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Second-half report

19 February 2013

Latics are comeback kings

Latics produced a stirring second-half fightback to win 2-1 at Stevenage and climb out of the relegation places in npower League One.

One down at the break after a disappointing showing, Latics hit back in style.

Second-half goals from Dean Furman (pictured) and James Tarkowski completed a remarkable turnabout as Latics picked up three valuable points in their bid to beat the drop.

Latics made their first change at the break as James Wesolowski replaced Carl Winchester in a move aimed at strengthening the midfield.

And Latics could not have wished for a better start as Furman equalised within 60 seconds of the restart.

Tarkowski played a long ball out of defence, Matt Smith headed on the ball and Furman fired a shot from 16 yards low to the right of keeper Chris Day for his second goal of the campaign.

Furman's goal kick started Latics to life as they looked a totally different team to the opening period.

Lee Croft and Lee Barnard both forced diving saves from Day as Latics looked for a second goal.

Smith then produced an excellent shot on the turn which was brilliantly turned over by Day.

However, from the resulting corner Latics took the lead when Jonathan Grounds' superb ball was converted by Tarkowski with a far post diving header.

Latics were forced to make a second change midway through the half when Connor Brown replaced injured right-back Cliff Byrne.

They had another enforced change with 14 minutes left when substitute Wesolowski had to be substitute through injury as Jose Baxter made his entrance.

Latics had a great chance to add a third goal in the fourth and final minute of added time.

Baxter released Croft on the right and it was two versus one in Latics' favour as Croft picked out Lee Barnard who was clean through only to fire wide with only Day to beat.

Fortunately it didn't matter as the final whistle sounded seconds later with Latics leaving the pitch triumphant.

Full-time: Stevenage 1, Latics 2.


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