Norwich 1 – 1 Wigan

Norwich picked up their first Championship point of the season after coming from within a goal to hold Wigan to a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

The Canaries were, by far, the most dominant team in the first half in Norfolk and racked up 11 shots – none of which were worth anything – before falling behind when James McClean finished calmly against the run of play after the failure of Ben Gibson in concentration at the back (29).

Max Aarons scored the all-important equalizer for Norwich

For a time it looked to have been a perfect example of a successful smash-and-grab for Wigan as their opponents were unlucky in front of goal, but Max Aarons completed a flowing move to seal the game draw (62), before Teemu Pukki rattled the crossbar in an unsuccessful attempt to seal the victory.

How Norwich were frustrated for a second consecutive week

Norwich boss Dean Smith lamented his side’s lack of quality in the first loss to Cardiff – in which the Canaries recorded just one shot on target – and, this time, they left the blocks in an attempt to right their previous wrongs.

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James McClean leaps at Carrow Road to put Wigan ahead in their Championship clash with Norwich

Dimitris Giannoulis had the first sight of goal, with Teemu Pukki, Aarons and new signing Marcelino Nunez all trailing shots to the face of goal, while five first-half corners produced no final product.

It’s not uncommon for teams to be punished for such debauchery – and that’s exactly what happened. A sloppy pass from Gibson gave Will Keane the chance to face an unmarked McClean to stay cool and find the bottom right corner.

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Max Aarons equalizes for Norwich in their Championship clash with Wigan

That goal turned the tide, with the more confident Latics stepping on their hosts, who received a handful of perhaps unfair boos as they returned to the dressing room at the end of the first 45 minutes.

Norwich regained control after the restart, however, and forced the equalizer they deserved when Aarons completed a smooth move orchestrated by Pukki and Milot Rashica.

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Teemu Pukki was inches away from putting Norwich ahead of Wigan

As the crowd closed in on the Canaries, they nearly cut out the winner when Pukki turned and fired at the crossbar, but replays showed Wigan goalkeeper Ben Amos had the slightest touch on the ball to tip it over the woodwork and gain a second. point in so many games.

Man of the Match – James McClean

And after?

The two teams will be next in action at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday August 9 as the first round of the Carabao Cup takes place. Norwich host Birmingham at Carrow Road, while Wigan travel to Highbury to take on Fleetwood.

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