WIGAN Athletic’s miserable season continued with a dismal 1-0 home defeat at the hands of out-of-form Norwich City.
The Canaries had arrived at the DW with little confidence and boss Neil Adams under huge pressure after a run of only one win in the last 10 matches.
But the visitors were handed an early Christmas present courtesy of a Latics side who have now won only once in 15.
Jonny Howson’s fifth-minute goal was the difference between the sides at the DW, the ex-Leeds man smashing past Scott Carson after a slip by ASndrew Taylor.
The visitors could have gone 2-0 up within seconds, Cameron Jerome squandering a great chance from a similar position after getting the better of Maynor Figueroa.
Latics gradually came into the game as half-time approached, Marc-Antoine Fortune forcing a save from John Ruddy and Callum McManaman curling a shot just past the post.
The loss of Shaun Maloney - still feeling the effects of a recent bug - within two minutes of the restart didn’t help Wigan’s cause.
But they missed a gilt-edged chance to equalise when James Perch headed James McClean’s free-kick straight at Ruddy from close range.
As time ticked by Norwich continued to look dangerous on the break, Carson having to be alert to prevent substitute Kyle Lafferty from doubling the advantage.
And not even the late introductions of Roger Espinoza and Andy Delort off the bench could swing the game back in Wigan’s favour.
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