• English Barclays Premier League
  • 15 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Carrow Road
  • Attendance: 26,677
  • Pilkington, 15
  • Hoolahan, 64
  • Maloney, 51

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90 mins:The full-time whistle is moments away and Hughton runs the clock down further as Pilkington makes way for Elliott Bennett.

90 mins:Kone goes through on goal and it is hearts in mouths time for Norwich before Bassong throws himself in the way of his shot! Heroic defending from Bassong and he may well have won the game for Norwich with that challenge.

90 mins:Holt walks gingerly off the pitch. Steve Morison takes his place.

89 mins:Beausejour gives possession away far too cheaply and Norwich catch Wigan on the break. Snodgrass runs at the defence and lays the ball to his right for Howson who bends his effort wide of the far post.

87 mins:Holt has been struggling with a hamstring injury in this second-half and it appears to have come back for the Norwich striker. This could be bad news for the Canaries.

85 mins:Stam puts in a cross as Wigan desperately search out an equaliser but Snodgrass clears the danger inside the box.

83 mins:Hoolahan receives a standing ovation as he makes way for Jonnh Howson.

81 mins:That was close to a Wigan equaliser but the visitors have not really looked like getting back in the game.

80 mins:Figueroa's cross bounces awkwardly in front of Bassong and he slices his clearance just wide of his own post! Almost a horror moment for the Norwich defender!

78 mins:Norwich win a corner and Michael Turner meets the cross but sends a looping header over the crossbar.

76 mins:Norwich are starting to dominate the game as Whittaker sees a low shot saved by Al-Habsi at his near post.

75 mins:Pilkington is picked out inside the box and he strikes a bouncing ball sweetly with his left foot, but is denied by an incredible outstretched save by Al-Habsi.

73 mins:As things stand Norwich will move up to seventh with the win! What a season this has been so far for Chris Hughton's side.

71 mins:Third and final change for Wigan as Franco Di Santo replaces Boselli.

69 mins:Johnson takes the ball across the edge of the Wigan box before his low left-footed shot is tipped onto the post by Al-Habsi. So close for Norwich!

67 mins:Wigan had been the better side in this second-half but the goal appears to have settled Norwich's nerves. Can they hang on to their fifth straight league win at Carrow Road?

64 mins:GOAL! NORWICH 2-1 WIGAN: Pilkington twists and turns on the left side of the box and manages to find room for a cross. He picks out HOOLAHAN who cranes his neck and sends a header into the back of the net.

62 mins:Holt meets a cross with a scissor kick and sends it back across goal and wide. The home crowd are getting a little restless now.

60 mins:Maloney swings a perfect cross into the box and there are no yellow shirts there to turn it in!

58 mins:Maynor Figueroa gets a shot away from distance and Bunn makes a comfortable save down to his right.

56 mins:Bassong gives the ball away to McArthur on the halfway line and then fouls the Wigan midfielder to stop him breaking away. Bassong is booked for the challenge.

53 mins:Three of the last four meetings between these two sides have ended 1-1, including both of last season's Premier League games.

51 mins:GOAL! NORWICH 1-1 WIGAN: What a goal! It is a good move from Wigan and Kone turns two men inside the box before setting up MALONEY who lashes a shot into the top corner from 18-yards.

49 mins:Wigan win a free-kick 25-yards out and Maloney lines it up but in the end he scoops it wel over the crossbar.

47 mins:Holt gets the first shot away of the second-half, firing a powerful effort towards the near post and Al-Habsi can only turn it behind for a corner.

46 mins:Shaun Maloney replaces Gomez.

46 mins:David Jones comes on for McCarthy, who appeared to be struggling with an injury in the first-half.

46 mins:The second-half is underway and Roberto Martinez has made a double change for Wigan.


45 mins:Not long left in the first-half now as Snodgrass whips in a cross from deep but it is too high for Wes Hoolahan.

44 mins:Bunn launches a goal-kick into the Wigan half. It bounces over the defence and Holt almost gets on the end of it but Al-Habsi is quick off his line to smother the loose ball.

42 mins:Ronnie Stam crosses from the right and finds Boselli whose header from 12-yards is straight at Bunn.

40 mins:Adrian Lopez picks up a booking for a foul on Holt.

37 mins:Snodgrass rises to meet a cross and gets a header on target but Al-Habsi, who is moving in the opposite direction, gets a strong hand to keep the ball out. What a save!

35 mins:Wigan back off Steven Whittaker as he surges forward and reaches the edge of the box but the Norwich defender drags his shot wide of the target.

33 mins:Pilkington misses a sitter! Robert Snodgrass stands a cross up to the far post and Al-Habsi-flaps on it. The ball drops to Pilkington who has an empty goal to aim for but he slices his volley wide!

32 mins:Mauro Boselli, who is today making his first Premier League start in over two years, latches onto Arouna Kone's through ball but is offside as his shot is turned away by Bunn.

29 mins:Pilkington and Tettey both gets shots away from outside the box but their efforts are blocked by the Wigan defence.

27 mins:Pilkington cuts in from the left and tries to make his way into the box but goes to ground. The referee thinks he dived and books the goalscorer, who is furious!

25 mins:The Norwich defence opens up for James McArthur who is in two minds as he bears down on goal. In the end the midfielder shoots with his left foot and forces a decent save out of Mark Bunn.

23 mins:McCarthy is still receiving treatment after the clash with Johnson and in the meantime Grant Holt is booked for arguing with the referee.

21 mins:Tempers flare in the Wigan half and Bradley Johnson lashes out at James McCarthy. The Norwich midfielder picks up a booking.

18 mins:The home side look full of confidence and appear to have put the midweek Capital One Cup defeat to Paul Lambert's Aston Villa behind them.

15 mins:GOAL! NORWICH 1-0 WIGAN: PILKINGTON fires the home side ahead with a fierce left-footed drive! Ali Al-Habsi gets a hand to it but there is too much power behind the shot and he can't keep it out.

13 mins:It is a little subdued around Carrow Road at the moment. The home crowd need something to get them on their feet!

11 mins:Norwich fail to clear a Wigan corner and it falls to Jordi Gomez who blazes over from the edge of the box.

11 mins:Norwich fail to clear a Wigan corner and it falls to Jordi Gomez who blazes over from the edge of the box.

9 mins:Aleksander Tettey tries his luck from 25-yards and drives a dipping shot wide of the far post.

7 mins:Wigan have only scored two in their last six away league games. What can they do against Norwich, who have beaten Manchester United and Arsenal here recently?

5 mins:Norwich win a free-kick in a dangerous position but Anthony Pilkington's delivery is dealt with by the Wigan defence.

3 mins:There is a clear difference in form between these two sides. Wigan are in the relegation zone having lost four of their last six games while Norwich are currently enjoying their best ever run in the Premier League.

1 mins:Wigan get the game underway at Carrow Road.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 15 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Carrow Road
  • Attendance: 26,677
  • Pilkington, 15
  • Hoolahan, 64
  • Maloney, 51

match report

Norwich's Wes Hoolahan celebrated signing a new deal by netting the winner in a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Wigan at Carrow Road.

Anthony Pilkington's powerful strike separated the sides at half-time, but Shaun Maloney's superb equaliser brought Wigan back into the game early in the second period.

However, after great work down the left by Pilkington, the impressive Hoolahan, who prior to kick-off penned a contract extension keeping him at Norwich until summer 2015, headed the winner from close range to give the Canaries a deserved three points.

The win extended City's unbeaten run to 10 Premier League games, their longest sequence without defeat in the top-flight since March 1987.

After a cagey opening, the game sprang into life thanks to Pilkington's goal.

Hoolahan, who was fantastic throughout, quickly intercepted the ball, and laid a pass through for Pilkington, who smashed the ball past Ali Al Habsi into the roof of the net.

The goal acted as a wake-up call for Wigan, who had started poorly. Neat interplay between Arouna Kone and James McArthur resulted in the Scotsman bringing a smart save from Mark Bunn down to his left.

Al Habsi, who will be disappointed not to have saved the first goal, again looked shaky, as he could only palm a cross into the path of Pilkington, who could not convert.

However, the Latics keeper more than made up for his earlier errors, with a fantastic instinctive save from point-black range to deny Robert Snodgrass from a Javier Garrido cross.

Two changes at half-time from Roberto Martinez made a huge difference to Wigan, and it was one of those substitutes - Maloney - who superbly brought the visitors back into the game early in the second period.

Kone looked to have run out of options, but calmly found Maloney on the edge of the 18-yard box and he rifled the ball past a helpless Bunn.

Wigan could not maintain their pressure, and Grant Holt should have done better with a volley to put Norwich back in front, before Hoolahan netted what turned out to be the winner from six yards, getting on the end of an excellent Pilkington centre.

Pilkington himself could have added to his tally late on, bringing a one-handed save out of Al Habsi, but Norwich held on for a deserved victory, and kept their incredible run going.

team line-up

28Mark Bunn
6Michael Turner
3Steven Whittaker
18Javier Garrido
5Sébastien Bassong
27Alexander Tettey
12Anthony Pilkington94
7Robert Snodgrass
4Bradley Johnson
9Grant Holt91
14Wes Hoolahan85


20Leon Barnett
16Steve Morison91
13Declan Rudd
2Russell Martin
17Elliott Bennett94
8Jonathan Howson85
10Simeon Jackson


Lee Probert

team line-up

26Ali Al-Habsi
17Emmerson Boyce
31Maynor Figueroa
22Jean Beausejour
23Ronnie Stam
16James McArthur
4James McCarthy45
19Mauro Boselli72
2Arouna Koné
14Jordi Gómez46


10Shaun Maloney46
15Callum McManaman
20Fraser Fyvie
6David Jones45
25Roman Golobart
12Michael Pollitt
9Franco Di Santo72


Lee Probert

match stats

possession %4851
shots on target84
shots off target64
tackles won1515