ADAMS BACKS OLD PAL MALKY

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Eric John­son

WI­GAN may be sail­ing in choppy wa­ters but after his Nor­wich out­fit piled more mis­ery on the Lat­ics, Neil Adams in­sisted his old Ca­naries team-mate Malky Mackay is the right man to guide them ashore.

With the back­drop of owner Dave Whe­lan’s on­go­ing trou­bles cast­ing a shadow over the DW Sta­dium, man­ager Mackay is sim­ply con­cerned with find­ing a first win since tak­ing charge of the club.

Whe­lan’s lat­est gaffe in an in­ter­view with the Jewish Tele­graph – where he re­ferred to Chi­nese peo­ple as ‘chin­gal­ings’ – added fur­ther fuel to the fire and his on­go­ing FA in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

How­ever, cour­tesy of Jonny How­son’s fifth-minute strike, the wait goes on for Mackay as Nor­wich hauled them­selves out of a mini-slump of their own.

The win moves Nor­wich all the way up to eighth – just two points from the play-offs – and while Adams had kind words for his old mate Mackay, the boss was more con­cerned with re-in­vig­o­rat­ing his side’s pro­mo­tion chase.

“Malky is a great lad, a great character and I get on re­ally well with him,” he said.“He is the right man to turn Wi­gan’s for­tunes around and I re­ally wish him well.

“We do all feel un­der pres­sure. At a club like Nor­wich City, you are ex­pected to per­form and when re­sults don’t go your way, the pres­sure does in­ten­sify.

“It’s one win and that’s it, we have to move on. Rel­e­gated teams are ex­pected to have a good crack at get­ting back to the Premier League.

“Nine out of ten games we are look­ing good, we just need to get back to putting points on the ta­ble.

“We are go­ing to turn it around, there has been plenty of pos­i­tives. If we get any clean sheet, we feel we can win the game, be­cause we feel we can score goals.

“Clean sheets are key in any game. Rus­sell Martin has been out­stand­ing all sea­son and in the last three or four games he has been con­sis­tent. The play­ers de­serve all the credit.

“We’ve all come in for a lot of flack in re­cent weeks but it was a strong, solid, pro­fes­sional per­for­mance.”

Nor­wich took the lead after just five min­utes when Gary Hooper laid the ball off per­fectly for How­son, whose right-footed shot found the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner.

They could have soon dou­bled the ad­van­tage, but Cameron Jerome shot straight into Scott Car­son’s body, be­fore the Lat­ics be­gan to grow into the game.

Marc-An­toine For­tune had their best chance of the half but John Ruddy dealt com­fort­ably with his ef­fort – and after Callum McMana­man fired just wide from 25 yards Adams’ side went into the break ahead.

James Perch was first to come close to an equaliser after the break but he couldn’t get enough on a header to turn home James McClean’s free-kick.

And once Ruddy – largely untested in the sec­ond-half – safely claimed a late For­tune cross, Nor­wich were home and dry for just a sec­ond win in 11 games.

“We’ve def­i­nitely got a chal­lenge,” said Mackay, whose Wi­gan side re­main sec­ond from bot­tom in the ta­ble.

“For two and a half out of the three games in charge, I have been de­lighted by the amount of pos­ses­sion we’ve had and the way we have dom­i­nated.

“We need to make sure we can change that into wins go­ing for­ward.

“I’ve got a team which, in the first half, weren’t up to stan­dard but the sec­ond half cer­tainly gave me character and that’s what I was look­ing for as a re­sponse at half­time.

“At half-time we changed a cou­ple of things, but what I did see was a team that pulled their sleeves up and worked hard.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

HOW’S THAT: Nor­wich mid­fielder Jonny How­son scores what turns out to be the win­ner

POINT THE WAY: Jonny How­son cel­e­brates his goal

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