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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V NORWICH CITY

5 December 2014

Latics hope to record first win under Mackay as his former club visit the DW Stadium on Northern Soul Day.

  • Tickets still available as celebrations begin on Saturday noon.
  • Canaries with just one win in ten ahead of visit to the DW Stadium.
  • Latics boss Malky Mackay played over 200 games for Norwich between 1998 and 2004.
Wigan Athletic v Norwich City
Saturday 6th December 2014
DW Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off 3pm

It is 33 years since the world famous Wigan Casino closed its doors for the final time on 6th December 1981 and Latics will bring football and music together to celebrate one of our town’s most famous legacies.

Events will take place around the ground from 12 noon in the build up to kick-off as, on the field, Latics look to get back to winning ways and, in the process, record a first success under new boss Malky Mackay.

Both sides go into the game looking to kick-start their season with the Canaries winless in their last four, Latics in their last five.



LAST TIME OUT

Wigan Athletic 1 Norwich City 0
Saturday 20th March 2013
Premier League



Roberto Martinez’s Latics moved out of the bottom three of the Premier League on Norwich’s last visit to the DW Stadium.

After defeating Everton in the FA Cup with Budweiser semi-final, Latics had defeated Newcastle United 2-1 to keep their survival hopes alive.

And when Arouna Kone scored nine minutes from time, the Canaries travelled back to Norfolk with just one win in 14 and were far from safe themselves.

Far from the footballing spectacle many had hoped for, Latics’ first chance fell to Kone who drilled wide of Lee Camp’s post.

The final 20 minutes saw Latics come to life and look like a team fighting for their top-flight status with Antolin Alcaraz seeing a header cleared off the line by Jonny Howson before James McCarthy shot narrowly wide.

Jordi Gomez saw a shot brilliantly blocked by Michael Turner as Chris Hughton’s side looked to be holding firm.

However, Ivorian Kone latched on to a Gomez pass before rifling beyond Camp at his near post.

NORWICH CITY IN 2014/15 SO FAR

The fall of autumn has brought about a slump in form for the Canaries but an immediate return to the Premier League is still well within their grasp.

One of a large batch of early season favourites expected to challenge for promotion to the Premier League, Norwich City came down to the second tier with the core of their top-flight side intact.

Neil Adams’ side lost both Robert Snodgrass and Leroy Fer to Premier League clubs in Hull City and Queens Park Rangers respectively but they did well to retain the likes of Jonny Howson, John Ruddy and Gary Hooper.

There were no fewer than nine permanent arrivals at Carrow Road with Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld the tenth arrival in a season-long loan deal from St. Mary’s.

Three strikers were added to the ranks in the form of Lewis Grabban, Cameron Jerome and Kyle Lafferty whilst Gary O’Neil and Carlos Cuellar, both with Premier League experience, added depth to midfield and defence.

Adams, who is taking charge of his first full season after replacing Chris Hughton for the final five games of the 2013-14 Premier League campaign, couldn’t have wished for a much better start to life as boss, as he led the Canaries to five wins in their opening seven games, including impressive away wins at Cardiff and Brentford.

However, autumn hasn’t been so kind on the Norfolk outfit with their 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Sky Bet League Two side Shrewsbury Town followed up by just two league wins in 11 games.

Three defeats in their last four games away from home have sent the Canaries down from their early season highs to 11th and four points off the play-offs in the Championship table.

At home, Norwich have conceded 13 goals in 10 games, only Birmingham City and Rotherham United have conceded more on their own patch.

Adams will still hold hopes for a turnaround heading into the New Year with strikers Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban notching 16 league goals, a partnership only beaten by Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio of Nottingham Forest.

With difficult away trips to follow today at current leaders Derby County and Reading, who won at Carrow Road last week, the Canaries will look to their upcoming fixtures with Huddersfield and Millwall at Carrow Road as big games in terms of increasing their points tally before the year closes out.

MAN TO WATCH – WES HOOLAHAN


In midfield, Republic of Ireland international Wes Hoolahan is in his seventh season at Carrow Road after signing from Blackpool in 2008.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, the attacking midfielder made 133 appearances for League of Ireland outfit Shelbourne before moving to Scotland with Livingston in 2006.

Hoolahan spent just one year with the Lions before signing for Blackpool a season later, again just staying for one season before his move to Norfolk.

Prior to making his Canaries debut, Hoolahan won his first Ireland cap in May 2008 and has since been capped 17 times by his country, scoring twice.

For his club, Hoolahan has made 225 appearances, scoring 37 goals, making him their highest appearance holder and highest goal-scorer in their current squad.

He also has a knack of scoring against Latics, notching three times in three of the last four games between the two sides.

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