NORWICH City missed the chance to move into the top two of the Sky Bet Championship after a frustrating 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic.
Kim Bo-Kyung's volley after just eight minutes gave the Latics an advantage that they defended successfully for a hard-fought three points.
The Canaries dominated possession and territory, but a shortage of invention and a stubborn Wigan rearguard combined to bring to an end their six-match winning streak.
At the final whistle, they sat in fifth place in the table, three points off second placed Derby with a trip to Millwall to come on Saturday.
Cameron Jerome returned to the team along with Gary Hooper, with no place in the 18 for Lewis Grabban. Graham Dorrans came in for Alex Tettey (suspended) in Alex Neil's other change.
Wes Hoolahan dropped to the bench alongside Carlton Morris, who was named among the substitutes for the first time in the league at senior level for the Canaries.
City took a while to get into the match and went in at half-time one-nil down to their struggling opponents.
The goal came after just eight minutes - Kim was first to latch onto McClean's header in the box, and he unleashed a superb volley that John Ruddy couldn't keep out.
The home team responded quickly as Martin Olsson tested Scott Carson with a low shot before Bradley Johnson curled a free-kick wide of Carson's far post.
Neil's men were steadily building momentum but ultimately their endeavours in the final third weren't yielding the clearcut opportunities needed to level proceedings.
Wigan's timewasting was frustrating the supporters and City's players too, yet only Jermaine Pennant was punished with a booking after standing over a free-kick for longer than was necessary.
Just before the half-time whistle, Sebastien Bassong delivered a pinpoint cross to Jerome, but the striker seemed a second behind the play as he misdirected his header well wide.
HALF-TIME: Norwich City 0-1 Wigan Athletic
Hooper was withdrawn for the second half and was replaced by Hoolahan, with Johnson moving out on to the left flank.
City's dominance was now constant but Wigan's defended with a solidity to be expected from a Malky Mackay team.
Bassong fired over off balance from Redmond cross with half an hour left on the clock, and seven minutes later Johnson went close.
Dorrans' free-kick deflected to the midfielder at the back-post, but he nudged his close-range effort wide, and still the Canaries were facing a deficit.
Johnson whipped a free-kick over Carson's bar, but they continued to be frustrated so Neil introduced Morris for Redmond for his full Norwich debut.
Wigan's shape shrunk smaller and smaller as the closing moment of the match approached, but City continued to knock on the door, playing all the football.
Neil introduced Tony Andreu as his last throw of the dice, but it wasn't to come for his team as their six-game winning run came to an end in front of 26,208 at Carrow Road.
FULL-TIME: Norwich City 0-1 Wigan AthleticGOALS
: Kim Bo-Kyung (8)
: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin (c), Bassong, Olsson; Redmond (Morris 77), Howson, Johnson, Dorrans (Andreu 87); Hooper (Hoolahan 45), Jerome. Subs not used
: Rudd (GK), Cuellar, Garrido, Josh Murphy.
: Carson, Maguire, McClean, Pennant (Cowie 65), Kim, Boyce, Bong, Clarke (McCann 84), Perch (c), Pearce, Fortune (Waghorn 87). Subs not used
: Al-Habsi (GK), Taylor, McKay, Ojo.
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