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First-half report

15 December 2012

Latics victims of Italian job

Latics found themselves the victims of an Italian job in the opening half of their npower League One match against Swindon Town at Boundary Park.

Italian Raffaele De Vita scored twice in three first-half minutes to leave the Robins chirping.

De Vita, who had not scored in his previous six matches, took his season's tally to six goals as Latics were distinctly second best in the opening periid.

Swindon made the livelier start creating two good goalscoring chances in the opening quarter of an hour.

Andy Williams cut in from the left and his fierce shot was parried by keeper Alex Cisak.

De Vita then opened the Latics' defence with a low cross from the left to the far post where Matt Ritchie incredibly shot over from two yards.

Cliff Byrne's return to the starting line up was shortlived as he limped off in the 16th minute to be replaced by Connor Brown (pictured) as Reece Wabara switched to the centre of defence.

Simon Ferry then took a short free kick to Ritchie whose drive was deflected just over the bar by Jonathan Grounds,

It was no surprise when Swindon took the lead in the 27th minute.

Latics failed to clear Ritchie's teasing cross from the right and De Vita threaded a shot low past Cisak.

And it got worse for Latics on the half hour when Swindon doubled their advantage.

De Vita met a low right-wing cross from Nathan Thompson and his shot took a massive deflection which wrong footed Cisak as it trickled over the line in slow motion.

Latics could have conceded a third goal but for Brown deflecting a Chris Martin shot into the side netting.

Then from the resulting corner, Joe Devera's free header from six yards cleared the crossbar.

Half-time: Latics 0, Swindon Town 2.

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