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Second-half report

19 November 2013

Wonderful win at Wolves

Latics pulled off another great victory in the FA Cup with Budweiser following their 2-1 first-round replay win at Wolves.

Goals from Danny Philliskirk and Adam Rooney secured a home second-round tie against Mansfield Town.

And the memorable win at Molineux rekindled memories of Latics' FA Cup exploits last season.

Latics, 1-0 ahead at the break, could have doubled their advantage soon after the restart.

Cristian Montano produced an excellent turn to beat substitute Sam Ricketts, but his low shot was well saved by Carl Ikeme to his left.

And Ikeme came to Wolves' rescue again making an important save with his legs to deny Philliskirk who was put clean through by a superb pass from Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Wolves had a great chance to equalise when Leigh Griffiths weaved his way clear, but the Scottish international was denied by Latics' keeper Mark Oxley.

Griffiths went close again with a rising shot which narrowly cleared the crossbar.

Latics made their first substitution in the 63rd minute when Sidney Schmeltz replaced Montano who had moments earlier picked up a knock.

And minutes late Clarke-Harris made way for Rooney.

Philliskirk was desperately unlucky not to score a second goal. He weaved his way clear on the right of the box only to see his drive strike the far upright.

Latics deservedly made it 2-0 in 73rd minute after Schmeltz helped set up Rooney who, from the right of the box, fired low into the far corner for his sixth goal of the campaign.

David Mellor limped off to be replaced by Matteo Lanzoni as Latics made their final change with 15 minutes left.

Rooney might, too, have added a second goal and third for Latics only for Ikeme to make a diving save.

Wolves almost pulled a goal back in stoppage time when Griffiths cut in from the right only to see his terrific shot strike the far upright.

Griffiths found the net for Wolves with virtually the last kick of the game.

Latics failed to clear a Richard Stearman free kick from the left leaving Griffiths free eight yards out to rifle home an unstoppable shot, the only blot on an otherwise perfect night.

Full-time: Wolves 1, Latics 2.

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