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Second-half report

1 September 2012

First victory for Latics

Jubilant Latics recorded their first npower League One win of the season with victory at Portsmouth.

They enjoyed a slice of luck as their matchwinner was an own goal from Pompey's Johnny Ertl.

The central defender, who was making his debut, diverted a low left-wing cross from Jonathan Grounds (pictured) past his own goalkeeper.

After a lively goalless opening period, the start to the second period was equally entertaining.

Latics had three chances to break the deadlock soon after the restart as Cristian Montano shot narrowly wide and then hit the upright after being released by Lee Croft.

Montano also released Youssouf M'Changama, but he had strayed marginally offside.

Pompey also had a great chance when Latics' keeper Alex Cisak did well diving low to his left to turn away a Brian Howard free kick which was on target.

Latics were rewarded for their efforts on the hour when they took the lead.

Grounds fired over a low cross from the left and it appeared to be deflected off Ertl low past keeper Mikkel Andersen.

The match exploded midway through the half when both sides were reduced to 10 men.

Jordan Obita was shown a straight red card for an elbow on Cliff Byrne who was also dismissed when the referee was alerted by the fourth official.

Latics, in need of defensive reinforcements, brought on James Tarkowski as striker Robbie Simpson was sacrificed.

Pompey substitute Ashley Harris cut in from the left and his low shot appeared to be turned round the post by Cisak diving low to his right, though the referee mysteriously awarded a goal kick to the surprise of everybody inside Fratton Park.

Latics had to withstand considerable pressure in the latter stages as Pompey pressed for an equaliser.

Brian Howard's defence-splitting pass released substitute Luke Rodgers on the right of the box but his fierce shot was superbly turned round the post by Cisak as Latics held out to collect three valuable points after a disappointing start to their campaign.



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