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First-half report

22 October 2013

Goalless at monsoonal Molineux

Latics' new tactical formation worked a treat as they held Wolves in a goalless opening half of their Sky Bet League 1 fixture in a monsoon at Molineux.

Though Wolves had the better of the chances, Latics' keeper Mark Oxley (pictured) was seldom troubled as torrential rain almost left the pitch unplayable.

Playing a fifth man in midfield was by no means negative as it afforded James Dayton, Cristian Montano, Carl Winchester, James Wesolowski and Korey Smith extra licence to get forward to support Danny Philliskirk.

Wolves had the first goal attempt of the night, but Bakary Sako blazed high over the bar from 25 yards.

Latics had their first chance in the 19th minute, but Montano headed over from six yards following a corner by James Dayton.

Wolves' best opening came when Matt Doherty's drive was deflected narrowly wide. And from the corner Lee Evans' near-post header flashed into the side netting.

They went close again when Sako whipped in a dangerous free kick from the right and Oxley clawed the ball to safety from under the crossbar.

From the corner, Danny Batth's downward header looped over the the crossbar from six yards.

In stoppage time, Oxley excelled diving full length low to his right to turn away a 25-yard drove from James Henry.

Half-time: Wolves 0, Latics 0.

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