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- Fri, 19 Apr 2019 21:12:34 +0000: Norwich City 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday: Championship – as it happened - Norwich City | The Guardian
Mario Vrancic jumped off the bench to rescue Championship leaders Norwich a priceless point against Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road
Daniel Farke, the Norwich head coach, talks. “The lads are brilliant and this spirit and attitude is carrying us through the season,” he says. “Again, we had ridiculous decisions against us and to come away, 11 games unbeaten, it is outstanding. We have a really unique attitude. We have a world-class winning mentality. This team never knows when they have lost a game. We always fight against the odds and were able to find a answer.”
Read Paul Doyle’s dispatch from Carrow Road:
Steve Bruce speaks. “It’s cruel,” he says. “When you see the goal [the winner] again: ‘Is it a free-kick?’ I doubt it. The referee then played five-and-a-half minutes when there are five to play and he says he has allowed 30 seconds for a substitution. Where he gets this 30 extra seconds from ... we feel aggrieved today, because the referee didn’t do his job.” Of Forestieri, he adds: “For the first time in a while, he looks fit. He has had a few injury problems but, unfortunately, it is towards the end of the season that we are seeing the real Forestieri. We have practically nothing to play for, but we rolled up our sleeves and, for me, we deserved to win the match.”
That was another brilliant advert for the Championship. A sensational end to another seesawing, entertaining encounter. Plenty of positives for both teams, although avoiding defeat was massive for Norwich, who have drawn their past three matches and travel to Stoke City on Easter Monday. They could seal promotion there, depending on how Sheffield United and Leeds United fare at Hull and Brentford respectively. For Norwich, the 19-year-old Max Aarons was absolutely terrific again, while Wednesday will take encouragement from a hearty performance. And, anyone inside Carrow Road will not forget that thumping Fernando Forestieri strike any time soon; it was a beauty. Steve Bruce’s side take on Bristol City next, though a point simply leaves them with too much to do to break into the play-offs.
It is a draw that tastes like a victory for Norwich City. Mario Vrancic, who equalised in stoppage-time speaks. “I was sure I was going to sure, I practise for those moments and I am happy it went,” he says. “It is a very important point, we are five points ahead with three games to go but it is not done yet.” Fernando Forestieri, very eloquently, says: “I’m happy for Norwich, they deserve to win the league. They are likely to be champions.”
Norwich never know when they are beaten. They salvage what could prove a priceless point at the death. Sheffield Wednesday probably feel hard done by, but Steven Fletcher handled in the buildup to poking Steve Bruce’s side in front.
Make that eight goals in the 90th minute or later! Mario Vrancic bends a fine free-kick over the Wednesday wall and it zooms into the top corner. Dawson had no chance. Carrow Road erupts, but Farke is totally unmoved.
90+5 min: Norwich free-kick, right on the edge of the 18-yard box. Vrancic fishes for a foul and buys one out of Marco Matias. This will surely be the last kick of the game. Vrancic fancies it, too ...
90+4 min: Dawson smothers a high ball forward by Aarons.
90+3 min: Klose goes over in the box after collecting a Pukki pass, after a high ball forward, but it is an optimistic shout for a penalty. Norwich will take anything at this stage. And then Wednesday pour forward, with Lucas Joao making substantial progress in off the byline, with Godfrey eventually clearing. Wednesday could have added a third.
90+3 min: Wednesday defend superbly once more. And when Norwich recycle the ball, Srbeny and Klose sandwich Pelupessy.
90+2 min: Hernández is replaced by Timm Klose, and the giant defender’s first act will be to try and get on the end of a Norwich corner.
90+1 min: Onel Hernández darts in off the right flank and cannons a low ball across goal, but Wednesday clear. Norwich are chasing an equaliser!
90 min: There will be five minutes stoppage time. Norwich have scored seven goals in the 90th minute or later this season ...
88 min: Leitner hangs a high ball up for Stiepermann, but Cameron Dawson reads it like a book and calmly gathers out of the sky.
86 min: Barry Bannan and Steven Fletcher play a dreamy one-two, and the latter ends up swinging at the ball inside the box – but Norwich nip in to clear just as Fletcher went to pull the trigger. Wednesday flew forward, carving Norwich open but could not put the gloss on a slick move upfield.
84 min: Zimmermann makes a mess of a routine clearance. Maybe it is just not going to be Norwich’s night? Wednesday, who have stifled and stood firm when needed, are almost there.
83 min: Vrancic slips Pukki into the channel, but the striker gets his cross all wrong. Off goes Jamal Lewis, replaced by Srbeny.
82 min: Unable to call on Jordan Rhodes off the bench – the striker ineligible to face his parent club – Norwich are readying Dennis Srbeny.
81 min: Wednesday clear, and Mo Leitner loses a boot in the aftermath. Norwich are having a good go but Wednesday calmly hoover up another attack.
80 min: George Boyd plays the role of pantomime villain, picking up a booking after tugging at the shirt of Max Aarons, who has been absolutely relentless down the right flank again. At 19, Aarons has a huge future. Norwich have a free-kick from an acute angle, 20 yards from goal.
79 min: On comes Mario Vrancic, in place of Tom Trybull. Farke introduces a bit more attacking invention to the Norwich midfield.
77 min: Joao’s first act is to clear a routine Norwich corner. But the ball keeps coming back at Wednesday, who failed to truly clear their lines. Dominic Iorfa boxes clever, sweeping the ball away after Aarons sends an arcing ball towards the back post where Onel Hernández was lurking.
76 min: That’s Forestieri’s last contribution, with Lucas Joao summoned in his place. Forestieri’s right boot has proved a lethal weapon for Wednesday.
75 min: Forestieri has another go from distance, this time bending an effort goalwards although it warps away from goal. Another great hit.
72 min: Forestieri brings down Aarons on the very edge of the area with a clumsy challenge! Aarons petulantly wraps his arms around the referee Geoff Eltringham to inform him that he has made the wrong decision, though replays show the foul was indeed outside of the 18-yard box. But Norwich fail to make the most of it, with Stiepermann eventually running into Cameron Dawson after recycling the ball on the edge of the box.
71 min: Dawson blasts his goal-kick straight out for a Norwich throw. The home crowd enjoy it, Steve Bruce not so much.
70 min: Onel Hernández switches on the afterburners to jet beyond Iorfa but Lees does well to shut the door. Norwich continue to probe but then Leitner’s keenness is his downfall as he fouls Matias on the right flank.
68 min: Fletcher unleashes a rocket on the half-volley, but Krul is equal to it! It all stemmed from a free-kick, after Pukki was adjudged to have fouled Matias. Wednesday win a foul after their attempt to scamper forward was intercepted by the Norwich striker tracking back to do the hard yards.
67 min: Pelupessy has to dig deep to clear the ball as Norwich surge upfield again through Jamal Lewis down the left flank. Another corner is headed clear by Iorfa before Wednesday attempt to counter.
66 min: Lees tries to shepherd Onel Hernández away from the box before Matias nicks the ball away, but the referee pulls up the former for being a little overzealous in the challenge. Bannan replaces Onomah. Norwich waste the resulting free-kick, with Leitner’s cross poor.
65 min: Kenny McLean heads just wide for Norwich! Brilliant play down the right flank by Max Aarons, who gallops forward before cutting inside and delivering a flighted cross. McLean is there to meet it, beating Tom Lees to power at goal but it falls just wide of Cameron Dawson’s goal.
63 min: Norwich and Farke are still umm-ing and aah-ing over a change, while Steve Bruce is readying Barry Bannan.
62 min: Michael Hector slips in Onomah with a smart ball forward but Wednesday fail to make the most of having men up. Instead Norwich fly forward after turning over possession. Daniel Farke must be contemplating a change. They look unusually bereft of ideas in the final third.
61 min: Palmer clears with Pukki lurking. In fact, the Norwich striker had a swing at it as Stiepermann recycled the initial corner but Wednesday do well to hold firm. Forestieri then surges down the left and buys a foul out of the German, who ends up slamming the ball down in frustration.
60 min: Matias concedes a corner as Lewis surges forward to meet a lofted pass. Mo Leitner will swing it in once more ...
58 min: Sheffield Wednesday seem to be enjoying the role of party-poopers, with Onomah and Boyd gladly fizzing the ball around. Norwich, for the first time really, have gone a little flat. But surely not for long?
56 min: Steven Fletcher goes on a mazy run down the right flank. He is causing all sorts of problems – with his feet and his hands ...
54 min: Stiepermann angles a low effort just wide!
A twist in the promotion plot! A devious ball bounces in from the left and Fletcher manages to get his big toe on it to steer the cross goalwards. Tim Krul is livid because after making a super initial save, Fletcher appears to handle the ball, scooping it in with his left hand before the striker wheels away to celebrate. A contentious goal, and Krul earns a booking for his frustrations.
50 min: A big save from Tim Krul to deny Forestieri a second thumper! The Dutchman gets a strong left hand to another venomous Forestieri strike. Wednesday have not turned up to just roll over. They mean business.
49 min: Ben Godfrey glances just wide! George Boyd inadvertently flicks on Leitner’s corner at the front post and Godfrey arrives at the back post to head at goal, but he nods wide. It was a golden chance, almost such a good opportunity it appeared to take Godfrey by surprise.
48 min: Onel Hernández and Lewis play a neat one-two down the left flank. Lewis surges to the byline and wins a Norwich corner. They play it short and get another in quick succession. Leitner will swing it in once more ...
46 min: Onel Hernández does superbly, scooting forward – being tugged back all the time by Onomah – before Leitner takes over the baton, and he, too, is fouled. Norwich play a quick free-kick and Wednesday clear. Hernández has caused havoc with almost his every touch. No personnel changes at the interval, but George Boyd gets a helping hand with his bootlaces.
46 min: Wednesday’s Josh Onomah gets us back under way.
Here we go then, the teams are back out at Carrow Road.
Essential half-time reading:
A low Marco Stiepermann strike was cancelled out by a belting Fernando Forestieri equaliser. The Wednesday striker swivelled on the edge of the box before letting rip from a good 25 yards, with Forestieri filing a goal of the season contender. They will be queuing up at the end-of-season Sheffield Wednesday awards dinner for the goal of the season gong, with Adam Reach – absent with an achilles injury here – having registered a couple of beauties this campaign. Still, Norwich are very much on track to get the job done. They have been pegged back by a preposterous leveller.
45+2 min: Hector is adamant he has won a goal-kick after nabbing the ball away from Stiepermann but replays show a corner was the right decision. Leitner delivers, but it is emphatically cleared. And that’s that.
45+1 min: Wednesday smartly turnover possession, and proceed to switch from defence to attack before the move breaks down on halfway. Back come Norwich down the right, through Max Aarons but he cannot get a clean shot away. The teenage full-back seemed to be pulled back by Palmer inside the box after collecting a sublime back-heel by Onel Hernández. But, the referee is unmoved, and Norwich have to go again.
45+1 min: Leitner buys a corner out of Dominic Iorfa ...
45 min: There will be three added minutes.
42 min: Liam Palmer does superbly to prevent a corner by going shoulder-to-shoulder with Pukki and ushering the Norwich forward aside. Norwich end up with only a throw-in but nevertheless look to maintain the pressure. Onel Hernández ends up being fed inside the box by Pukki – who is clearly fouled after passing the ball on – but the former gets his legs in a tangle. No foul is given on Pukki after the advantage fades.
41 min: Stiepermann tries to feed Onel Hernández with a gorgeous through ball, but Lees reads it impeccably, sliding to cut it out with his legs. Norwich win the corner, but Dawson punches clear Leitner’s delivery.
39 min: Sheffield Wednesday try to play in Steven Fletcher – but Krul comes out at the crucial moment to intervene. That goal has breathed life back into Wednesday, who were far from done and dusted even at one-goal down.
37 min: Good news: Aarons is back up on his feet. That looked very painful for Aarons, the EFL young player of the year. He has had a fine season.
36 min: Max Aarons and Liam Palmer collide on the byline, and the latter ends up inadvertently trampling on the Norwich teenager. Aarons looks in pain and will require some treatment. Palmer seems fine to carry on.
34 min: Pelupessy is on for Hutchinson, who tried to battle on but clutched his hamstring after intercepting on halfway in the very buildup to that equaliser. Daniel Farke looks totally perplexed on the touchline, presumably stunned by the sheer magnificence of that Forestieri strike.
Crikey, a goal of the season contender! Fernando Forestieri wriggles into a yard of space 25-30 yards out and then just thumps an effort at goal. Once it leaves his right boot, there is only one destination, as the ball zooms beyond a hapless Tim Krul in goal. That is helluva goal – a beauty. And, suddenly, Sheffield Wednesday restore parity. A shock to the system for Norwich. Adam Reach has been partial to a pearling, piercing strike or two from distance but that was something else. A preposterous goal.
30 min: Sam Hutchinson appears to be struggling for Wednesday and Joey Pelupessy is stripped and ready if needed. Bruce is determined to give his midfielder a chance to fight on but it remains to be seen if he can.
29 min: Lewis dinks a ball over the top for Pukki to run on to – but Dawson reads it and surges out of goal to gather. Wednesday try to rebuild from the back. They have done a lot right, but it is Norwich who are in control.
28 min: Ben Godfrey charges forward with the ball, eating up about 30 yards before passing over the baton to Jamal Lewis. Eventually it drops in the box for Pukki, but his effort is dealt with by Dawson in the Wednesday goal. That goal has truly relaxed Norwich, who are beginning to flourish.
25 min: Michael Hector does brilliantly to sweep up on halfway – but his next move is not so finely executed as he passes the ball out of play. And then Norwich hit them at speed, with Boyd chopping down Pukki.
24 min: Jamal Lewis surges down the left flank but Iorfa keeps pace with the full-back to cut out Onel Hernández’s beautifully weighted pass. And Sheffield Wednesday earn a goal-kick to boot. Great defending by the former Ipswich defender.
22 min: Max Aarons marauds down the right, finding space on the overload and cuts the ball inside for Pukki but the striker is unable to trouble Dawson. Norwich are beginning to enjoy themselves. They’re dominating possession.
21 min: Sheffield Wednesday may feel a little hard done by given their positive and proactive approach to this game, but there is no doubting Norwich were slowly beginning to turn the screw. Carrow Road is rocking, safe in the knowledge they are well on the way to the six points they need to seal promotion.
Norwich edge a step closer to the Premier League. Marco Stiepermann plays a give-and-go with Onel Hernández and, when he picks it back up on the edge of the box, he hammers a first-time effort down the middle of goal with his left foot. It was not in the corner, but the power sent it flying beyond Dawson.
16 min: Lees plays Onel Hernández onside and Dawson makes a fantastic save with his right leg! The winger was slipped in, with Norwich suddenly two-on-one. He did everything right, but the Wednesday keeper did well to shut him out, with Pukki lurking for the rebound. Despite a couple of scares, Bruce will be relatively happy with this start. Norwich have not had it all their own way.
15 min: A half chance for the Argos-loving Onel Hernández, but Michael Hector is equal to it. But back come Norwich ...
14 min: Boyd has the ball in the net – but the Wednesday forward was a fraction offside. Dominic Iorfa surged forward, threaded Boyd through and he rolled it beyond Krul, but the linesman had his flag up.
13 min: Fletcher heads over for Wednesday! They zip the ball around, it’s a lovely move and it culminates with Fletcher to head over Palmer’s cross from the left. There were a couple of neat triangles outside the box and Matias, who was a substitute at Leeds last time out, has been influential early on.
12 min: Tom Lees, the Wednesday captain, attempts to kickstart a move forward, via Josh Onomah. Liam Palmer is played in down the left flank, putting Max Aarons in a pickle but Norwich clear their lines.
11 min: Forestieri has a crack from distance – all of 30 yards – and Tim Krul ends up nodding it away with his head, as it bounced up dangerously in front of him. Sheffield Wednesday have settled but Norwich remain in the ascendency.
9 min: Stiepermann bludgeons it towards goal, but it is hammered straight at Dawson, who gladly gathers the free-kick after his error.
7 min: Cameron Dawson handles the ball outside the box – and earns a yellow card for his misdemeanour! Dawson rushes out of goal to collect a high ball by Stiepermann and is penalised for deliberate handball. Just as well it is only a yellow for Wednesday, who have no goalkeeper on the bench at Carrow Road following an injury to Keiren Westwood in the warm-up. Dawson was promoted to the starting lineup at the last minute, and looked decidedly rusty there. Stiepermann shapes to shoot ...
6 min: Pukki jinks inside George Boyd and blasts over! Marvellous foot-work from the Finn, after Norwich countered at speed. Some pinball in the Norwich box gave Wednesday some promise, with Matias again lurking but the hosts did well to turn over possession and pour forward, following a daisy-cutter by Steven Fletcher.
4 min: Marco Matias shuffles into the box, but Leitner makes a timely interception. Moments earlier Trybull clattered Forestieri but Sheffield Wednesday failed to do anything with the initial free-kick. But they recycled possession and Matias weaved his way into the box unchallenged. As promising as Norwich’s start was, Sheffield Wednesday have not turned up to merely roll over. They, too, have shown some early intent.
2 min: Moritz Leitner, making his first start since December, wins the ball back in the engine room to kickstart another move. Norwich have missed Buendia – but Leitner’s return is a big plus.
1 min: Pukki wins the ball on halfway and immediately drives forward. But, unusually, was a little selfish and ran into trouble, with Stiepermann in space to his left. His backheel doesn’t come off and the move breaks down. There’s already a great party atmosphere inside the stadium.
Norwich get things started at Carrow Road.
A blow for Sheffield Wednesday on the brink of kick-off: Keiren Westwood has injured his knee and Cameron Dawson will replace him in goal. Westwood was absolutely phenomenal at Elland Road last weekend and has been superb since being recalled.
A sun-drenched Carrow Road is looking gorgeous. Kick-off will be on us in no time. A quick reminder that Mo Leitner is back in for Norwich, while Josh Onomah, the Tottenham loanee, makes his first Sheffield Wednesday appearance since February.
Teemu Pukki is closing on the Championship golden boot. The Finnish striker, a free transfer last summer, has netted 27 goals and counting this campaign. “It has been an unbelievable year,” Pukki said earlier this month, after picking up the EFL player of the year award. “We have played some quality football and we have some brilliant young guys coming through. It’s a pleasure to play in this team because I know I will get chances in every game. To go up as champions is a lot more than just going up. When I came we didn’t talk much about targets but you could see the potential.”
Daniel Farke speaks. “All the other results do not matter, we are just fully concentrated on our game,” the Norwich head coach says. “Sheffield Wednesday are a very good team and we have a difficult task. Moritz Leitner was crucial for many, months and we got the opportunity to bring him back in tonight. We can play full of self-confidence but under Steve Bruce they have had just two losses so they hard to beat. Each and every point is important.” Bruce adds: “It is a long, long time since I played here  but it’s a great little club and I’m delighted they are where they are.”
Some pre-match reading to digest:
This Norwich team has been a breath of fresh air, a spine comprising of invaluable experience – Tim Krul, Marco Stiepermann, Mo Leitner, Teemu Pukki and co – and, beyond that, they possess a youthful exuberance. Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis (who were both picked up from Luton in their mid-teens) have been revelations at full-back, while the classy Ben Godfrey, who spent last season on loan at Shrewsbury, has excelled since coming into the defence in December. Then there’s Todd Cantwell.
Norwich City: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Lewis; Trybull, Leitner; McLean, Stiepermann, Hernandez; Pukki
Subs: Oxborough, Vrancic, Klose, Tettey, Hanley, Srbeny, Cantwell
Having done the hard part, the rest is simple for Norwich City. Well, relatively: if they can turn over Sheffield Wednesday and beat Stoke City on Monday then they will seal not only promotion but also the Championship title. Win tonight and Daniel Farke’s side will move seven points clear of second-placed Sheffield United with only a remaining nine up for grabs. In short, Norwich are very nearly there, almost over the line. Victories at this stage of the season are not a given however: just ask Marcelo Bielsa. Steve Bruce was all but resigned to Wednesday’s season being over after defeat to Leeds last weekend and, if they are beaten at Carrow Road, then the play-offs will almost certainly be beyond them, even if not mathematically. In terms of team news, Emil Buendia serves the final game of a three-match suspension, while Jordan Rhodes is ineligible to face his parent club. Adam Reach is touch-and-go for Wednesday after picking up an achilles injury.Continue reading...
Kick-off: 7.45pm (BST)
- Fri, 19 Apr 2019 20:58:34 +0000: Norwich five points clear after last-gasp free-kick denies Sheffield Wednesday - Norwich City | The Guardian
This draw was greeted rapturously by the home fans at Carrow Road, but not by Norwich’s manager, Daniel Farke. The German said he was too angry to celebrate when Mario Vrancic struck a spectacular equaliser for his team in the seventh minute of stoppage time.
The point takes Norwich to within touching distance of a return to the Premier League – they will seal promotion on Monday if they win at Stoke and one of their closest pursuers, Sheffield United and Leeds United, slip up – but Farke is concerned that bad refereeing could cause more twists in the Championship run-in.Continue reading...
- Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:02:33 +0000: Daniel Farke in the saddle as Norwich gallop to the finishing line | Stuart James - Norwich City | The Guardian
Despite a limited budget, Norwich top an unpredictable Championship and are heading for promotion
The standout line in a story about Daniel Farke, the Norwich City manager, on the Pink ’Un website this week was found in the penultimate paragraph. “A Banham Zoo spokesman said she did not know Farke had visited and could not confirm whether the head coach had taken part in its heavy horse experience.”
Farke and horses have taken on a life of their own in Norfolk ever since Norwich fans picked up on the fact that the German once rode into the stadium at SV Lippstadt 08, the club where he started his managerial career, in the saddle. There is a Norwich chant about Farke being on a horse and the 42-year-old was recently asked in a press conference whether he would consider celebrating promotion by trotting into Carrow Road. Farke did not rule it out and, for the record, it is also true that he visited Banham Zoo this week.Continue reading...
- Sun, 14 Apr 2019 13:22:13 +0000: Teemu Pukki’s late strike salvages draw for leaders Norwich at Wigan - Norwich City | The Guardian
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.Continue reading...
- Sun, 14 Apr 2019 13:02:01 +0000: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Norwich City: Championship – as it happened - Norwich City | The Guardian
Teemu Pukki’s masterful late finish earned the leaders Norwich a point in an excellent game after the precocious Reece James had given struggling Wigan a shock lead
The goalscorers speak after the game
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.
46 min Peep peep! Wigan begin the second half.
If you’re into the whole Premier League thing...
“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.
Some half-time reading
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.
Wigan (4-2-3-1) Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Fox, Robinson; Morsy, James; Massey, L Evans, Naismith; Clarke.
Substitutes: O Evans, Olsson, Kipre, Gibson, Windasss, Powell, Garner.
Norwich (4-2-3-1) Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Lewis; Trybull, McLean; Cantwell, Stiepermann, Hernandez; Pukki.
Substitutes: McGovern, Klose, Hanley, Vrancic, Leitner, Srbeny, Rhodes.
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.Continue reading...
Historical Transfer News and Team Gossip has been archived below:
- Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:56:57 +0000: Lafferty joins Hearts on two-year deal - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Norwich City | BBC
Northern Ireland forward Kyle Lafferty joins Hearts on a two-year deal, subject to a medical.
- Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:06:31 +0000: Shrewsbury Town sign Jules and Adams - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Norwich City | BBC
Shrewsbury Town sign Reading defender Zak Jules for an undisclosed fee and Ebou Adams on loan from Norwich.
- Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:34 +0000: Championship fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Norwich City | BBC
Find out your team's fixtures in the Championship during the 2017-18 season.
- Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:27:17 +0000: Preston re-sign Norwich keeper Rudd - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Norwich City | BBC
Preston North End re-sign goalkeeper Declan Rudd from Championship rivals Norwich City on a three-year deal.
- Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:19:02 +0000: Sunderland to play Bury in EFL Cup - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Norwich City | BBC
Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.
Norwich City have just had a bid to bring Leeds United player Robert Snodgrass to Carrow Road as Neil Warnock last night dashed all hopes of the Canaries signing the talented winger. Manager Chris Hughton is said to be extremely disappointed with the decision as he has been a firm fan of the player for some time but still hold hope that a deal can be struck between the two sides before the start of the season.
Norwich striker Chris Martin and his agent have both stated today that the striker would prefer to stay with the canaries amid rumours the player is surplus to requirements at Carrow Road. The twenty three year old found holding down a regular spot extremely difficult last year and then was loaned out to Crystal palace shortly afterwards but the player has now committed to the club and states he is willing to work for his place which will be great news for Norwich City fans.
Birmingham City defender Curtis Davies is another target for Hughton this summer as he has long been admirer of the young defender after he has made it clear he would like to move on from the Blues. The player is still under contract to Birmingham until 2014 after he arrived at the club from Aston Villa in early 2011 and it is thought the Blues will be holding out for a large transfer fee for the player as they have no intention of losing one of their best defenders for less than his market value.