Ticket details for Wigan Athletic's Sky Bet Championship away game at Preston North End on Saturday 10 August 2019.
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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has been on the look out for new signings for many positions for his squad as he looks to bolster his options for the new up coming premier league season. Martinex has a number of players on his radar who he feels would benefit the squad and talks continue with many clubs over bringing in the players he needs for the new season.
One of the top targets for the manager this summer is highly rated Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste who has been in stunning for for his current club all of last season. The 26 year old is highly regarded by Martinez and now the manager is in discussions with the northern club to bring the player to the DW Stadium ready for the start of the season although Blackpool have been coy on releasing any details of the deal.
Great news for Wigan fans right now is that the club have rebuffed a third bid from Chelsea to take flying winger Victor Moses to Stamford Bridge with the club holding firm to the fact that any club wishing to sign the winger will need to table an offer of the clubs valuation of the player. This may cool interest in the player from the European champions as Roberto DiMatteo will not be forced into playing over the odds for the player and may find himself looking elsewhere for new additions to his squad.
Aberdeen superstar Fraser Fyvie could be a player on his way to the DW this summer after the club stepped up interest in the player after finding out the players contract with his current club is due to end in December with no new deal set to take place. Martinez has long been an admirer of the player and sees him as the perfect addition to his squad for the up coming season so talks continue about bringing him down to the premier league outfit.
Wigan old boy Hugo Rodallega who left the club after they decided not to renew his contract at the end of the season looks all set to join Fulham on a free transfer. The player found it increasingly hard to nail down a regular spot at Wigan and was told just before the end of the season that he no longer was in Martinez plans for the club and thus he is now looking all set to join the Cottagers any time soon.
This was the day when Leeds were supposed to hit the accelerator and watch the dual carriageway towards the Premier League open up in front of them but, instead, 10-man Wigan delighted in forcing Marcelo Bielsa’s team on to the hard shoulder.
Paul Cook’s side arrived with the worst away record in the Football League but they left their opponents as frustrated as the over-heated drivers stuck in Easter traffic on the clogged motorways surrounding the city.
Daniel Farke admitted a draw for Norwich was a “good point” in the race for promotion. The Championship leaders had to come from behind at Wigan, with Teemu Pukki scoring a late equaliser with a cool finish.
Wigan led at the break through a penalty from Reece James, after Sam Morsy’s shot had struck a Norwich arm in the box, and they squandered decent chances to extend their lead.
Reece James “Anyone can beat anyone in the Championship, which is why it’s good to play in. I just had to stay cool with the penalty and not let anything affect my focus. We’ve always had confidence but the results haven’t gone our way. We need to keep fighting and pick up more points against Leeds.
Teemu Pukki’s expert late equaliser means Norwich need six points from four games to secure promotion. Wigan should be fine if they play like that for the rest of the season.
Peep peep! An excellent game ends with both sides taking a deserved point.
90+8 min And they almost get another! Pukki moves left and picks out a good pass to Stiepermann, who shoots through a crowded area and straight at Walton.
90+7 min We’re deep into Farke Time, where Norwich have scored so many goals this season.
90+5 min At the other end, Pukki’s shot on the turn flies wide of the near post. There must have been a touch off a Wigan defender because a corner has been given. It’s headed away by Dunkley.
90+4 min: Clarke has a goal disallowed for offside! It’s the right decision, though it was very close as he ran onto James’s inswinging free-kick to head past Krul from six yards.
90+2 min A fine run from Byrne earns Wigan a corner. It’s swung out towards Olsson, who makes a mess of a decent headed chance 10 yards from goal. He was unmarked but got under the ball and headed it straight up in the air.
90+1 min Vrancic’s volley from 15 yards is blocked by Dunkley. Wigan are hanging on desperately.
90 min Vrancic dances past two players and crosses low towards the near post, where Olsson stretches to make a vital interception. There will be eight added minutes because of the various injuries.
88 min Danny Fox goes off injured for Wigan, to be replaced by Jonas Olsson.
85 min Suddenly it’s all Norwich. Hernandez wins a corner down the right. It goes all the way across to Vrancic, whose curling shot from the left corner of the box takes a deflection and spins just wide of the far post.
82 min James is booked for a foul on someone or other.
McLean picked up a loose ball just past the halfway line, surged forward and played an angled pass through to Pukki, who’d made an excellent run from centre to left to lose Dunkley. He moved into the area, opened his body up and steered a gentle curling shot along the floor and into the far corner. That is such a classy finish.
A masterful finish from Teemu Pukki brings Norwich level!
78 min Morsy’s long-range shot deflects off Aarons for a corner. Evans’ inswinger is cleared.
77 min Emi Buendia has had another brilliant game for Norwich.
76 min A triple change for Norwich: Jordan Rhodes, Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner replace Tom Trybull, Jamal Lewis and Todd Cantwell.
75 min James strolls imperiously past McLean and plays the ball square to Robinson, who cuts infield and drills a shot wide from the edge of the area.
74 min Wigan were hanging on for the first 20 minutes of the second half. Since then, however, they have looked very comfortable.
73 min A double change for Wigan: Nick Powell and Josh Windass replace Gavin Massey and the excellent Kal Naismith.
72 min Godfrey overruns the ball and ploughs zestily through Byrne. He’s a bit fortunate not to get booked for that.
71 min “Hi Rob,” writes Håkan Burden. “When it comes to the definition of unnatural positions, I honestly can’t see how the hands can stay tucked to your body when jumping. If we were monkeys we could keep our balance with our tails, but we’re not and flail pathetically with our arms to not topple over. My guess is that if the interpretation of the law remains as is, we’ll see defenders adopting some quite unnatural ways of jumping next season.”
I agree. If you attempt to block a shot, as Godfrey did, you will naturally flail your arms. If you change the wording to something like ‘gaining an unfair advantage’, there would be scope to use more common sense.
69 min James curls the free-kick just over the bar, though Krul had it covered.
68 min Zimmermann is booked for flattening Massey 20 yards from goal.
67 min After a difficult spell, Wigan are again looking threatening on the counter-attack. It’s a fascinating game.
65 min Norwich appeal for a penalty when Pukki goes over after a challenge from Morsy. The referee waves play on, and Wigan almost score seconds later! It was a brilliant counter-attack, started by a long run from Naismith. He then pushed the ball through to Clarke, who nutmegged Godfrey and tried to chip Krul from close range. Krul got a slight touch on the ball and it drifted agonisingly wide of the far post.
63 min Robinson zips infield from the left, plays a nice one-two with Evans - but then sidefoots high and wide from 25 yards.
63 min I wonder whether Wigan’s energetic performance in the first half has taken too much out of them.
61 min Wigan are struggling to get out of their half. Cantwell beats two players on the right of the box and cuts the ball back to Pukki, who miskicks at the near post. He tried to turn it towards goal but instead kicked it against his standing foot.
59 min Norwich have been miles better since half-time.
58 min: Another good save from Walton! Pukki chests the ball off to Stiepermann, who plays a nice return pass down the side of the defence. Pukki moves onto it and hits a crisp left-footed shot across goal that is palmed away by the plunging Walton. From the resulting corner, the stretching Godfrey heads high over the bar.
56 min Hernandez dives in the Wigan area. The referee doesn’t buy it.
55 min Evans is going to try to run off the injury. The game is starting to get pretty feisty now, and Aarons squares up to James after a foul in midfield.
53 min “Afternoon Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “That was the clearest penalty I’ve seen since Dave Jones handled against Scotland in 1977. Don’t need VAR for those.”
52 min Evans is down after a challenge from Trybull. It was a fair tackle, but Evans is struggling.
50 min Oof. James surges forward from the centre circle and hits a scorching long-range drive that just clears the crossbar. Krul was at full stretch but didn’t get a touch.
49 min Norwich have started the second half with much greater intensity. Hernandez takes Lewis’s low cross in his stride and hits a superb snapshot that is beaten away by the diving Walton. Fine save, that, especially as he was unsighted.
“The current interpretation of the handball rule is ruining football,” says Dan C. “It’s like a Random Penalty Generator, roll a double six and your luck is in.”
Agreed. It’s a mess. Interestingly, the pundits on Sky Sports think it wouldn’t have been given had the referee seen the deflection off Godfrey’s leg. But his hand was still in an unnatural position, and I thought that meant a penalty these days.
“Oh yeah, meant to add what a crap penalty call that was,” says JR. “Total guess. And a wrong guess. Terrible.”
Really? I thought it was a clear penalty in accordance with the current interpretation of the law, even if that law is an ass. They need to address that or there will be 500 penalties with VAR next season.
“Hey Rob,” says JR in Illinois. “I have a friend who told me the other day that the Sopranos is terrible even though he’s never really watched it. Though I liked Deadwood more, Sopranos is surely a top 5 TV show, innit? Maybe not coincidentally this friend also recently confided that he doesn’t believe man landed on the moon. Perhaps I should look into some different friends, eh?”
Top five!!! It’s the greatest thing in the history of humankind. Anyone who says otherwise just doesn’t hate themself enough.
Wigan have been the better team in a game of few chances and lead through Reece James’ penalty. Norwich haven’t really got going, though much of that is down to Wigan’s relentless pressing. See you soon for the second half.
Reece James, the teenager on loan from Chelsea, scores with an accomplished, almost nonchalant penalty. He placed it into the bottom-left corner, and although Krul went the right way he couldn’t get there.
44 min Godfrey is a bit unlucky, because he blocked the ball with his leg and it deflected onto his arm. In 2019, however, that’s a clear penalty. Trybull is booked for dissent.
44 min Morsy’s shot is blocked by the outstretched arm of Godfrey, and Wigan have a penalty.
42 min Naismith takes a return pass from Robinson on the left, moves infield and hits a good shot from 20 yards that takes a deflection off McLean and flies just wide of the far post. Krul probably had it covered, though.
40 min Hernandez moves confidently infield from the left, only to drag a pitiful shot well wide from 20 yards.
39 min: Good save from Krul! Robinson’s cross from the left was headed towards goal from 12 yards by the diving Evans, and Krol plunged to his left to make a fairly comfortable stop.
36 min Stiepermann’s deflected cross from the left flashes straight past Pukki in the six-yard box. At first it looked like a bad miss, but I think Pukki was unsighted and then couldn’t move his body quickly enough to connect with a ball that came to him at an awkward height.
33 min Norwich are struggling to get their passing game going. Wigan have been excellent without hte ball, harassing Norwich high up the pitch, though whether they can sustain such intensity for 90 minutes is debatable.
32 min Massey is booked for a foul on McLean.
31 min “Hi Rob,” says Kevin Ryan. “As it’s a bit slow there do you recall a Zimmerman as one of Ernie Bilko’s platoon In The Phil Silvers show. If I remember rightly he was a little bloke with a Tintin-like tuft of hair on his nut. Shows my age, I guess. Brilliant show though, years ahead of its time and the writing still stands up to this today.”
I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. There are only so many hours in the day, and most of mine are spent watching the Sopranos or the Big Lebowski on loop.
30 min The corner is cleared to Robinson, who shoots over the bar from 35 yards.
29 min Morsy curls a very long pass to the lone striker Clarke, who muscles Godfrey aside and hits a shot that is deflected over the bar by Zimmermann. James will take it...
28 min James’ deep, inswinging free-kick is headed wide by Clarke, clambering over Lewis at the far post. It was a half chance.
27 min Free-kick to Wigan on the left.
27 min Throw-in to Wigan on the left.
25 min Evans tries to chip Krul from 25 yards but gets far too much on it.
25 min A long ball forward from McLean is spilled by Walton, who recovers to claim the loose ball in front of Hernandez.
23 min Morsy shoots well wide from distance. Wigan will be happy with the way this game is going, however; they have Norwich’s equals so far.
20 min Good play from Massey, who skips past Zimmermann down the right and moves into the area before sidefooting a low ball right across the face of goal.
17 min Lewis plays a good pass down the left to Hernandez, whose attempted reverse pass is intercepted by Dunkley. Ordinarily I would give such an incident time of day in a live blog, but I have to type something and that’s the most notable action of the last few minutes.
14 min Cantwell wins a corner for Norwich, who are attacking the Carrow Road End. Stiepermann’s inswinger is headed away by Clarke.
12 min After a sluggish start, Norwich are slowly finding their pass-and-move groove. So far it’s been a pleasant but unexciting game.
9 min Wigan continue to dominate possession in the early stages. It’s a bright, open game.
5 min: Robinson makes a goal-saving block! Hernandez moved infield from the left and played a slick one-two-three with Cantwell, who miscontrolled the ball in the area. It ran onto Pukki, whose shot on the turn from five yards would have gone in but for Robinson’s block.
3 min Wigan have started brightly. They have a good record at home, although the extent of their home advantage today is debatable – all the noise is coming from the Norwich fans.
1 min Peep peep! Norwich, in their green change strip, get the match under way. Wigna are wearing blue and white.
The marvellous Emi Buendia is still suspended for Norwich, who haven’t won a league game without him this season. Yet.
Norwich have subsidised travel for 5,300 of their supporters, which is a fine gesture that should make for a cracking atmosphere today.
Morning. Norwich are nearly there. They need seven points from the last five matches to guarantee promotion, and their form should make it a formality. Their winning run ended in that madcap draw against Reading in the week, when they lost it, won it and finally drew it, but a run of 25 points from nine games is promotion form and then some.
When these teams met at Carrow Road at the end of September, Wigan were fifth and Norwich 12th. Now it’s 1st v 21st, with Wigan fighting for survival. Their 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road was the start of a long, miserable run of four wins in 32 games. Even allowing for their decent home form, it would be a big surprise if they made it five in 33 today.
• Police arrest Brentford fan after incident at Griffin Park • EFL ‘saddened, disappointed and angered’ by incidents
Football authorities are facing more scrutiny over their handling of fans’ racist abuse after three clubs reported alleged incidents and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha called out an online message branding him “a diving monkey”.
The latest incidents came two days after the Tottenham defender Danny Rose said he “can’t wait to see the back of football” due to the lack of action taken against fans’ racism, and Raheem Sterling urged authorities to take a “proper stance” against abuse.
Tammy Abraham has already been offered a chance to play in the Premier League in this transfer window. He rejected a loan move to Wolves earlier this week in favour of staying with Aston Villa to help with their push for promotion. Not every player would turn down a Premier League club but his decision may prove wise. There’s little doubt the 21-year-old striker will be a Premier League player next season, wherever that may be, so his choice to stick with a side and system that play to his strengths is admirable. Abraham, who has two England caps, is the joint top scorer in the Championship this season with 16 goals in 20 appearances – and 12 of those goals have come in his last 10 games. Rating: 7.40
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