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Second-half report

25 August 2012

Latics lose to Stevenage

Latics' disappointing start to the season continued following their home defeat against Stevenage in npower League One.

A first-half penalty from Lucas Akins proved decisive as Latics have now failed to win in their first three league matches which have yielded only one point.

Latics, 1-0 down at the break and in need of a goal, brought on striker Matt Smith (pictured) at the restart for midfield man Carl Winchester as they switched from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2.

Stevenage came close to increasing doubling their advantage soon after the restart when left-back Darius Charles shot narrowly wide from a Filipe Morais free kick which was not cleared by Latics' defence.

There was another let off when Lucas Akins shot narrowly wide at the near post from Luke Freeman's left-wing cross.

Latics made their second change 10 minutes into the half when Connor Brown replaced James Tarkowski as Cliff Byrne switched to the centre of defence.

Cristian Montano shot narrowly over for Latics while Luke Freeman almost doubled Stevenage's lead with a 25-yard drive which brought a fine save from keeper Alex Cisak.

Manager Paul Dickov made his third and final change in the 63rd minute when Montona was withdrawn and Connor Hughes took his place.

Latics came close to an equaliser in the 81st minute when Dean Furman's long-range drive was deflected just wide for a corner.

Full-time: Latics 0, Stevenage 1

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