Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook took the positives as his relegation-threatened side have been held to a 1-1 residence draw by league leaders Norwich City in the Championship at the DW Stadium on Sunday.
Teemu Pukki’s 27th league purpose of the season earned the Canaries a late leveller immediately after suitable-back Reece James’ initial-half penalty had provided Cook’s hosts the benefit heading into the break.
The outcome keeps Norwich, who are unbeaten in 10 games, seven-points clear of third-placed Sheffield United to edge closer to a Premier League return, when Wigan stay 21st in the second-tier, two-points above the drop zone.
Cook was pleased with his players’ endeavour against the table-toppers from Carrow Road.
Cook stated: “In the game, we have gone against a extremely great Norwich side who are exceptional at what they do. We’ve took the game to them, we’ve pressed them at the major finish of the pitch, I believed we have been unlucky not to see the game out and win but we respect the opposition, that is for confident.
“While there’s a touch of disappointment about the club and when you are playing the teams that we do, we’re delighted with it.
“Today we picked a group that was developed to do one particular point and one particular job, which was to press teams higher up and have the power to maintain undertaking it and I believed the lads who I drafted in to do that, implemented it certainly excellently.”
Wigan began brightly, with forward Leon Clarke heading James’ cost-free-kick from the left narrowly more than the crossbar just before Lee Evans’ diving header from Antonee Robinson’s cross was held by going to goalkeeper Tim Krul.
The Latics have been awarded a penalty on 43 minutes immediately after referee James Linington adjudged Ben Godfrey to deal with Sam Morsy’s driven try.
Up-stepped James who struck his kick from 12-yards suitable-footed to uncover the bottom left-corner in spite of Krul guessing the appropriate way.
Daniel Farke’s males equalised immediately after 81 minutes played when Kenny McClean threaded via Pukki with the forward charging into the box to slot suitable-footed below Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton.
Wigan had a purpose disallowed for offside in added time when Clarke headed in James’ cost-free-kick as each teams had to settle for a point.
Norwich boss Farke was happy with the show that the Norfolk club showed on their travels in Higher Manchester.
He stated: “Football is not normally fair and it is not like you can take it for granted that you normally get the fair reward immediately after the functionality but in common my feeling was, we have been quite close to winning this game but it was a hard game in particular when Wigan have been actually aggressive with wish and commitment and it was actually hard to equalise and I believe it is a great point.
“We’ll take the point, it is a great point devoid of a doubt for the reason that of the scenario in the table but we’re close to winning it, but I am delighted.
“It was a actually hard game to deal with but we proved once again we are mentally powerful.”
Wigan: Walton, Byrne, Dunkley, Fox, (Olsson 89) Robinson, James, Naismith (Powell 71) Morsy, © Evans, Massey (Windass 71), Clarke
Subs not utilised: Evans, Gibson, Kipre, Garner
Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Zimmerman, © Godfrey, Lewis (Leitner 76) Trybull (Vrancic 76) McClean, Cantwell (Rhodes 76) Stiepermann, Hernandez, Pukki
Subs not utilised: McGovern, Klose, Hanley, Srbeny
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