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Norwich City 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Kim Bo-kyung
Kim Bo-kyung scored with eight minutes gone, and Norwich couldn't find a reply

Norwich's automatic promotion hopes were dented by their first defeat in eight games as Wigan earned a surprise victory at Carrow Road.

Alex Neil's side had won their last six matches but Kim Bo-kyung's early goal ensured David Sharpe's first game as Latics chairman brought a victory.

South Korean midfielder Kim blasted past John Ruddy after James McClean and Leon Clarke combined.

The result moves Wigan up to 22nd place, six points from safety.

Norwich, meanwhile, are fifth, with Watford and Bournemouth having moved above them by both winning on Tuesday.

Sharpe was at Carrow Road in his new role as Wigan chairman, having replaced his grandfather Dave Whelan, who stepped down on Tuesday after 20 years in the position.

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Norwich City boss Alex Neil on defeat by Wigan

The home side struggled to get going and, having gone behind after eight minutes, Cameron Jerome headed well wide with the best chance of a disappointing first-half.

Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong blasted well over on the hour mark, before Bradley Johnson curled a free-kick over from a promising position as Wigan resisted growing pressure.

The Canaries were dominating possession, but move after move broke down on the edge of the box, with the away side defending in numbers.

Neil introduced academy graduate Carlton Morris for the 19-year-old's debut in search of an equaliser, but Norwich would come no closer than in the 89th-minute, when Jerome saw another shot sail well over.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil: "We didn't do enough to deserve anything from the game. We didn't start well and then switched off at a short throw, allowing them to score early. That gave them something to hang on to and we just weren't good enough to break them down after that.

"In the run of six straight wins, we have just had the players worked really hard and got their reward. But tonight the intensity just wasn't there. We huffed and puffed, especially in the second half, but overall we were lacklustre and got punished for it."

Wigan manager Malky Mackay: "We worked out a plan to beat them and I was delighted with the way the lads carried it out. We defended well, there was a calmness about us in possession and I thought we were well organised in both halves. It was a very disciplined performance.

"I have always believed we can stay up - and taking six points from two away games has cut the gap down to six. The challenge now is obviously to build on these wins."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 5MartinBooked at 90mins
  • 30Bassong
  • 23OlssonBooked at 43mins
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forMorrisat 77'minutes
  • 8HowsonBooked at 34mins
  • 4Johnson
  • 41DorransSubstituted forAndreuat 88'minutes
  • 10JeromeBooked at 64mins
  • 11HooperSubstituted forHoolahanat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Cuéllar
  • 12Andreu
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 18Garrido
  • 21Murphy
  • 26Rudd
  • 29Morris

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 17Boyce
  • 4Maguire
  • 28PearceBooked at 67mins
  • 20Bong
  • 15PennantBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCowieat 65'minutes
  • 24Perch
  • 16Kim Bo-kyung
  • 11McClean
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forWaghornat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21ClarkeSubstituted forMcCannat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3A Taylor
  • 7McCann
  • 10Mckay
  • 18Ojo
  • 19Cowie
  • 26Al Habsi
  • 33Waghorn
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
26,208

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home11
Away3
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Booking

Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Emmerson Boyce tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

Booking

Russell Martin (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sebastien Bassong.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Tony Andreu replaces Graham Dorrans.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Martyn Waghorn replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann replaces Leon Clarke.

Foul by Graham Dorrans (Norwich City).

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Carlton Morris replaces Nathan Redmond.

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Russell Martin.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jonny Howson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Don Cowie replaces Jermaine Pennant.

Booking

Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

Hand ball by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

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3Watford352051070422865
4Bournemouth35189869383163
5Norwich35188966382862
6Brentford351941257451261
7Ipswich35179955381760
8Wolves35169104842657
9Nottm Forest351311115750750
10Blackburn351212114545048
11Sheff Wed351113113134-346
12Charlton351015103944-545
13Birmingham351112124050-1045
14Cardiff351111134246-444
15Leeds35128153846-844
16Huddersfield35119154560-1542
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Fulham35116184659-1339
21Rotherham35813143553-1837
22Wigan35710183247-1531
23Millwall35710183056-2631
24Blackpool35410212969-4022
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