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Norwich City 1-0 Wigan Athletic: Canaries claim fifth straight win

Mario Vrancic of Norwich City
Mario Vrancic's late penalty means Norwich have won 13 Championship points from a possible 15 in September

Mario Vrancic scored a late penalty to defeat Wigan Athletic and extend Norwich City's winning run.

The sides looked to be heading for a stalemate at Carrow Road before the home side's Finnish forward Teemu Pukki was held back in the box with less than five minutes to play.

Bosnian midfielder Vrancic made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick and Paul Cook's Latics were unable to find a response.

The Canaries have now won five consecutive matches in all competitions - claiming 13 Championship points from a possible 15 in September.

Wigan had arrived in East Anglia buoyed by back-to-back league victories at the DW Stadium, but this result - in which the Latics failed to register a shot on target - was a third straight Championship defeat away from home.

Cook's side slip out of the top six and down to eighth, while Daniel Farke's Norwich climb to fifth.

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke said:

"I'm very happy. To have consistency in the results with so many games is really pleasing. It was a hard-fought win.

"We showed our will to win today. When you have this desire and commitment and togetherness you can reach extraordinary things.

"The league table doesn't mean anything to me at the moment. It's important to have had a good start, but it's important to go on with this. We have to win as many points as we can get."

Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook said:

"When the referee awarded the penalty I felt game was petering out into 0-0 draw, with two teams cancelling each other out.

"We got into some great positions in the final third and did a good job pressing them up the pitch but our end product wasn't great.

"I did think the incident in the first was a penalty if I am being honest but after that we always wondered if another opportunity came along the referee would give it, and that's what happened."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 37AaronsBooked at 26minsSubstituted forThompsonat 65'minutes
  • 15Klose
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 12Lewis
  • 10Leitner
  • 27Tettey
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forRhodesat 75'minutes
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 36CantwellSubstituted forVrancicat 64'minutes
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 4Godfrey
  • 8Vrancic
  • 11Rhodes
  • 19Trybull
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
  • 34Thompson

Wigan

  • 1WaltonBooked at 86mins
  • 12James
  • 22Dunkley
  • 21Kipre
  • 3Robinson
  • 36EvansSubstituted forConnollyat 76'minutes
  • 5MorsySubstituted forGriggat 88'minutes
  • 10WindassBooked at 45mins
  • 25Powell
  • 17Jacobs
  • 41GarnerSubstituted forGibsonat 68'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 2Byrne
  • 4Gibson
  • 9Grigg
  • 15McManaman
  • 20Naismith
  • 23Jones
  • 26Connolly
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
25,034

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City).

Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Moritz Leitner (Norwich City).

Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Windass with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Moritz Leitner.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. William Grigg replaces Sam Morsy.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 1, Wigan Athletic 0. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Booking

Darron Gibson (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Christian Walton (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Norwich City. Teemu Pukki draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.

Foul by Teemu Pukki (Norwich City).

Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Christian Walton.

Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marco Stiepermann.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum Connolly replaces Lee Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Rhodes replaces Emiliano Buendía.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Reece James.

Louis Thompson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Jamal Lewis (Norwich City).

Reece James (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Norwich City. Jamal Lewis tries a through ball, but Moritz Leitner is caught offside.

Moritz Leitner (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Darron Gibson replaces Joe Garner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Sam Morsy.

Attempt blocked. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Louis Thompson replaces Maximillian Aarons.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Mario Vrancic replaces Todd Cantwell.

Attempt missed. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom1062225141120
2Leeds105412081219
3Middlesbrough10541124819
4Sheff Utd106131813519
5Norwich105231413117
6Brentford104421812616
7Swansea10442106416
8Wigan105141412216
9Derby105141311216
10Bristol City104331512315
11Nottm Forest103611311215
12Sheff Wed104331515015
13Blackburn103611313015
14Bolton104331012-215
15Aston Villa103521615114
16Birmingham10172910-110
17Stoke102441418-410
18Rotherham10316816-810
19QPR10316718-1110
20Reading102351415-19
21Hull102261017-78
22Ipswich10064814-66
23Millwall10136916-76
24Preston101271121-105
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