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Swindon Town v Latics: Half-time Report

1 February 2014

All square at The County Ground

Latics went in at the break level with Swindon Town after a half where they dominated for long periods and on another day would have had at least one penalty kick.  

Lee Johnson named three of his new signings in the squad for the game against the Robins, James Wilson starting alongside Adam Lockwood, Jon Stead and JP Kissock making the bench.

A poor touch from Wilson almost created an early opportunity for the home side, his clearance intercepted by Ryan Harley. James Wesolowski coming to his new team mate's aid as he cleared the danger. 

A superb counter attack from Korey Smith, driving through the home midfield, earned Latics the first corner of the game. The Robins defence dealing with the resultant corner comfortably.  

Neat play on 9 minutes from the recalled Danny Philliskirk and Gary Harkins created the first goal scoring chance of the game, David Worrall failing to connect with Harkins' cross in the six yard box.

The Robins wasting their chance to put pressure on Latics new defensive partnership on 12 minutes, as Harley's free kick was too deep. The midfielder's next effort a minute later was much better as his direct free kick forced Mark Oxley into a smart save to his right.

The home side's first corner kick of the game, on 15 minutes created confusion in the Latics six yard box before Lockwood and Wesolowski cleared the danger between them.

Jonson Clarke-Harris looked to have been barged off the ball in the area on 19 minutes, the big striker bursting onto Philliskirk's neat pass. Referee Robinson waving away his appeals.

Playing against a strong wind Latics were definitely on the front foot, Wesolowski trying his luck with a long range effort which cleared the bar on 21 minutes.

After soaking up a spell of pressure, the home side created an opportunity on 25 minutes, Nathan Byrne racing away on the counter attack. Jonathan Grounds doing well to get back to block the cross.

Oxley was back in action on 28 minutes, racing to the edge of his box to head clear Wesolowski's wayward back pass. The Robins having broken swiftly from a Latics corner.

Grounds again blocked a chance a minute later after Harley's free kick hadn't been cleared at the first attempt. 

Latics were denied a clear penalty on 31 minutes as Philliskirk was pushed over in the area as he raced onto Smith's delightful ball in behind the defence. Referee Robinson again giving nothing. 

Michael Smith became the first player into the referee's book on 34 minutes, punished for a wild lunge on Philliskirk.

Latics continued to push forward at every opportunity, David Worrall testing Wesley Foderingham with the keeper collecting the Latics winger's cross under pressure from Clarke-Harris.

Latics survived a penalty shout themselves on 43 minutes as Grounds was punished for bringing down Byrne. Referee Robinson giving a free kick on the edge of the box, much to Grounds relief. Darren Ward heading wide from Harley's free kick.

HT: Swindon Town 0 Latics 0 

Latics Starting XI: Oxley, Brown, Grounds, Wesolowski, Smith, Clarke-Harris, Wilson, Lockwood, Philliskirk, Worrall, Harkins.

Subs: Rachubka, Stead, Mellor, Rodgers, Dayton, Kissock, Millar.

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