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First-half report

16 April 2013

Smith cheer for Latics

Matt Smith scored another massive goal for Latics in their battle to avoid relegation from npower League One.

The striker (pictured), who came off the bench to head the winner at Bury on Saturday, broke the deadlock in first half stoppage time to give Lee Johnson the edge over his father in their managerial duel.

It was no more than Smith deserved as he had been a threat throughout and earlier had four decent chances to break the deadlock as well as being at the centre of a failed shout for a penalty.

Yeovil had a chance to take the lead inside 60 seconds but Sam Foley's 25-yard drive flashed narrowly wide.

Latics' first clear-cut opening followed a long punt downfield latched on to by Smith whose header flew harmlessly off target.

There was a humorous incident when Latics' fans chanted 'Johnson, Johnson give us a wave' to which both managers obliged.

A further chance fell to Yeovil's Angelo Balanta, but he fired across the face of goal from the right of the penalty area.

Latics were desperately unlucky not to take a 26th minute lead when Smith beat keeper Marek Stech to an aerial challenge only for Richard Hinds to save the day with a goalline clearance.

Smith saw another header narrowly miss the targer as Latics enjoyed a good spell in which they also had a shout for a penalty rejected after Hinds climbed over Matt Smith.

Latics had another glorious chance when Smith headed over from six yards following a cross by Lee Croft. 

There was further drama in stoppage time when David Mellor's 30-yard free kick brought a brilliant save from Stech as it appeared destined for the top corner of the net.

Then in the second minute of added time Smith struck with a near post diving header from a Croft corner.

Half-time: Latics 1, Yeovil Town 0.

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