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Second-half report

4 September 2012

Own-goal heartbreak for Latics

Latics were knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at holders Chesterfield by a dramatic injury time own goal.

Matt Smith, who had given Latics a first-half lead, had the misfortune of finding his own net. 

Latics, 1-0 ahead at the break, were quickly pegged back as Chesterfield equalised in the 49th minute after a mistake by Carl Winchester.

His header back to keeper Dean Bouzanis was intercepted by Danny Whitaker and the former Latics' midfield man raced clear to finish with clinical precision.

Latics could have fallen behind not long after when Drew Talbot turned Jonathan Grounds before cutting the ball back to Mark Randall who sliced his shot wide when well placed.

And there was a further escape when Whitaker's 25-yard drive forced an acrobatic tip over by Bouzanis (pictured).

Latics ought to have regained the lead, but Lee Croft blazed over from a great position.

Chesterfield won a 61st minute penalty after Grounds pushed over Marc Richards as he burst past him inside the box.

Whitaker became hero turned villain as his spot kick was brilliantly saved by Bouzanis who flung himself to his right.

Bouzanis came to Latics' rescue again not long after making a brilliant block to deny Whitaker who burst through on goal.

Latics made their first substitution midway through the half when Connor Hughes replaced Robbie Simpson and he was soon followed by a further two as Croft and Winchester were withdrawn to give Kirk Millar and David Mellor the chance to shine.

And Mellor almost made an immediate impact shooting narrowly wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Then with three minutes left Hughes struck the crossbar with a thunderbolt shot from Hughes.

It is a measure of how fine the margins are between success and failure as Chesterfield snatched victory at the death.

Talbot fired over cross from the right to the far post and Smith, trying to clear the danger, only succeeded in heading into his own net.
Full-time: Chesterfield 2, Latics 1.

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