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First-half report

14 September 2013

Montano goal cheer for 10-man Latics

Cristian Montano scored another fabulous solo goal for 10-man Latics in their Sky Bet League 1 match at Rotherham United. 

It came after former Latics' loan player Daniel Nardiello put the Merry Millers ahead from the penalty spot and after Latics had David Mellor sent off.

Rotherham had the first goal attempt in the second minute when Alex Revell's header from Ben Pringle's free kick took a deflection as it flashed just wide of the upright. 

Latics' best early effort came from a Joseph Mills free kick on the right. Matteo Lanzoni, sliding in, just failed to connect inside the six-yard box. 

Korey Smith then forced a diving save from keeper Scott Shearer after he had been released by Danny Philliskirk. 

Rotherham took the lead in the 21st minute from the penalty spot after Lanzoni was penalised for handball from a Pringle cross. 

Referee Richard Clark signalled Italian Lanzoni had his arm raised and pointed to the spot. Former Latics' loanee Nardiello sent keeper Mark Oxley (pictured) the wrong way with a low shot from 12 yards for his third goal of the season. 

Rotherham had half chances as Kari Arnason headed over while a shot from Alex Revell cleared the crossbar. 

Nardiello breached Latics' offside but Oxley made a superb save to deflect his shot round the post for a corner when it looked as though he could not miss. 

Latics were reduced to ten men in the 41st minute when Mr Clark sent off Mellor signalling a stamp on striker Revell. 

Oxley pulled off another brilliant save low to his left to keep out a low shot from Lee Frecklington. 

Latics broke away and, after possibly finding themselves 2-0 down, equalised. 

Montano broke away and from the left of the penalty area fired an unstoppable shot into the far corner of the net. 

Philliskirk was substituted before the break for James Wesolowski to give Latics an extra man in midfield.  

Half-time: Rotherham United 1, Latics 1. 

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