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Second-half report

18 September 2012

Latics held by Iron

Latics had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United in their npower League One fixture at Boundary Park.

It was a frustrating night for Latics who are still searching for their first home victory of the campaign.

Leon Clarke fired the visitors ahead, but Matt Derbyshire drew Latics level with both goals coming in the opening period.

The Iron made the brighter start to the second period with centre-half Dave Mirfin going close in quick succession to putting the visitors ahead again.

First his goalbound header was deflected off Cliff Byrne for a corner. And from the kick, Mirfin's shot flew just wide.

Latics' first chance of the second period fell to Cristian Montano, but his angled drive was well turned round the post for a corner by keeper Sam Slocombe.

There was a double substitition by Latics midway through the half when Matt Smith and James Wesolowski were replaced by Robbie Simpson and Jose Baxter.

Baxter was again lively as he was on Saturday with his cameo against Notts County.

The former Everton striker forced Slocombe into a diving save with a shot from 25 yards.

Latics stepped up the pressure in the latter stages as Derbyshire beat Slocombe to a Montano cross, but his header flew harmlessly wide.

Lee Croft then forced Slocombe into a smart save to keep out his drive from well outside the penalty area.

Latics thought they had won the game in the second minute of stoppage time when Simpson headed home a Montano free kick.

But referee Geoff Eltringham ruled out the effort saying Simpson had fouled Slocombe.

Full-time: Latics 1, Scunthorpe 1

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