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Second-half report

1 January 2013

Ten-man Latics battle for point

Ten-man Latics halted their run of five straight losses in npower League One with a battling 2-2 draw at Scunthorpe United.

Latics found themselves 2-0 down after less than 20 minutes through goals from Niall Canavan and Mark Duffy.

They courageously fought back through goals from Scunthorpe old-boy Cliff Byrne and a Jose Baxter penalty.

Latics even had to play the final 22 minutes with 10 men after having James Wesolowski sent off, but defended resolutely in the latter stages. 

Latics, 2-1 down at the break, made a spirited start to the second half in pursuit of an equaliser.

They had a number of goal attempts, but none troubled keeper Sam Slocombe.

Latics finally conjured a leveller midway through the second period.

Damien Mozika was booked for a foul on Youssouf M'Changama and from Baxter's free kick Matt Smith went sprawling in the box following a challenge by Niall Canavan.

Referee Richard Clark pointed to the spot and Baxter (pictured) scored with a cheeky chip, his tenth goal for Latics.

Latics' joy at getting back on level terms was quickly tempered when they were reduced to ten men when Wesolowski was sent off with 22 minutes left following an ill-timed challenge on Mozika.

Scunthorpe brought on former Wigan Athletic striker Nathan Ellington who had two great chances in quick succession to regain the lead for the hosts.

Latics made their second substitution with 15 minutes left when Lee Croft was replaced by Carl Winchester.

Though the Iron had the bulk of possession late on, they never seriously threatened a winner as Latics defended superbly.

Full-time: Scunthorpe United 2, Latics 2.

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