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MATCH PREVIEW: NORWICH CITY V WIGAN ATHLETIC

3 March 2015

Learn more about Championship opponents Norwich City.

  • Norwich City v Wigan Athletic on Wednesday 4 March at 7.45pm.
  • Latics head to Norwich off the back of 3-1 win at Blackpool.
  • Norwich unbeaten in seven games.

Latics head to Norfolk on Wednesday evening to take on the Sky Bet Championship's third place side at Carrow Road (8.00pm).

With no fresh concerns for Malky Mackay's side, William Kvist remains the only short term absentee, with Emyr Huws and Grant Holt both recovering from long term injuries.

Latics will be buoyant heading to Norwich following Saturday's 3-1 victory at Bloomfield Road against Blackpool, but the Canaries head into the game in fine form, having won their last six matches in a row.

You can listen to and follow the action live, with audio commentary available on Latics Player and minute-by-minute updates on Latics Wall.

FLASHBACK



Norwich City 1-1 Wigan Athletic
Sunday 11 March 2012
Carrow Road
Barclays Premier League


Victor Moses' 68th minute equaliser earned Latics a vital point in the race for Premier League survival, kick-starting a famous run which saw the side lose just twice in the final 11 games of the season.

Latics went on to record famous victories over Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United during the rest of the 2011/12 campaign, with many seeing the point at Carrow Road as a turning point.

Shaun Maloney, making just his sixth Latics appearance slipped the ball beyond the Canaries' defence, allowing for Moses to round John Ruddy and slot in his third of the season.

Latics almost clinched all three points at the end of the game, but Mohamed Diame's clear cut chance inside the 18-yard box was agonisingly side footed over the bar.

NORWICH IN 2015 SO FAR



It's been a busy, but successful two months for the Norfolk based club so far this year, first of all with Neil Adams leaving his post as manager on January 5, before former Hamilton Academical Alex Neil took over on January 9.

When Adams resigned as Canaries boss the club sat seventh in the Championship, eight points from the top, two months later and Alex Neil's outfit are now just three points from the summit and sat in third after an incredible run of eight wins, one draw and one defeat.

Neil won his first game in charge of the club 2-1 away at fellow promotion chasers AFC Bournemouth, an followed it up with seven more against Cardiff City, Blackpool, Charlton Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Watford, Blackburn Rovers and most recently Ipswich Town in the East Anglian Derby on Sunday.

Norwich's one defeat under the former Barnsley player came at home to Brentford, when the Bees grabbed with points with a 2-1 victory.

Two additions were made at the start of 2015, with Anthony Andreu following his former manager from Hamilton, and Graham Dorrans joining on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Norwich's dangerous strike force is one to keep an eye on, as trio Gary Hooper, Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban have scored five goals each since their new boss joined the club.

MAN TO WATCH - BRADLEY JOHNSON



It's not just Norwich's strikers on form in recent weeks, and to the midfielder's credit, all season.  Bradley Johnson is in the best goal scoring season of his career, having scored 10 times already in just 29 appearances.

The 27-year-old, who joined Norwich in 2011 from Leeds United, has scored three times in his last four appearances, including a later winner against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and a pile-driving opener in the victory over Ipswich Town on Sunday.

Johnson's start to the 2014/15 season was also impressive, with two in the opening three fixtures, both of them seeing him chip experienced goalkeepers Heurelho Gomes and Paul Robinson in comfortable wins against Watford and Blackburn.


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