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Latics 1-2 Wrexham

1 October 2022

David Unsworth’s first home game ended in the cruellest fashion as Latics conceded twice in the closing stages against Wrexham.

Ahead thanks to Mike Fondop’s brilliant strike midway through the opening half, Unsworth’s new side were pegged back with five minutes of regular time to play before Paul Mullen settled the issue deep into stoppage time.

After defeat in his opening game at Bromley last weekend, Unsworth will have reason to be pleased at his team’s overall performance.

There was a real energy about Latics’ showing for the best part of an hour, debutant John Rooney adding guile to the attack, whilst Fondop was prominent throughout.

Fondop put Latics in front on 26 minutes, winning possession off defender Ben Tozer before advancing towards the area and sliding a powerful finish past Mark Howard.

It was rewards for a purposeful start from Latics, who got about their opponents from the off, Ben Tollitt getting through good work and Rooney sending a curling effort wide before Fondop struck.

Latics proceeded to take control of the overall play and their good work continued into the second period, Fondop sending a shot wide after using his strength to hold off two challenges.

Yet having expended a vast amount of energy in the opening hour, Latics were unable to sustain their level of performance. As the home side began to drop off, so Wrexham came on strong.

It did look as though Unsworth’s side would be able ty see out the result until five minutes from time, Tozer slotting the ball home from inside the area.

And the visitors completed the turnaround in the sixth minute of added time, Mitch Roberts tripping Luke Young, allowing Mullen to convert.

Oldham Athletic: Norman, Clarke (Luamba 86), Stobbs (Wellens 68), Sheron, Roberts, Cooper, Rooney, Tollitt (Couto 82), Fondop, Okagbue, Carragher.

Attendance: 9,496 (2,520)

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