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PREMIER LEAGUE: Wigan score late goal to deny Norwich

Wigan Athletic have kept their survival hopes alive by producing a 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road this afternoon.

Paul Lambert's Canaries scored first to put themselves into the top eight but Roberto Martinez's men managed a late leveler to stay in touch with the sides above them as they strive to stay in the top flight.

Norwich have been solid at home this season and managed to open the scoring in just the 10th minute when Wesley Hoolahan produced a classy finish from Simeon Jackson's cross from the left to encroach Ali Al Habsi's goal.

Wigan were pressing hard for a leveler and fortunately for the travelling Latics fans they did score when Shaun Maloney played a deft ball into the path of Victor Moses who took a neat first touch to round Norwich keeper John Ruddy and slot home into an empty goal much to the delight of the Wigan bench.

Ruddy was at his best to deny James McCarthy early in the second half before Latics defender Antolin Alcaraz was huge in denying Jackson and then producing a follow-up clearance to keep Norwich at bay.

The 65th minute saw Ruddy produce reflex save to deny Maloney but it was Wigan keeper al Habsi who was the hero of the day, after he was left scrambling by Elliott Ward's 84th minute header, before the Omani international came up with the moment of the match in the 88th minute when he delivered a world class diving save to thwart Steve Morison's brilliant header as Wigan stayed in the hunt for Premier League survival.

TRIBAL ASKS: Can Martinez keep Wigan aloft again or will the Latics be playing Championship next term?

Norwich City: 1 (Wesley Hoolahan 10') Wigan Athletic: 1 (Victor Moses 68')

Carrow Road, Norwich - 26,653

Yellow card:NOR - Grant Holt 43', Wesley Hoolahan 56', Zak Whitbread 61', Adam Drury 72' WIG - James McCarthy 79', Antolin Alcaraz 80', Victor Moses 90+3', James McArthur 90+5'

Andrew Slevison
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