Wednesday 24 January 2018

Hoolahan bags Norwich point

Phil Medlicott

Wes Hoolahan's goal just before half-time ensured newly promoted Norwich claimed a point from their Premier League opener against Wigan at the DW Stadium.

The Latics had gone in front in the 21st minute through Ben Watson's spot-kick after Ritchie De Laet had fouled Franco Di Santo. But the Canaries made it 1-1 at the end of the first half when Ali Al Habsi could not hold on to Steve Morison's delivery and Hoolahan slotted into the net.

Watson almost won it late on with a shot which struck the woodwork and Victor Moses and Hugo Rodallega also went close in the dying moments -- but overall Paul Lambert's side deserved to come away with something.

After seeing his team suffer a 4-0 hammering at home against Blackpool on the first day of last season, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was all too aware that Premier League new boys should not be underestimated.

And Norwich certainly made their presence felt in the opening seconds when David Fox lunged in on Di Santo, picking up a booking.

Dubliner Conor Sammon came on for Wigan in the second half, and had a chance, which he headed over. Later, a counter-attack saw Norwich surge forward but Grant Holt could also not keep his header down.

Watson almost won it with five minutes remaining, and Moses and Rodallega then had shots blocked by some last-ditch defending as Norwich hung on for the draw.

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