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Second-half report

23 February 2013

Three league wins in a row for Latics

Latics made it three npower League One wins in a row following their 1-0 victory against Portsmouth at Boundary Park.

Jose Baxter's early goal proved decisive as Latics continue to inch clear of the relegation places.

There was an explosive start to the second half when Sam Sodje was sent off in the 50th minute after raising his hands to Lee Barnard.

Yassin Moutaouakil reacted angrily to a challenge from Jordan Obita (pictured) which sent him hurdling over the advertising hoardings.

Other players became embroiled with Sodje over-stepping the mark according to referee Mark Heywood who first consulted his assistant before brandishing the red card.

Latics continued to create chance as Obita shot narrowly over while Baxter's curling effort forced a diving save from Simon Eastwood.

Caretaker Manager Tony Philliskirk made his first change midway through the half when Matt Smith replaced Chris Iwelumo.

Latics were desperately unlucky not to increase the lead when they were twice denied by the woodwork in quick succession.

Jonathan Grounds' free kick from wide right hit the far upright.

That was followed by a spectacular overhead kick from Obita which also struck the frame of the goal while Barnard' follow-up shot was brilliantly saved by Eastwood.

Jean-Yves M'voto made a weaving forward run into the Pompey penalty area only to have his shot blocked.

Portsmouth almost snatched an unlikely equaliser when Jed Wallace shot just over the crossbar.

Latics made their second switch with seven minutes left when Robbie Simpson took over from Barnard and he was soon followed by the last one as Cliff Byrne replaced James Tarkowski.

Lee Croft was desperately unlucky not to score a second goal late on when his goalbound shot was deflected over the bar for a corner.

Full-time: Latics 1, Portsmouth 0.

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