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First-half report

9 November 2013

Kusunga goal joy, but Wolves hit back

Genseric Kusunga's first goal for the club gave Latics a dream start in their FA Cup with Budweiser, first-round tie against Wolves.

But Wolves hit back to draw level through former Latics loanee Scott Golbourne.

Goalkeeper Mark Oxley was called into action after only 14 seconds making a diving save to keep out a drive from James Henry.

Latics made a dream start, though, taking a second-minute lead through Kusunga.

Wolves conceded a free kick and James Dayton's delivery was perfect for Kusunga to find the net with a looping header.

And it almost got even better for Latics moments later when Dayton, completely free on the left of the box, fired just wide of the far upright.

The explosive opening was followed a lull before Korey Smith tested keeper Carl Ikeme with a 30-yard drive.

Wolves' Dave Edwards then broke clear on the right but fired an angled shot into the side netting.

Latics had a let off when a far-post header from Richard Stearman struck the upright. It followed a corner by Bakary Sako.

There was a further escape when Edwards robbed James Tarkowski and raced clear only to shoot into the side netting.

The warning signs were not heeded as Wolves equalised in the 37th minute when former Latics' loanee Golbourne headed home at the far post from a right-wing cross by James Henry.

Danny Philliskirk had a decent chance to regain the lead for Latics, but shot wide of the far post with a drive.

Half-time: Latics 1, Wolves 1.





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