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Second-half report

22 October 2013

Latics bitten by Wolves

Latics lost their way in the second half as they were beaten 2-0 at promotion-chasing Wolves in Sky Bet League 1.

After a goalless opening period, Wolves finally found their bite as Latics were undone by goals from James Henry and Leigh Griffiths at rain-lashed Molineux.

Wolves had a glorious chance to break the deadlock soon after the restart but Danny Batth flashed a header wide from six yards from Scott Golbourne's cross.

But the home side made a breakthrough in the 50th minute.

Bakary Sako fired over a low cross from the left and diving keeper Mark Oxley pushed the ball onto Henry as it rebounded off the midfield man and trickled over the line for his first goal of the season.

Henry then added insult to injury by knocking Lee Johnson off his feet in the technical area with a sliding tackle on the rain-sodden surface as he skidded off the pitch.

Johnson soon reverted to plan B as Adam Rooney and Jonson Clarke-Harris (pictured) replaced Carl Winchester and James Dayton as Latics switched to a more orthodox 4-4-2 in pursuit of an equaliser.

And Clarke-Harris had an early chance, but saw his goalbound shot blocked as Latics won a corner.

Latics made their third change just after the hour, though it was enforced by injury as Joseph Mills limped off as David Mellor took over at left back.

Henry came close to adding a second goal as his header from a Sako cross landed on the roof of the net.

Latics were undone again in the 68th minute by Sako's long through ball as Griffiths deceived Genseric Kusunga before bursting clear and firing into the  net off the left upright. It was his ninth goal of the campaign for the Scottish international.

Cristian Montano found himself through on goal, but keeper Carl Ikeme saved bravely at his feet.

Ikeme was at his best to athletically turn over a 25-yard drive from Danny Philliskirk.

Wolves could have added to their tally in the latter stages.

Oxley pulled off excellent saves to deny Henry and Lee Evans.

Griffiths then raced on to a long clearance from Ikeme and lifted the ball over the advancing Oxley only to see the ball roll just wide of the upright.

Full-time: Wolves 2, Latics 0.

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