Norwich City travel to Wigan tonight in what looks like a little bit of good form (I know).
It’s been so long since we could say that, that I’ve almost forgotten what it feels like. I have to say though, I am very cautious about this. Lots of people seem to think we’ve turned the corner, I prefer to describe it as mid-corner. If three league wins on the trot can be turned into five this week, then I’d say we’ve come out the other side of the corner.
The biggest thing about tonight is likely to be Yanic Wildschut and a quick return to his old stomping ground. This time last week, he was handing in a transfer request and getting ready to pack and now he’s facing his old team mates – funny how football has a habit of throwing this sort of thing up.
It’s fair to say that a large proportion of the Wigan faithful didn’t take his departure too well. I’ve seen him generally referred to a ‘snake’ on social media and even saw one Wigan ‘fan’ who’d changed his Twitter handle to something very offensive and tweet that he would be selling rubber snakes outside the ground, to throw at Yanic if he comes close enough. They’re only £1 apparently.
Omar Bogle and James Weir made their debuts off the bench in Friday’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday with Matt Gilks an unused substitute, but their five fellow transfer deadline day arrivals – Mikael Mandron, Gabriel Obertan, Jack Byrne, Josh Laurent and Alex Bruce – were not included in the matchday squad.
Manager Warren Joyce says that some of the new boys need to get up to speed with the rest of the squad, so we wait to see if any will be included in tonight’s squad.
Alex Gilbey and Reece James are fit again but Nick Powell and Donervon Daniels are still sidelined.
Alex Tettey starts the first of his two match ban after picking up his tenth booking of the season at Cardiff. Steven Naismith (hamstring) is still not available but Mitchell Dijks and Yanic Wildschut look likely to start again.
Louis Thompson and Graham Dorrans are still out but Youssouf Mulumbu is back in the squad, along with Matt Jarvis.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Rather surprisingly and with very little warning, the club announced a Carrow Road beam back of this game, last week. You can watch the game in the Norfolk Lounge for just £5 and you also get a pie and a drink for that, as well.
If you can’t afford to take the day off work and maybe the next one too (it is a very long way) this is a great solution and one that I’ve taken advantage of.
I’m expecting a pretty feisty atmosphere, assuming Yanic Wildschut plays. The furore around his move to Norwich means that there will be plenty of stick handed out to the new boy. That can work both ways though and there’s nothing worse than giving an opposition player a hard time only to see him score.
Fingers crossed eh?!
Alex Neil hinted that Wes Hoolahan might be rested for this game in his Colney presser on Monday and I think you can safely assume that Youssouf Mulumbu will replace Alex Tettey. If Wes is rested, then who plays as number ten? Alex Pritchard you’d assume with Hoolahan on the bench.
Cameron Jerome is likely to continue up front, having scored again on Saturday.
Wigan will be right up for this and will be driven on by a noisy crowd, assuming there aren’t too many ’empty seats.’
Norwich might have to do what they’ve suddenly re-discovered how to do, win ugly, just like they did at Cardiff. They have to make sure they keep things tight and then be ready to take chances when they present themselves.
Wigan have threats of their own and Will Grieg is apparently on fire.
Anyway, we all know what City have to do here and if you are making the 250 odd mile journey then look after yourselves and watch out for those flying rubber snakes.