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Norwich City 1-1 Wigan Athletic

Callum McManaman of Wigan warms up during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Wigan Athletic at Carrow Road.
Callum McManaman of Wigan warms up during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Wigan Athletic at Carrow Road.

We knew before kick off this game was a must win. Both Bolton and Blackburn had pulled away from us and three points that we so desperately deserved for recent performances was the top idea from today's game. Yet it wasn't to be and you could tell straight away that as ever Wigan's lean form in front of goal would continue.

That wasn't to say the lads wouldn't try. Yet again they put in a top draw shift, which saw Hugo Rodallega and Victor Moses both return to the starting line up. While Jordi Gomez still remained as well. Showing you exactly were the room for improvement is in that Latics squad.

It had been a rocky start to the game with both side eager to get the ball down and play the passing attacking style of play they are accustomed too. And as is often the case, they often cancelled each other out, but there were some moments of great interlocking football as it looked to be a very open and fluent game.

It may have been Wigan who were coming close. Rodallega the most notable for Latics, with a glancing header just wide. But as has told over the past few weeks, when you don't score someone else will. Ten minutes gone and Norwich had the lead.

They had started to get a bigger foot in the game but had yet to really stretch the Wigan back four. Their first attempt was in the back of the net after a Simone Jackson cross found Wes Hoolahan to tap home from close range a crush Latics hearts after a good start.

Yet we composed ourselves and looked to get back into the game Rodallege looking to cause no end of trouble up front for Latics. Yet he couldn't find that killer touch three times his shots were all at John Ruddy in the Norwich goal, and all were saved. He nearly manged to get onto the end of Jordi Gomez effort, but the keeper spread himself and took the ball away from the Colombian.

Down the other end Norwich's only other major attack of the second half came due to a long clearance down field saw Grant Holt creep round the Latics defence. Before cutting back in to shoot, only for Gary Caldwell to block, it did hit the defenders arm, more to being close to the ball than through meaning it to.

The second half came and Latics looked to get the equalizer and even more.

Victor Moses was coming into life and dancing past players, but yet again he couldn't find that need precision in the final third of the pitch. If he could then he could have had a hat-trick today.

Eventually Moses would prove to be the difference, but only once Shaun Maloney took to the field. The Scottish midfielder who hasn't really featured for Wigan showed what he is capable of be being a general annoyance in and around the Norwich box.

Following a great flick round the corner for Moses the goal would come. Only after Victor had taken on the last Norwich defender and put keeper John Ruddy on the floor. A well taken goal, by a player who hasn't scored enough this season.

Late on either side could have won it. First Wigan would come close. Maloney again providing the killer pass, this time for Diame, who had just come on, to fire over the bar from close range. That nearly cost us as only two minutes later, Ali Al Habsi was forced into a spectaular one handed save off a Jackson header to keep the game level.

In the end it was a point gained by Latics, when yet again we were the better side through out.