Norwich City new boy Mitchell Dijks salvaged a Championship point for the Canaries after Wigan Athletic stormed back in the second half at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night.
Nelson Oliveira’s eighth goal in his last 10 games put Alex Neil’s men in front at the break but Latics’ January signing Omar Bogle, making his full debut, struck twice in six minutes before on-loan Ajax defender Mitchell Dijks, signed just before the closing of last week’s transfer window, crashed home a close range header to earn the visitors a draw.
2-2! Dijks with his first goal for #ncfc game on! #wafc pic.twitter.com/SpaX66Pqbo
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Fellow Dutchman Yanic Wildschut received a predictably hostile reaction from the sparse home crowd when he was announced prior to kick-off following his deadline night move to Norwich from the Latics.
In the 68th minute, Wildschut was penalised on the edge of his own penalty area with painful consequences for the Wigan old boy when Omar Bogle’s free kick beat the four-man wall and City keeper John Ruddy.
Neil had seen enough and replaced the midfielder for Josh Murphy to huge boos from the home faithful. Oliveira appeared to be hauled back by Dan Burn but referee Bankes played on.
Justice was served when the unmarked Dijks scored his first goal for the Canaries when he rose imperiously to head home Pritchard’s corner inside the six yard box to ensure they returned home with a deserved share of the points.