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First-half report

29 March 2013

Latics holding high flyers

Latics produced a battling display in the goalless opening half of their npower League One match at promotion-chasing Swindon Town.

There was some superb defensive play while Latics had a couple of decent openings to snatch the lead.

Latics had the first attempt at goal in the third minute as Jose Baxter and Lee Barnard exchanged passes before Baxter shot well over.

Swindon then went close as Andy Williams' shot from outside the penalty area flew narrowly wide.

Simon Ferry then saw a drive narrowly clear the crossbar after Jonathan Grounds was dispossessed.

There was a let off for Latics when Jean-Yves M'voto was caught trying to let the ball go out for a goal kick.

Dean Parrett nicked the ball past M'voto and crossed for Ferry whose shot was blocked by James Tarkowski. The ball ran free to Massimo Luongo who shot just over.

Parrett then shot fractionally wide as Swindon weren't afraid to have a pop at goal.

There was a massive reprieve for Latics midway through the half when a shot from Williams was well saved by keeper Dean Bouzanis.

The ball ran free and Gary Roberts looked certain to score until, under pressure from M'voto, the Swindon forward shot against the upright.

Latics had a chance to snatch a 40th minute lead when Korey Smith played in Barnard whose goalbound shot was blocked by centre-back Darren Ward.

Robbie Simpson had a decent chance, but shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

M'voto headed well over from a Jose Baxter free kick and Baxter then had a header caught by keeper Wes Foderingham as Latics finished the opening half strongly as the home fans became increasingly frustrated.

Half-time: Swindon Town 0, Latics 0.

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