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Latics Reserves Defeated

18 February 2014

Latics were defeated 2-0 by a strong Wigan side in today's reserve team game.

Joey Johnson and Guillermo Andres grabbed the goals against a youthful Latics side, who can be proud of their performance according to assistant manager, Paul Murray.

Speaking about the performance, the number two was delighted with how the side played. He said: " The attitude and commitment of the players was really good and that's what I asked for before the game. We had some good moments of quality in the first half and a few in the second."

Latics started on the back foot as Wigan shaded the best of the possession in the early stages.

Jonson Clarke-Harris had Oldham's first real chance near the end of the first half. The striker found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper but his shot was well saved.

Latics would rue that missed chance as minutes after the restart, Wigan took the lead. Johnson was presented with a sight of goal and fired his shot past Joel Coleman into the bottom corner to open the scoring. 

Wigan then found themselves in the ascendancy and mid-way through the second half, they doubled their advantage. After a mistake by Coleman, Andres tapped home from close range to make the game safe.

With the game becoming stretched, Oldham nearly forced a consolation towards the end, but a free kick was well saved by the Wigan goalkeeper. 

Murray, who took the side, was happy with the application of his players. He said: "We had six first and second years playing whereas they had three players who they had bought, so it was always going to be difficult. We had a few opportunities in the first half with Clarke-Harris breaking free. I am generally pleased but they just had that little bit of quality at the end."

John Paul Kissock, Kirk Millar and Clarke-Harris all played a part in the game and the assistant manager admits they have given him selection headaches ahead of the Gillingham game.

"They showed me that they are committed and they are an important part of our squad. They've played well and they will be in our thoughts when we pick the next squad," explained the 37-year-old.

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