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Norwich City
vs.
Wigan Athletic

Carrow Road

11/03/12

4pm

On Sky

The big talking point last week for Latics fans was the team selection for the Swansea game, with much debate following an inept performance it will be interesting to see if Diame, Moses and Rodallega are all given starts, surely at least two of them will be.

Games are fast running out and big performances are needed if we are to pull off yet another great escape, stuck at the bottom of the Premier League, it will take a win by three clear goals to pull us out of the bottom three following yesterdays round of results.

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

'Norwich have been playing with real freedom this season and work extremely hard for one another.

'Tactically they're very flexible and can play in a number of different systems depending on the opposition and can score goals from virtually nothing.'

'As for us, we need to get back to the levels we showed in February which can help us get results against anyone and put behind us the disappointment of last weekend's defeat.'


Norwich boss Paul Lambert:

'I think the lads know themselves that if you step below your standards you'll end up getting beat, and I think that's one of the things we have learned - that you have to be bang on it every single game to win.

'On Sunday we know it will be no different. Roberto has done great at Wigan, but I know that we have to win.

'People will be maybe expecting us to win which is wrong.

'We have to try and get a foothold in the game and not think it's going to be easy.

'It's really tough and I'm under no illusions about what it's going to be like, but we're certainly playing well enough to go and win.

'I think the lads are thriving on the Premier League. With every passing game they've got better and got used to it.'

Norwich City Team News:

Marc Tierney, Daniel Ayala andJames Vaughan are all out

Norwich from - Ruddy, Ward, Whitbread, Martin, Naughton, Surman, Johnson, Fox, Howson, Wilbraham, Pilkington, Jackson, Bennett , Holt, Steer, Hoolahan, Morison

Player to watch: Anthony Pilkington

Former Huddersfield winger once linked to the Latics, taken the Premier League in his stride

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Dave Jones and Mike Pollitt are both out injured

Latics from - Al-Habsi, Caldwell, Boyce, Figueroa, Rodallega, Alcaraz, Beausejour, Gomez , McArthur, Moses, McCarthy, Di Santo, Sammon, Diame, Watson, Kirkland, Crusat, Stam

Player to watch: Momo Diame

After all the fuss last week Momo should start this time out, let's hope he doesn't disappoint


By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Any Previous?

Latics and Norwich have met six times

Latics 1 win, Norwich 3, draws 2.

Last six meetings

13 Aug 11 - Premier League - Latics 1 Norwich 1
09 Apr 04 - Division 1 - Norwich 2 Latics 0
4 Oct 03 - Division 1 - Wigan 1 Norwich 1
2 Sep 98 - League Cup - Wigan 2 Norwich 3
6 Sep 98 - League Cup - Norwich 1 Wigan 0
1 Jan 87 - FA Cup - Wigan 1 Norwich 0

Ref Watch:

Kevin Friend (Leicester)

Take a look at our 'Meet The Ref' article

Kevin Friend Card Watch 2011/12

Games - 28, yellows - 51, reds - 1

Match Prediction:

Head says 1-1 draw

Heart is screaming Latics win

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday March 10 2012
Time: 11:03PM

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Tough game, but we need some sort of result
worbo
10/03/2012 23:07:00
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