Tics Takeaways – 5 Things We Learnt From Norwich (A)

Latics picked up a well deserved point after a spirited performance earnt a 1-1 draw against promotion hopefuls Norwich City.

  1. Hard work beats talent…

On paper we shouldn’t have had a prayer against a side filled with quality like Norwich’s. Their back up goalkeeper Angus Gunn cost more than our entire squad whilst several of their team have bags of international experience. But in yesterdays game, through sheer grit and desire, we stood toe to toe with them and were good value for the point in the end. It’s a trait that will win us a lot of points this season, we simply won’t give up.

2. CB issues. What CB issues?

When it was revealed that Jack Watmough would miss the game yesterday many Latics fans feared the worst. Jason Kerr and Curtis Tilt are both players more suited to a back 5 and had little experience playing a back 4 together so against an attack like Norwich’s things couldn’t be much more tricky. But the pair showed their class and made some unbelievable blocks, clearances and recoveries that kept the Canaries at bay and earnt us the point.

3. James McClean AHA!

He’s back in the Championship and he’s back stealing the headlines for all the right reasons. His performance yesterday was excellent from start to finish and he deservedly picked up the Sky Sports Man of the Match award. The work rate, the calmness in possession, the composure in front of goal and the clinical finish to put us in front are all qualities that make him one of our most important players. The chant is ace too!

4. Tom Naylor’s tackle was fair!

It hasn’t taken long for Latics to pick up where we left off in League 1 – boiling the blood of our opponents and their fans. Tom Naylor’s tackle on Max Aarons rightly went unpunished but it started a social media frenzy of misleading still images that showed the Norwich right back kicking Naylor’s studs. Todd Cantwell got involved on twitter as did Aarons whilst Dean Smith acted as though the Latics midfielder had committed GBH. Welcome to the Championship fellas, it’s not quite as soft as the Premier League here…

5. The most underrated supporters in the league!

700+ Latics fans were there at Carrow Road to back the lads in our longest away trip of the season. When you consider that it was a 12:30pm kick off, live on TV AND the other side of the country it was a hell of a turnout and should receive a lot of praise (it won’t, don’t get your hopes up). We’ll keep going under the radar with our support but Latics fans all know how impressive they’ve been since the beginning of last season.

Thanks a lot for reading! Feel free to check out more of my work here and be sure to come back every week for more Wigan Athletic and Championship content.

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