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Latics v Peterborough: Full-time report

25 January 2014

Kusunga's late winner clinches dramatic comeback win for Latics

An unbelievable comeback from Latics saw them clinch a 5-4 win against all the odds as centre half Genserix Kusunga slammed home an added time winner. Midfielder Gary Harkins had been the mastermind for Lee Johnson's side grabbing his first two goals for the club to clinch the sponsors 'man of the match' award.

GOAL  1-3 - The half began well for Latics, Brown was brought down on the edge of the visitors box after a terrific run had taken through three challenges. Harkins free kick being superbly tipped away for a corner by Joe Day. Harkins however wasn't to be denied his first goal for Latics as he swept home a loose ball following Smith's corner kick. 

GOAL 2-3 - The fight back continued as Worrall grabbed his first goal for the club just six minutes later. Harkins being the architect with a brilliant piece of skill to leave Mark Little in his wake, before laying on a neat pass for Worrall to smash home passed Day.

With the Boundary Park crowd now fully behind them Latics were first to every ball and they were soon on their feet again as a long range effort from Brown whistled just wide.

Clarke-Harris appealed for a penalty on the hour mark, his run into the box brought an end by a combination of Michael Bostwick and Craig Alcock, referee Clark waving away his protest.

GOAL 2-4 - The game took another turn away from Latics on 62 minutes, Ajose the beneficiary following a defensive mix up. The winger slotting home to put his side two goals clear again.

GOAL 3-4 - Latics were back in the game five minutes later and again it was Harkins who created the chance. Again he showed great skill to get down the left hand side, cutting inside the box to cross for James Wesolowski to prod home under Day to bring the Boundary Park crowd to their feet again.

Within minutes Harkins created another chance, Day superbly saving to stop Worrall doubling his tally from the Scots deep cross. 

Latics were now well on top, Harkins deft lob from the edge of the box then almost bringing the scores level, before Worrall's effort from the edge of the box was charged down in the six yard box by a desperate Posh rearguard.

Posh who, were being kept in their own half by the resurgent Latics, showed they were still a danger on the break as Rowe tested Oxley from long range on 85 minutes. The Latics keeper dealing with the shot with comfort.

The game took yet another turn as Latics were awarded a penalty on 86 minutes after Tomlin dived to save Clarke-Harris' header off the line. Referee Clark sending the midfielder off for handball. 

GOAL 4-4 - Harkins claimed his second goal for the club, slamming home the resultant spot kick to bring Latics level. 

GOAL 5-4 - Unbelievably Latics strike again in added time, centre half Genserix Kusunga smashing home from Harkins' corner to give his side a win that looked to be impossible for long periods. 

FT: Latics 5 Peterborough United 4

ATT: 3,571 (273)

Latics: Oxley, Grounds, Wesolowski, Kusunga, Tarkowski, Smith, MacDonald, Dayton (Brown), Philliskirk (Clarke-Harris), Worrall, Harkins.
Unused Subs: Rachubka, Mellor, Winchester, Rodgers, Lockwood.

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