Smith lands starting spotSuper-sub Matt Smith was rewarded with a starting spot in Latics' team for this afternoon's home npower League One match against Shrewsbury Town.
Striker Smith (pictured), who had made 14 substitute appearances, was handed only his third start as he took over from suspended eight-goal top scorer Jose Baxter.
Jonathan Grounds returned after suspension for Cristian Montano and the word has it that left-back Grounds will be playing left midfield.
Smith and Grounds for suspended pair Baxter and Montano were the two changes from the team which won at Hartlepool United in midweek.
Shrewsbury handed a debut to right-back Cameron Gayle who is on loan from West Brom.
Latics (4-4-2): Bouzanis; Wabara, M'voto, Byrne, Brown; Croft, Furman, Wesolowski, Grounds; Smith, Derbyshire. Subs: Jacob, Taylor, Millar, M'Changama, Winchester, Sutherland, Mellor.
Shrewsbury (4-4-2): Weale, Gayle, Grandison, Jones, Jacobson; Taylor, Summerfield, Richards, Wright; Morgan, Rodgers. Subs: Anyon, Purdie, Bradshaw, Hall, Doble, Golgson, Wildig.