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First-half report

5 January 2013

Own-goal agony for Latics

Latics suffered the agony and anguish of conceding an own goal in their FA Cup with Budweiser, third-round tie at Nottingham Forest.

The only goal of the opening half came after a goalmouth scramble when Matt Smith inadvertently diverted the ball past his own keeper.

There was a fast and frenetic tempo to the early play at the City Ground without either side looking like scoring.

Forest's Andy Reid had the first goal attempt, but shot well wide from outside the penalty area.

The breakthrough came in the 13th minute after Jean-Yves M'voto conceded a free kick near the corner flag.

Andy Reid fired the dead ball into the six-yard box and, as Simon Cox was ready to pounce, the ball struck Smith, as it eluded keeper Dean Bouzanis's dive low to his left.

Forest had another chance moments later as left-back Dan Harding struck a fierce shot straight at Bouzanis (pictured).

Radoslaw Majewski went close midway through the half with a 25-yard drive which flew just wide of the upright.

M'voto made a goal-saving tackle to deny Dexter Blackstock who was put clean through by Simon Gillett's slide-rule pass.

Blackstock burst through Latics' defence only for Bouzanis to make a brilliant block as Latics found themselves under the cosh.

Latics had their first clear-cut chance of the match in the 34th minute when Jose Baxter was fouled by Greg Halford about 30 yards from goal.

Baxter struck a delightful  free kick over the defensive wall and inches wide of the upright with keeper Lee Camp comprehensively beaten.

Latics had another escape when Halford's header from a Chris Cohen corner was nodded off the line by Robbie Simpson.

There was a strong finish to the half from Latics as Baxter curled a shot wide and headed just over while Smith's excellent header from 22 yards narrowly cleared the crossbar.

Half-time: Nottingham Forest 1, Latics 0.

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