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Wigan Athletic 1-1 Norwich City: Teemu Pukki rescues point for Canaries

Teemu Pukki scores
Teemu Pukki's 27th Championship goal of the season earned Norwich a point

Teemu Pukki scored a late equaliser as Championship leaders Norwich City took another step towards promotion by coming from behind to draw at Wigan Athletic.

The Canaries had trailed when Reece James calmly scored from the penalty spot just prior to half-time after Ben Godfrey had controversially been adjudged to have handled Sam Morsy's shot.

But Pukki rescued a draw for the Canaries when he latched on to Kenny McLean's pass and calmly slid the ball past Wigan keeper Christian Walton.

Wigan thought they had snatched a winner deep into stoppage time but on-loan Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke's header was ruled out for offside.

The draw leaves the Canaries seven points clear of third-placed Sheffield United and needing a maximum of six more points from their final four games to secure promotion back to the Premier League.

Wigan, who have now won only once in their past 12 games, remain fourth from bottom, two points clear of the relegation zone.

A point was the least Paul Cook's Latics deserved after a spirited display which tested Norwich's resilience.

Backed by more than 5,000 travelling fans, the Canaries created the game's first opening when Pukki was denied by Danny Fox's goal-saving block, while the Finland striker also failed to connect with Marco Stiepermann's cross from close range.

But Norwich keeper Tim Krul had to save well from Lee Evans' header before he was beaten by James' penalty.

That decision was tough on defender Godfrey, with replays suggesting that Morsy's shot ricocheted off his thigh and on to his arm from only a couple of yards away.

Wigan went close to a second when James fired just over from 25 yards and Krul tipped Clarke's clipped effort around the post.

But, after Norwich boss Daniel Farke made a triple substitution to try to save the game, Pukki slotted home the equaliser before Stiepermann fired straight at Walton late on.

Wigan penalty
Ben Godfrey conceded a penalty for handling Sam Morsy's shot which first came off his thigh

Wigan boss Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I thought we did enough to win. The penalty was a big decision that went in our favour but there is a general feeling that the last goal (Leon Clarke's disallowed effort) looks onside.

"We've gone up against a very good side, we've taken the game to them, we've pressed them and I thought we were unlucky not to see the game out.

"To be eight games unbeaten at home in this league, there are some good things about what we do. Unfortunately, our away form is the Achilles heel and that must change at Leeds."

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"It's a good point. If someone had told me before that game that we would be facing a strong home side and still be seven points clear of third, we would have definitely taken it.

"Wigan at home are a real threat and I was pleased with the late equaliser and that we went close to winning the game."

On the penalty: "It was a strike from about two yards away. He [Ben Godfrey] tried to block the shot and it hit his leg and went on to his hand. There are some crucial decisions going against us and it's remarkable we've come away without losing a game."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 2Byrne
  • 22Dunkley
  • 6FoxSubstituted forOlssonat 89'minutes
  • 3Robinson
  • 12JamesBooked at 82mins
  • 5Morsy
  • 11MasseyBooked at 32minsSubstituted forWindassat 72'minutes
  • 36Evans
  • 20NaismithSubstituted forPowellat 72'minutes
  • 28Clarke

Substitutes

  • 4Gibson
  • 10Windass
  • 21Kipre
  • 25Powell
  • 30Olsson
  • 40Evans
  • 41Garner

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 37Aarons
  • 6ZimmermannBooked at 68mins
  • 4Godfrey
  • 12LewisSubstituted forLeitnerat 76'minutes
  • 19TrybullBooked at 44minsSubstituted forVrancicat 76'minutes
  • 23McLean
  • 36CantwellSubstituted forRhodesat 76'minutes
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 25Hernández
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 8Vrancic
  • 10Leitner
  • 11Rhodes
  • 15Klose
  • 31Hanley
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
15,655

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home19
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Norwich City 1.

Full Time

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

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

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Reece James tries a through ball, but Leon Clarke is caught offside.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.

Attempt blocked. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moritz Leitner.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Reece James tries a through ball, but Leon Clarke is caught offside.

Hand ball by Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ben Godfrey.

Attempt blocked. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Moritz Leitner with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Antonee Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jonas Olsson replaces Daniel Fox because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Daniel Fox (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Fox (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Leon Clarke.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Attempt blocked. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Godfrey with a headed pass.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Sam Morsy.

Booking

Reece James (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Norwich City 1. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kenny McLean.

Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Maximillian Aarons.

Attempt missed. Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Evans.

Moritz Leitner (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Rhodes replaces Todd Cantwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Moritz Leitner replaces Jamal Lewis.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Mario Vrancic replaces Tom Trybull.

Attempt missed. Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Reece James.

Attempt missed. Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Reece James with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Onel Hernández (Norwich City).

Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell replaces Kal Naismith.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Josh Windass replaces Gavin Massey.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 14th April 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich422511685513486
2Leeds422571069422782
3Sheff Utd422310969393079
4West Brom4221101181562573
5Aston Villa421815977581969
6Bristol City411811125546965
7Middlesbrough421713124436864
8Derby411712125950963
9Hull42179166159260
10Sheff Wed421514135255-359
11Nottm Forest421415135652457
12Preston421512156059157
13Swansea41168175554156
14Brentford421412166658854
15Blackburn421411175764-753
16Stoke421119124147-652
17QPR42139205065-1548
18Birmingham421316135854446
19Reading421014184763-1644
20Millwall411012194659-1342
21Wigan421012204562-1742
22Rotherham42816184672-2640
23Bolton4288262972-4332
24Ipswich42416223368-3528
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