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First-half report

19 February 2013

Dunne deals blow to Latics

James Dunne dealt a blow to Latics' hopes of climbing out of the npower League One relegation places.

Midfield man Dunne fired Stevenage into an early lead in their rearranged match against Latics at the Lamex Stadium.

It was a disappointing opening period for Latics as Caretaker Manager Tony Philliskirk made six changes to freshen up the side which started Saturday's FA Cup tie against Everton.

Stevenage took the lead in the ninth minute after the first attacking move of note from either side.

Lucas Akins whipped a low ball from the right and it was only cleared as far as Dunne whose drive from the edge of the box arrowed low to the left of keeper Alex Cisak.

Latics could have fallen 2-0 behind not long after when Cisak made a great save to keep out Ben Chorley's header from Luke Freeman's corner.

Centre-back Chorley was proving to a dangerous attacking weapon for Stevenage as he shot narrowly over from the edge of the box following a corner from Freeman midway through the opening period.

Latics had their first goal attempt of the night in the 26th minute following a neat passing move ended with Matt Smith heading over at the far post from Jonathan Grounds' cross.

They came within a whisker of equalising in the 40th minute when Lee Croft's free kick was headed back across the face of goal by Smith and Cliff Byrne struck the top of the crossbar with a looping header.

Jean-Yves M'voto then shot over as Latics enjoyed a fruitful spell.

Stevenage finished the half strongly as Dunne had a goal ruled out for offside and Akins fired wide when well placed.

Half-time: Stevenage 1, Latics 0.


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