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24 July 2015

Latics lose out to Rory Loy goal despite dominant performance.

  • Dundee 1 Latics 0 at Dens Park in pre-season friendly.
  • Rory Loy goal the difference, despite possessional dominance from Latics.
  • Will Grigg awarded but missed first half penalty.

Loy 70'


Latics' penultimate pre-season friendly unfortunately ended in defeat this evening at Dundee's Dens Park, with the hosts running out 1-0 winners thanks to a 70th minute strike from Rory Loy.  A dominant display in possession with a number of chances was watched by around 200 travelling Latics supporters, with 18 of Gary Caldwell's squad on display.

Will Grigg had the perfect opportunity to open his account for the club when he was bundled over in the penalty area after he linked up with strike partner Craig Davies, but the former Brentford striker sent his spot kick over the bar.

Grigg and Davies both made their first starts for the club this evening, with Tuesday's addition Reece James making his debut and Francisco Junior was handed his second consecutive start.

In the early exchanges Dundee fired a warning shot when Kevin Thomson's dipping effort in the third minute flashed by Richard O'Donnell's right post, but the hosts failed to create much from then on, with their only shot on target (other than the goal) coming in the 90th minute.

Latics soon asserted themselves on the game, with Davies and Grigg showing their physical strength in the final third to ruffle some feathers in the Dundee defence.

Davies worked himself an opportunity just before the quarter hour mark when he beat the offside trap to latch onto the end of trialist Kevin McNaughton's clipped pass down the right, but when the striker burst his way into the box, a last ditch sliding challenge denied him a shot at David Mitchell's goal.

With plenty of energy and some clever passing exchanges between the defence and midfield, Latics began to find their rhythm, the biggest evidence of which resulted in the referee pointing to the penalty spot.

Advanced in midfield, Tim Chow played the ball into Grigg's feet and with his back to goal he exchanged a neat one-two with strike partner Davies before being barged in the back as he ran towards goal down the left side.

Grigg stepped up to take the penalty himself, but he got under the spot kick and lifted it over Mitchell's cross bar.

Latics continued to push and the strike duo continued to leave the Dundee defenders on edge, both having shots desperately blocked at close range.

Davies departed just after 30 minutes, with David Perkins introduced as the formation was shifted, pushing Power and Chow further forwards.

Five minutes before half time a second change was made, this time Power departing as Ryan Jennings entered.

Latics continued to look comfortable into the second half, and almost took the lead when James' floated corner found the head of McNaughton just outside the six yard box, only for Mitchell to pull off an impressive one-handed save.

McNaughton and Donervon Daniels then both headed narrowly over in quick succession from James' well weighted deliveries, before a powerful drive from Grigg hit the hand of a defender in the area, only this time the penalty claims were waved away.

Caldwell made further changes as the half progressed, with four introduced in the 70th minute as trialist John Lundstram, defender Jonjoe Kenny and forwards Sanmi Odelusi and Billy Mckay came on.

After an impressive midfield display Junior was replaced, along with Grigg, McNaughton and Chow.

Two minutes after coming on Odelusi had the ball in the back of the net, but was flagged offside after Jennings had slipped him through on goal.

Then came the blow for Latics, a misjudgment in the area at the right post allowed Loy to pick up on a loose ball, one that he calmly slotted into the bottom right corner.

Latics made a final change with 13 minutes to go when Daniels was replaced by Craig Morgan.  Despite a number of second half changes they were rarely threatened by Dundee, O'Donnell making his first save of the game in the 90th minute from Luka Tankulic's powerful drive.

Odelusi almost grabbed Latics an equaliser in the third minute of injury time with a fizzing low shot wide of the right post, but the forward's effort wasn't enough to end Latics' time in Scotland on a high.

Dundee: Mitchell, Irvine, McPake, Julen, Holt, Ferry (Tankulic 46), Thomson (Colquhoun 46), Ross, Harkins, Stewart, Loy (Kerr 77)
Unused Subs: Bain, Konrad, Black, Roberts, McGinn, Meggatt

Latics: O'Donnell, McNaughton (Trial) (Kenny 60), Taylor, Daniels (Morgan 77), Power (Jennings 40), McCann, James, Grigg (Mckay 60), Davies (Perkins 31), Chow (Lundstram 60), Junior (Odelusi 60)
Unused Subs: Nicholls, Flores, Perch, Barnett, Robles

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