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The Latics players celebrate after Will Grigg puts them 1-0 in front
The Latics players celebrate after Will Grigg puts them 1-0 in front

Wigan Athletic must do it all over again with AFC Fylde for a place in the third round of the FA Cup after a 1-1 draw in front of the BBC cameras at Mill Farm.

Latics, fielding a virtual full-strength side, were deservedly ahead just before the break thanks to a typically predatory goal from striker Will Grigg.

But the visitors failed to make the most of their undoubted dominance over the 90 minutes, and were pegged back just after the three-quarter mark.

Fylde skipper Sam Finlay, his side's outstanding player, was fouled inside the penalty area, and Danny Rowe stepped up to secure a replay at the DW Stadium later this month.

Over the 90 minutes, Latics will certainly feel they ought to have finished the job at the first time of asking.

But with Gavin Massey fluffing a gilt-edged early chance, and Grigg also hitting the woodwork with a header, they were unable to put the game out of Fylde's reach.

And the plucky non-leaguers will feel they deserve a second bite at the cherry - and a lucrative pay-day - with a spirited comeback in the second period.

Latics, with only two changes from their last league game - Dan Burn and Massey for Alex Bruce and the ill Ryan Colclough - were almost ahead inside five minutes.

Great work from Grigg released Massey down the right channel, but the forward's shot fizzed across goal and inches wide of the far post.

Grigg was almost on the end of a good find from Max Power, but the midfielder's radar was slightly off and the chance had gone.

Skipper Sam Morsy then tried his luck from distance, but that was well snaffled by home goalkeeper Jay Lynch, before Latics came within a whisker of breaking through.

Nathan Byrne did the damage down the right with a superb cross, and Grigg's header looked like it was going to loop goalwards, until it struck the crossbar and bounced out to safety.

Sensing it might be their night after all, Fylde took heart from the near-miss and almost took the lead at the other end.

A Jonny Smith cross caused huge panic in the Latics defence for the first time, and it took the long leg of Dan Burn to hook the ball away from the waiting Rowe.

Latics recovered and regained the ascendancy, with Michael Jacobs jinking through the left channel only to fail to locate Grigg or Massey with the cross.

In-form Jacobs was then given far too much time and space 30 yards out from goal, and his shot flashed only just wide of the far post.

The visitors were finding Jacobs at every opportunity, and the forward glided past three would-be defenders before seeing his cross bundled behind for a corner as half-time approached.

The resulting set-piece from Max Power found its way to Lee Evans, stood on the penalty spot.

And although the ball bounced up unfavourably, the newly-capped Wales international would have expected to have kept his shot inside the stadium rather than flying out towards the Lancashire coastline.

Fylde were hanging on at this point, but they were unable to make it through to half-time, with Latics taking the lead a minute before the break.

Byrne again cut inside from the right, and his left-footed cross looked as though it might have been curling inside the far post, such was the bend on it.

But striker Grigg wasn't about to take any chances, and the Northern Ireland ace nodded the ball into the roof of the net for his fifth of the campaign.

Latics picked up where they'd left off at the beginning of the second period, and a lovely improvised free-kick from Power found Jacobs, whose curling shot was superbly beaten away by Lynch.

The Fylde goalkeeper then denied Massey from a much closer distance, before he parried a Power shot into the path of Grigg, who couldn't quite adjust his body in time to make the most of the rebound.

Latics were always running the risk of paying the penalty for failing to finish off the home side, and they were pegged back with 20 minutes to go.

Jamie Jones made a fine save initially to repel the danger, but the rebound fell to home midfielder Finlay, who was clearly clipped inside the box for a stonewall penalty.

Rowe took the responsibility from 12 yards, and sent Jones the wrong way - and all of a sudden the home fans found their voices again, and smelt blood.

Nick Powell immediately came on to try to tip the game in Wigan's favour, and the new man nodded just wide off a Power free-kick, with Chey Dunkley also narrowly failing to find the mark from a Burn cross.

A Burn interception at the other end then led to a five-on-three Latics counter, which the big defender ruined by overhitting his final ball to Pwell, who would have been in on goal.

Ivan Toney and Gary Roberts took over from Grigg and Jacobs as full-time approached.

But the visitors were unable to fashion that one last opportunity that would have avoided a replay at the DW - although they remain in the hat for the third round.