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Second-half report

22 December 2012

Simpson sees red as Latics lose

Latics endured another miserable afternoon following a 4-1 npower League One defeat at Yeovil Town.

And to add to Latics' woes, Latics also had Robbie Simpson (pictured) sent off and the striker will miss the whole of the festive programme through a three-match ban.

The afternoon had begun so well for Latics after Jose Baxter gave them a third-minute lead.

It was all downhill from then on as Yeovil hit back with two goals from Gavin Williams and one apiece from James Hayter and Paddy Madden to seal an emphatic margin of victory.

Latics, 2-1 down at the break, made a substitution at the break as Youssouf M'Changama replaced Cristian Montano to strengthen the midfield.

After an electrifying finish to the first half, the start to the second was decidedly flat as neither side was able to impose its authority on to the game.

Latics enjoyed a decent spell of possession and Matt Smith had a chance but his shot was deflected over the crossbar by Richard Hinds.

Ed Upson saw a drive just wide of the upright as Yeovil came close to scoring a third goal.

Latics made their second switch midway through the half when James Wesolowski was replaced by Simpson.

Simpson almost equalised when he knocked the ball past Marek Stech and then collided with the keeper.

The loose ball was trickling towards the empty net when it came cleared off the line.

Baxter had a goalbound shot deflected for a corner and Matt Smith's shot on the turn flew just wide as Latics enjoyed a sustained period of pressure and dominance.

Then Yeovil produced a classic counter attack to score their third goal in the 77th minute.

Upson's brilliant through ball sent Hayter clear down the middle and he scored with a clinical finish low past Bouzanis.

Latics' woes deepened nine minutes from time when Simpson was sent off after following through on keeper Stech after chasing a long through ball.

Yeovil's fourth goal in the 88th minute followed a comedy of errors in Latics' defence.

It began with Cliff Byrne's weak back which Bouzanis completely missed leaving Madden with a free goal to aim for from 25 yards.

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