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Second-half report

9 February 2013

Latics back to winning ways

Caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk masterminded Latics' return to winning ways in npower League One following an excellent 3-1 victory at home to Milton Keynes Dons.

In the first match of the post Paul Dickov era, Latics displayed the battling spirit, as well as quality, needed to stay clear of the relegation places.

Strikers Lee Barnard and Chris Iwelumo both marked their home debuts for Latics with a goal while Jean-Yves M'voto also found the net.

Latics, 2-1 ahead at the break, made a bright start to the second period.

Iwelumo seized on a defensive error and raced clear on the right only to shoot narrowly wide.

Captain James Wesolowski then shot straight at keeper David Martin.

Dons came within a whisker of equalising when Chris Lines' free kick struck the crossbar.

Latics made it 3-1 in the 52nd minute when Jordan Obita's low cross from the left was only parried by keeper David Martin and Iwelumo fired the loose ball into the roof of the net from inside the six-yard box.

There was a let off for Latics midway through the half when Dons' substitute Izale McLeod was sent clear on the left, but but shot over with only keeper Dean Bouzanis to beat.

Latics made their first substitution midway through the half when Lee Croft was replaced by Dean Furman.

There was a let off for Latics with 12 minutes left when Shaun Williams had a free header from six yards, but could only direct it straight at Bouzanis.

Latics were playing with confidence as demonstrated when Jose Baxter tried an audacious shot from half way after spotting keeper Martin off his line.

Dean Lewington headed narrowly over from a corner for Dons, but Latics were defending well.

Latics made their second switch with three minutes left when Daniel Taylor replaced Obita and then in the three minutes of stoppage time Cliff Byrne was introduced for Connor Brown.

Full-time: Latics 3, MK Dons 1.

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