Latics were grateful for a point after a difficult home fixture against Graham Potter’s well organised Swansea City. Latics remain undefeated at home in 13 league games but the run could so easily have come to an end last night.
The visitors had the lion’s share of possession and created plenty of chances but overall a combination of poor finishing and some good defending by Latics meant the game ended in a stalemate.
The hosts best chance came when Will Grigg picked up a poor back pass and was clean through on goal but Swans keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt came to the rescue saving the striker’s effort with his legs.
The Swans might have won it at the death but Chey Dunkley superbly cleared from Martin Olsen’s goal bound effort.
The Swans move up to sixth in the Championship table and Latics up to seventh before Wednesday night’s fixtures.
Latics made one change from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Norwich with captain Samy Morsy missing out due to a slight hamstring strain and being replaced by Darron Gibson.
The visitors started brightly moving the ball confidently and they soon put Latics on to the back foot forcing defensive blocks from Reece James and Cedric Kipre and a couple of good saves from Christian Walton.
Latics tried to respond and Michael Jacobs fired wide of the target from Reece James’ cross.
But the Swans continued in the ascendancy and Connor Roberts was denied at close range by a superb save from Walton.
Latics started the second half more positively with Nick Powell providing a great opportunity for Jacobs but the winger fired wide of the target.
The Swans however continued to have the better of the game with Oli McBurnie, Roberts and substitute Leroy Fer all firing wide.
Latics’ best opportunity came when Matt Grimes made a poor back pass and Grigg looked odds on to score but Nordfeldt saved with his legs.
Grigg then failed to connect with substitute Callum McManaman’s cross into the six yard box, before Olsen had a great chance to take all three points but Dunkley denied him with a last ditch clearance.
Latics had been a little lucky to escape with a point against a side who look well equipped to challenge at the top of the table. Despite not being at their best they had at least defended very well with Chey Dunkley, Christian Walton and Cedric Kipre all outstanding.
They will be hoping that their captain Morsy will be available on Saturday as they will need to improve if they are to get a good result at local rivals Preston North End.