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Second-half report

20 October 2012

Derbyshire, Baxter seal Latics' win

Second-half goals from Matt Derbyshire (pictured) and Jose Baxter earned Latics a 2-0 home victory against Leyton Orient in npower League One.

Derbyshire scored the four goal of his loan spell from Nottingham Forest while Baxter hit his third since signing for Latics.

The win made it 10 points from a possible 12 as their climb up the table continues.

After a goalless opening half, Orient had a great chance to take the lead soon after the restart. 

Moses Odubajo stole in at the far post to meet a Jimmy Smith left-wing cross but, sliding in, lifted the ball over the crossbar from four yards.

Latics were almost caught out by a quickly-taken free kick by Martin Rowlands as his shot flew just wide of the far upright.

It was not until midway through the second period that Latics created their first meaningful chance of the half.

Jean-Yves M'voto powered a header narrowly wide from a Jose Baxter free kick then not long after he had another header which was saved on the goalline by keeper Ryan Allsop.

Central-defender M'voto was proving to be Latics' most potent attacking threat as he had another powerful header from a Cristian Montano free kick, but could only direct in straight at Allsop.

Latics made a double substitution with 19 minutes left when Robbie Simpson and Montona were replaced by Matt Smith and 17-year-old scholar Chris Sutherland who was making his second appearance.

The breakthrough came in the 77th minute.

Allsop produced a great save to turn a rasping shot from James Wesolowski round the post for a corner,

Lee Croft's kick was flicked on by Cliff Byrne and was swept home at the far post by Derbyshire.

Latics sealed victory with seven minutes left when Baxter produced a delightful turn on the edge of the box before curling an exquisite shot into the top corner of the net from outside the box.

Smith had a chance to add a third goal late on as his header forced a stretching save from Allsop.

Full-time: Latics 2, Leyton Orient 0.

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