and I have to say I felt for Wigan, they did enough to win the game and if they keep playing like that I hope that they pull out of the drop zone.

More on page 2: Match Stats…

I've been a season ticket at Norwich City since I was about 12 and grew up in the days of Robert Fleck, Bayern Munich and Mike Walker. It's been a rollercoaster ride for the last 19 years we've been promoted 4 times, relegated 4 times, spent a season in the doldrums of league one and now we are flying high* in the premier league. *written in January when we are in the top half!
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