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Norwich City vs Wigan Athletic. Sky Bet Championship.

Carrow RoadAttendance25,595.

Norwich City 1

  • M Aarons (61st minute)

Wigan Athletic 1

  • J McClean (29th minute)

Norwich City 1-1 Wigan: Max Aarons equaliser sees Dean Smith's side survive Latics scare

Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Norwich City and Wigan at Carrow Road as Max Aarons scored a second-half equaliser to cancel out James McClean's opening goal and secure the Canaries' first point of the season

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Wigan Athletic.

Norwich picked up their first point of the Championship season after coming from a goal down to hold Wigan to a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

The Canaries were, by far and away, the more dominant team in the first half in Norfolk and racked up 11 shots - none of which amounted to anything - before falling behind when James McClean finished calmly against the run of play after Ben Gibson's lapse in concentration at the back (29).

Image: Max Aarons scored the all-important equaliser for Norwich

For some time, it looked as though it may have been a perfect example of a successful smash-and-grab for Wigan as their opponents received no luck in front of goal, but Max Aarons finished off a flowing move to seal a draw (62), before Teemu Pukki rattled the crossbar in a fruitless attempt to seal victory.

How Norwich were frustrated for a second week in succession

Norwich boss Dean Smith bemoaned his side's lack of quality in the opening loss to Cardiff - during which the Canaries registered just one shot on target - and, this time, they flew out of the blocks in an attempt to right their previous wrongs.

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James McClean pounces at Carrow Road to put Wigan ahead in their Championship clash with Norwich

Dimitris Giannoulis had the first sight of goal, with Teemu Pukki, Aarons and new signing Marcelino Nunez all dragging shots across the face of goal, while five first-half corners produced no end product.

It is not uncommon for teams to be punished for such profligacy - and that was exactly what happened. A sloppy pass from Gibson presented Will Keane with the chance to square for an unmarked McClean to stay cool and find the bottom right corner.

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Max Aarons equalises for Norwich in their Championship clash with Wigan

That goal turned the tide, with the more confident Latics stepping onto their hosts, who received a perhaps unfair smattering of boos as the returned to the dressing room at the end of the first 45 minutes.

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Norwich took control once more following the restart, though, and forced the equalising goal they deserved when Aarons finished off a flowing move orchestrated by Pukki and Milot Rashica.

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Teemu Pukki was inches away from putting Norwich ahead against Wigan

As the crowd got behind the Canaries, they ever so nearly carved out the winner when Pukki turned and fired onto the crossbar, but replays showed Wigan goalkeeper Ben Amos got the slightest of touches on the ball to tip it onto the woodwork and earn a second point in as many games.

Man of the match - James McClean

What the managers said...

Norwich's Dean Smith: "The referee was looking straight down the barrel of that one and the fact that he doesn't see it worries me. To me it was a scandalous decision - the fact that Max has got a nasty gash on his shin tells you everything you need to know. It was a horrendous challenge.

"I'll tell you something, you wouldn't even have got away with something like that in my playing days when referees were a lot more lenient. You couldn't go over the top like that. It should have been a red card and a penalty."

Wigan's Leam Richardson: "The lads deserve all the credit after a really strong performance. Everyone who came on the pitch today put in a really good shift and I would argue that it was a fair result in the end. For the first 15 minutes or so it was tough but once we got used to their shape and our distances I thought we grew into the game and I am disappointed we didn't go in front before we got our goal.

"After that we had to work really hard as you expect coming to a place like this. They are top side, top four no doubt about it, and have some really good players but we stuck to our task. We have come a long way since being in administration and only having three players and we know it will be a big challenge this season. But it's a challenge we are all up for."

What's next?

Both teams are next in action at 7.45pm on Tuesday August 9 as the first round of the Carabao Cup takes place. Norwich host Birmingham at Carrow Road, while Wigan travel to Highbury to face Fleetwood.

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