Latics held by Port Vale after late equaliser cancels out Charlie Jolley’s brilliant opener.
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Latics drew 1-1 with Port Vale on Saturday morning at Christopher Park, after a late equaliser denied them the three points despite Charlie Jolley's superb opener.
There was also a place on the bench for Perrin’s team-mate, Ryan Galvin, who looked to get some more minutes under his belt.
Latics started on the front-foot and had the chance to go ahead early on.
Jolley, who signed a professional contract with the club this week, drilled a ball in to strike partner Kyle Joseph, who found Divin Baningime, though the latter should have scored, only for his effort to be blocked.
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Latics found the breakthrough just before the 15th minute mark in remarkable fashion, Will McGuffie, Baningime, Joseph and Jolley were all involved in a string of passes, only for the latter to curl a first-time effort exquisitely past the goalkeeper from the edge of the area.
The hosts were full of confidence and should have doubled their lead minutes later, Mitchell Culshaw’s cross picked out Joseph unmarked at the back-post, but the forward failed to keep his header down from six yards.
Perrin was called into action for the first time when the visitors got a shot away, though the goalkeeper was on-hand to palm it away.
Latics continued to threaten and came close to doubling their lead once again on the half hour mark.
Harry Jolley’s terrific header won the ball back for the hosts and Joseph’s ball found Culshaw, though his well-struck effort was tipped round the post.
The pair linked up again just before half-time, Culshaw beat his man and his low cross found Joseph, but his attempted effort was blocked by a Port Vale defender.
Substitute MacKenzie O’Neill was involved straight away for Latics, his perfectly weighted pass found Jolley, but the goalscorer was denied his second of the game.
James Berry, who made his comeback from injury, made an instant impact after replacing Baningime and almost added Latics’ second, though his low effort was saved well by the opposition goalkeeper.
The hosts came close again with less than 15 minutes to go, O’Neill looked bright since he came on and the midfielders effort went just wide of the post after an intelligent inside run.
Though, the visitors equalised late-on after the ball was headed past Perrin to level the scores.
Defender, Harry Jolley, said Latics will keep their heads up after the draw:
“It’s important we keep our heads up and go again, we have a lot of games in the space of a few weeks so we aim to put it right at Rochdale.
“We have chances and we didn’t take them but you have games like that, it’s just important we work on it in training and take it into the next game.”
Latics: Perrin, Jolley, Robinson, Obi, Long, Smith (Capt) (Galvin 81), Culshaw (O’Neil 58), McGuffie, Joseph, Jolley, Baningime (Berry 68)