NOT even the loan return of Maynor Figueroa could prevent lacklustre Latics being held to a fourth Championship draw on the spin against an extremely limited Millwall outfit.
All the football came from Uwe Rosler’s men against a Millwall side who beat them home and away last term but didn’t look too interested in making it a hat-trick.
But once again Latics lacked the cutting edge to turn a mountain of possession into many meaningful efforts on goal.
James McClean found the side-netting inside the first five minutes after a mistake in the Millwall defence.
And goalkeeper David Forde was called on to make a decent save to deny Shaun Maloney shortly after.
But that was about it until the second-half introduction of Callum McManaman, who hit the bar with his first touch that looped over Forde but unfortunately didn’t dip in time.
Not even the emergence off the bench of Roger Espinoza could inspire a late rally, as Latics recorded a third home stalemate in a row in front of a smidgeon over 10,000 supporters.
And Latics could even have ended up with nothing, had Millwall striker Ricardo Fuller not completely miscontrolled with only Scott Carson to beat.
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Latics: Carson; Tavernier, Ramis, Barnett, Figueroa; Forshaw, Kvist, Maloney; McClean, Riera, Fortune.
Subs: Al Habsi, Perch, Kiernan (for Ramis, 52), Espinoza (for Riera, 74), Waghorn, McManaman (for McClean, 62), Delort.
Millwall: Forde; Wilkinson, Dunne, Webster, Malone; Martin, Chaplow, Woolford; Fuller, McDonald, Gregory.
Subs: King, Shittu, Briggs (for Martin, 88), Upson (for Woolford, 64), Beevers, Onyedinma (for Gregory, 76), Powell.
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Star Man: Adam Forshaw