LATICS 2 - 2 NORWICH CITY
Omar Bogle scored a sensational double within six second half minutes to turn a pulsating match on his head but the visitors struck back through a Mitchell Dijks header to even up the score at the DW Stadium after Nelson Oliveira had put the visitors a goal up at the break.
The young striker signed from Grimsby Town on deadline day had already scored 19 goals this season and his hot streak continued as he made it two in two for his new club on his full debut in an amazing spell in the second half.
Latics had chances to claim all three points against the play-off chasing Canaries in a thrilling final twenty minutes but Jakob Haugaard also came to the rescue late on as Norwich threatened to spoil Bogle’s party.
Bogle was one of two changes for Latics, James Weir also making his full start, in place of Will Grigg and David Perkins.
Bogle could have scored in the 12th minute, breaking the Norwich offside trap to get on the end of Callum Connolly’s through ball, he raced clear but John Ruddy managed to deflect his angled drive for a corner.
Ivo Pinto blasted a brilliant 20 yard strike onto Haugaard’s bar in the 24th minute but Russell Martin had strayed into an offside position as he headed in and it didn’t count. A let off, but Norwicvh did go ahead after 39 minutes when Alex Pritchard floated in a free-kick and Oliveira met it from ten yards, heading over the stranded Haugaard.
Joyce brought on Grigg on in place of Weir for the second half and he was first to Max Power’s right wing cross on 54 minutes but headed a yard wide.
He then found himself clear on the right on 57 minutes but his effort was deflected off Timm Klose’s outstretched boot and Ruddy had to palm the ball away for a corner from under his cross bar for a corner. Power was then able to drive at goal as the ball was cleared and Martin was in the right place to head it off the line.
Then came Bogle’s double. Jacobs floated in a corner after 61 minutes, and the striker was strongest in a crowded area to head into the back of the net from close range.
Brilliant stuff but before the DW had caught its breath properly, Connolly was fouled on the edge of the box six minutes later and it was Bogle who showed superb technique to strike the ball past the wall and into the back of the net with Ruddy rooted to the spot.
What a moment.
Yanic Wildschut was replaced on 70 minutes but it was a quiet DW return for him – not that any Latics supporters was upset about that. The equaliser came from another Canary new boy, when Pritchard’s corner was nodded in by Mitchel Dijks with 72 minutes gone.
Suddenly the pendulum had swung the other way and as Cameron Jerome broke quickly, it was the visitors who were denied by a great Haugaard save, blocking substitute Josh Murphy’s shot from point blank range.
On 76 minutes, Sam Morsy had two chances to score when Mulumbu blocked his initial chance, then from the follow up, he blasted over from 20 yards.
On 86 minutes, Jacobs swung in another corner, Dan Burn headed back across goal and after a scramble, Jake Buxton’s drive was blocked on the line. So close but Latics will draw confidence from matching one of the really fancied sides on the night, and arguably having the best chances to win.