Saturday October 1, 2011 Day 7 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 2 - 0 Wigan Athletic

  • Agbonlahor 36’
  • Bent 62’

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  1. Unbeaten Villa down Wigan

    Unbeaten Villa down Wigan

    Aston Villa ended a run of four Premier League draws with a 2-0 victory at home to Wigan and stay unbeaten in the competition this season. More

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    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Wigan Athletic
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' And that is it - Villa beat Wigan 2-0 at home to remain unbeaten in seven league matches this season and end a run of four PL draws.
    • 90+3' Di Santo strikes for goal, well saved by Given again.
    • 90+2' The keeper claims the corner easily enough.
    • 90+1' Moses with a low effort that deflects off Sammon - and Given scrambles to his near post to tip around brilliantly!
    • 90' Four minutes to be added on.
    • 89' A long ball from Moses that is nowhere near Di Santo. Wigan out of ideas.
    • 88' Given has not had much to do this afternoon. He might have had to if the ref had awarded the Latics a penalty earlier in the half... Di Santo is probably still fuming.
    • 87' Not much happening out on the pitch as the game is slowed down - which suits the Villans down to the ground. Given out to claim.
    • 86' Villa's final change: a standing ovation for Agbonlahor as he makes way for Andreas Weimann.
    • 84' Wigan's final change: Conor Sammon on for McCarthy.
    • 82' Moses with space but his ball is over the bar as Wigan remain frustrated.
    • 81' All the play in the Villa half as the game enters its final stages. McLeish will expect his side to be tough and see it out.
    • 80' Only two other clubs have unbeaten records at Villa Park in the PL era – Oldham Athletic (2 matches) and Barnsley (1). Wigan have a job if they are to remain the third of these.
    • 79' Maloney unlocks the home defence for Watson to cross after springing the offside trap on the left... it is ahead of everyone again.
    • 78' Maloney has to slide to concede a throw-in instead of a goal-kick. At the other end Delph plays through for Agbonlahor - it is miles too hard! Poor pass.
    • 77' McArthur bends a delicious ball between goalkeeper and defence from the right for Wigan, but there is no one on the end of it.
    • 76' Villa have had 15 attempts on goal to Wigan's 10.
    • 75' Aston Villa are looking likely to be unbeaten in their opening seven PL matches of the season for the fourth time. They are unbeaten in their last nine PL matches – their best run since a 10-match streak from January to March 2010.
    • 74' Villa change: N'Zogbia on to face his former club with Bent making way.
    • 73' Bent has the ball into the net, lobbing Al Habsi, but the flag was already up.
    • 72' Maloney straight into the thick of things, just unable to get on the end of a ball into the box... the rebound off Given falls to Di Santo and his 'rabona' flick is blocked! Great effort - a rabona is the thing that Cristiano Ronaldo does sometimes to cross it, wrapping the kicking foot round the back of his other leg.
    • 71' Wigan change: Shaun Maloney, who featured for Villa in 2007-08, on for Diame to applause from the home fans.
    • 70' Wigan gaining more attacking ground now at two goals down. A cross is way off target here.
    • 69' Clattenburg refereed Roberto Martinez’s first ever PL match as a manager – Wigan’s 2-0 win in this fixture in August 2009. /// hoar: "mcleish attacking substitute ??? well i never­ normally throws on 2 negative defensive players on ..­ must of had a bang on the head"
    • 68' Loose defending from Wigan after a Warnock header inside and the ball is there to be hit... stunning half-volley from Petrov headed into the near-post top corner - or against the bar - tipped over by the lithe Al Habsi!
    • 67' Well played Petrov again as he keeps the ball from two Wigan players then wins a free-kick. Replays show that he used his arm while on the floor to nick the ball from Di Santo, though. The Wigan players very unhappy with Clattenburg.
    • 66' Petrov lumps the ball clear after winning the ball from a Wigan throw in the corner.
    • 65' Norwich miss a chance at Old Trafford! See the latest from all this afternoon's games. Premier League latest
    • 64' Backs to the wall for Villa. Bannan clears off the line direct from the corner as it finds its way to the far post!
    • 63' Boyce on the right, crosses to the far side where Bannan heads behind for a corner.
    • 62' GOAL FOR ASTON VILLA! 2-0! Bent with it - a great run down the left from Agbonlahor to leave Emmerson Boyce behind and he stands it up for his strike partner to slam home low down first time.
    • 60' Di Santo has scored three of Wigan's five league goals this season.
    • 59' Wigan try to get their shape back. They work the ball and McCarthy's first-time pass is just too long for Diame in behind!
    • 58' The kick is wasted as Villa attempt a set-piece move.
    • 57' Villa substitution: Emile Heskey on for Ireland. Attacking change.
    • 57' Delph draws a foul from Watson about 30 yards out on the left.
    • 56' Wigan change: James McArthur on for Stam.
    • 55' Al Habsi gets fingertips to a cross and it comes back off his crossbar! He was out of position but recovered enough to keep it out.
    • 53' At the other end Bannan with a curler from 30 yards that Al Habsi stretches to palm over the top corner!
    • 53' Di Santo rampaging forward, and gets a favourable bounce back into his path. He is into the box and goes down under the challenge from Hutton! No penalty given. There was contact, and it should have been a penalty - but he went down easily.
    • 52' Ireland drives to the right by-line but his cross on the slide is far too high and hard.
    • 51' Wigan with calamitous defending and the ball bounces free... Delph inside the box for Bent. Caldwell goes to ground early but Bent strikes low against him anyway with Agbonlahor waiting on the far side!
    • 50' The ball bouncing alongside McCarthy and he has the chance to play in Moses... just blocked by Villa.
    • 49' Wigan squeezing Villa, forcing them to punt forward from Given and give the ball away.
    • 48' Villa have drawn five of their opening six PL matches – only the third club to draw this many matches at this stage of the season after Ipswich Town (1992-93) and Fulham (2010-11). Both of these clubs also drew their seventh PL match that season. That run could be about to end today.
    • 47' Wigan set their stall out again, playing long and out of play for a goal-kick. They are capable of good football but there is also a fair amount of the rough stuff on display today too.
    • 46' Agbonlahor twists away from Watson with the ball and nicks it through the legs of McCarthy before curling a beautiful strike just past the far post low down! Positive start from the home team.
    • 46' The second half starts with Ireland still involved despite that ankle problem.
    • - McLeish is unbeaten in both previous PL home matches against Wigan, but did lose against them in his last match – Birmingham losing 2-1 at the DW Stadium on March 19. /// ma.walters: "Another boring display so far, have to say it again­ McLEISH has got to go. With the squad at his disposal­ should be doing better than we are. We haven't­ really played anyone yet, but his record down the road­ against the better teams was good, so gives me some­ hope. I thought John Gregory was bad..."
    • 45+2' When the one minute of added time is played plus another 30 seconds for that bad tackle, the whistle sounds to signal the break.
    • 45+1' Ireland in late on James McCarthy and has hurt himself.
    • 45' Agbonlahor like lightning down the left to retain possession for Villa. Caldwell clears the cross in at the near side of the box.
    • 44' Wigan moving the ball quickly across the pitch in front of a wall of Villa players. Watson spreads play to the left, but the flag is up against Van Aanholt.
    • 43' Long ball into the box not reached by Bent, who seemed to stop.
    • 42' Moses again on the ball, two on two... his ball for Di Santo is poor but the Argentine collects it anyway and shoots low from 25 yards - narrowly wide.
    • 41' Moses attacks the left by-line and can get a cross in... far too hard.
    • 40' Villa clear their lines as their now-loud fans breathe easily again.
    • 39' Collins defends - just - as Wigan win a corner. Six minutes plus added time for them to respond before the break.
    • 38' Agbonlahor has now scored in all three league matches against North-West clubs this season, and has five career PL goals against Wigan – he has only scored more against Everton (6) with five also coming against Blackburn.
    • 37' Before the match the home side had scored seven PL goals – their fewest at this stage of the season in four years. That shooting percentage mentioned before the game wouldn't have helped... but Agbonlahor's strike was clinical!
    • 36' GOAL! 1-0 TO THE VILLA! Agbonlahor strikes! Bannan with a lovely long ball that Gabby picks up - he then comes inside Gary Caldwell from the left and drills the ball into the top of the net from just inside the box!
    • 35' Home right-back Hutton in an advanced position, crossing to the near post... headed away.
    • 34' A loose ball is won by Moses and he looks to play in Di Santo, but it is cut out.
    • 33' A battle in midfield as Moses wins the ball back after losing it near halfway. Watson takes possession for Wigan and feeds Ronnie Stam, who brings it forward and bends a shot from distance a couple of feet wide.
    • 32' A chance for Ireland to strike for goal or cross as the pitch opens up... he gets to the edge of the box and lets fly, well over the top. He seemed caught in two minds.
    • 31' Agbonlahor slips a pass to Ireland as Villa counter, but his long ball threaded down the flank is too long for Bent.
    • 30' Dunne penalised for a push on Di Santo as the ball came over halfway. That's a bit soft.
    • 29' Wigan's James McCarthy slides back to hack away as Agbonlahor just fails to bring a dropping ball under control.
    • 28' Gabby Agbonlahor cutting in from the right but his pass inside is behind Ireland, who was unmarked! Almost in on goal there, the Villa.
    • 27' Earlier, Liverpool controversially claimed victory in the 216th Merseyside derby with a 2-0 Premier League win over Everton at Goodison Park. Liverpool beat 10-man Everton
    • 26' Bannan again looks for Bent down the right side of the box, but this time it runs out of play. The fans and Bent like it, though.
    • 25' Bannan stands a ball to the opposite side of the box, where Bent chests and comes across the defender with a quick second touch - he volleys for goal but Al Habsi is able to save at the near post, blocking with one arm then knocking the ball away with the other.
    • 24' Brilliant in the Villa fans - a gathering of oompa lumpas hail a Willy Wonka in the sunshine.
    • 23' Collins with a block as Van Aanholt seeks a route to goal.
    • 22' Bannan to the feet of Agbonlahor, who lays the ball out of the box for Fabian Delph on the left... his curling strike is a few yards wide of the top corner. Unlucky.
    • 21' Wigan are one of three PL clubs without a single point in the month of September – the others are Wolves and Bolton. They have dropped five points from winning positions this season – the equal-most in the division with Blackburn.
    • 20' Barry Bannan whips a free-kick into the box that Bent gets a head to - but it is over the bar.
    • 19' Gary Caldwell booked for a challenge into the back of Agbonlahor.
    • 18' Villa probing again through Ireland as Wigan close ranks in midfield.
    • 17' Agbonlahor flagged offside when he was not. The fans are not happy. No suggestion of bias, obviously, but this stat makes for cheeky reading: Villa have not won in the last five PL matches refereed by Clattenburg.
    • 16' Long ball for Di Santo to chase into the corner. Warnock does well to take the ball off him and dribble clear. /// Audrey: "looking at all the stats and villa claiming some draws­ this season,a low scoring draw would be fav.but i­ honestly feel we can nick the 3 points 2-1 cmon you­ latics prove me right."
    • 15' Dunne has been off, changed his boots and come back on again - quick work.
    • 14' Roberto Martinez’s first PL match as a manager was v Aston Villa at Villa Park – Wigan winning 2-0 on the opening day of the season in August 2009. /// ANDREW: "Wigan are a strong side and Martinez is a top manager­ so Villa will need to perform today to get anything­ from the game. I would predict a draw again today. Not­ sure where our next win is coming from" Latest Premier League scores
    • 13' Bent with more excellent link-up play after a mistake by Moses to set up Ireland... his strike from the edge of the box is deflected just wide.
    • 12' A wild effort off target for the Villa by Stiliyan Petrov - but the first signs of adventurous play from the home side in the last minutes bodes well for the match.
    • 11' Bent nods down a long ball into the mixer and Agbonlahor blazes over! It sat up and he couldn't get over it.
    • 10' Diame tackled by James Collins as he attacks the left flank. A few tackles flying in as the game heats up.
    • 9' Dunne with a solid tackle to win the ball from Wigan striker Franco Di Santo and Villa counter at pace... Agbonlahor finds Hutton but he cannot get a ball into the box.
    • 8' Dunne with a wasteful pass straight into touch but Villa win the ball back from the throw. Hutton chases a long pass down the right but it runs out for a goal-kick.
    • 7' Van Aanholt with a cross from the left that Shay Given catches comfortably. Composed start to this game from both sides.
    • 6' Mohamed Diame comes short and dummies a defender. Dunne again makes a tackle to give Wigan a third corner - cleared at the near post this time.
    • 5' Patrick van Aanholt wins a corner for the Latics. Ben Watson's kick comes off Alan Hutton's thigh and could have gone anywhere, but flies behind for another corner.
    • 4' Stephen Warnock heads down the left and plays a silky one-two with Stephen Ireland - backheel from the midfielder - but Wigan deal with the danger inside their half.
    • 3' Victor Moses with a foray in the final third for Wigan. When the cross comes in from the right Richard Dunne deals with it.
    • 2' Gabriel Agbonlahor ghosts in from the left and has room to shoot. The ball comes off a Wigan body and Ali Al Habsi makes the stop easily enough.
    • 1' Villa kick us off in the first half and will be attacking the goal to our right.
    • 14:56 And out come the teams, led by referee Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).
    • 14:55 Villa Park is bathed in sunshine in what could be the last hot day of the year. The sprinklers still spraying the pitch.
    • 14:50 Wigan have won just two of their last 13 away league games (W2 D5 L6). They have also lost their last three league matches but haven’t lost four in a row since October 2008. Wigan team page
    • 14:45 The Villans have lost just one of their last 14 league games but they have drawn the last four in a row. Villa are only the third team in PL history to draw five of their first six games (after Ipswich in 1992-93 and Fulham last season).
    • 14:40 Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last seven league games at Villa Park, winning three and drawing four.
    • 14:37 Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce is recalled after recovering from the hamstring problem which has kept him out of the last two league matches. His return is welcome as Steve Gohouri is suspended having been sent off against Tottenham last week. Fellow defender Antolin Alcaraz (thigh) and striker Hugo Rodallega (knee) are unavailable.
    • 14:35 On-loan midfielder Jermaine Jenas does not make the Villa bench as he continues to recover from a thigh problem. Darren Bent has shaken off a groin injury and starts in attack while fellow striker Emile Heskey is on the bench after recovering from a hamstring setback. Defender James Collins has come through a late fitness test after an ankle knock against QPR. Carlos Cuellar and Eric Lichaj remain sidelined while Chris Herd has made the bench following injury. Charles N'Zogbia is on the bench. Villa team page
    • 14:33 The teams are in: Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Petrov, Ireland, Bannan, Delph, Agbonlahor, Bent. Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Albrighton, Heskey, Clark, Weimann, Herd /// Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Caldwell, Figueroa, Van Aanholt, Moses, McCarthy, Boyce, Watson, Diame, Di Santo. Subs: Kirkland, Maloney, Gomez, McArthur, Sammon, Jones, Lopez.
    • 14:30 Richard Dunne scored his ninth Premier League own-goal last weekend, two more than any other player in the division’s history. At the other end, Aston Villa have the worst shooting accuracy in the Premier League - hitting the target with just 31% of their shots. Villa squad
    • 14:25 When the two sides met at Villa Park last season, Wigan’s goal was netted by Charles N’Zogbia who then moved to the Midlands club in the summer. Zog threat for Martinez
    • 14:20 Only one of the 12 Premier League matches between Aston Villa and Wigan has ended as a home win and none of the last 10: home wins 1; draws 4; away wins 7. Wigan have won three and drawn three of their six trips to Villa Park in the Premier League era, but have won only one of the last six against Villa home and away.
    • 14:15 Eighth-placed Aston Villa host 15th-placed Wigan Athletic at Villa Park - the seventh game of their Premier League season. Premier League table
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Moses with a low effort that deflects off Sammon - and Given scrambles to his near post to tip around brilliantly!
    • 73' Bent has the ball into the net, lobbing Al Habsi, but the flag was already up.
    • 72' Maloney straight into the thick of things, just unable to get on the end of a ball into the box... the rebound off Given falls to Di Santo and his 'rabona' flick is blocked! Great effort - a rabona is the thing that Cristiano Ronaldo does sometimes to cross it, wrapping the kicking foot round the back of his other leg.
    • 68' Loose defending from Wigan after a Warnock header inside and the ball is there to be hit... stunning half-volley from Petrov headed into the near-post top corner - or against the bar - tipped over by the lithe Al Habsi!
    • 62' GOAL FOR ASTON VILLA! 2-0! Bent with it - a great run down the left from Agbonlahor to leave Emmerson Boyce behind and he stands it up for his strike partner to slam home low down first time.
    • 55' Al Habsi gets fingertips to a cross and it comes back off his crossbar! He was out of position but recovered enough to keep it out.
    • 53' At the other end Bannan with a curler from 30 yards that Al Habsi stretches to palm over the top corner!
    • 53' Di Santo rampaging forward, and gets a favourable bounce back into his path. He is into the box and goes down under the challenge from Hutton! No penalty given. There was contact, and it should have been a penalty - but he went down easily.
    • 46' Agbonlahor twists away from Watson with the ball and nicks it through the legs of McCarthy before curling a beautiful strike just past the far post low down! Positive start from the home team.
    • 36' GOAL! 1-0 TO THE VILLA! Agbonlahor strikes! Bannan with a lovely long ball that Gabby picks up - he then comes inside Gary Caldwell from the left and drills the ball into the top of the net from just inside the box!
    • 25' Bannan stands a ball to the opposite side of the box, where Bent chests and comes across the defender with a quick second touch - he volleys for goal but Al Habsi is able to save at the near post, blocking with one arm then knocking the ball away with the other.
    • 14:33 The teams are in: Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Petrov, Ireland, Bannan, Delph, Agbonlahor, Bent. Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Albrighton, Heskey, Clark, Weimann, Herd /// Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Caldwell, Figueroa, Van Aanholt, Moses, McCarthy, Boyce, Watson, Diame, Di Santo. Subs: Kirkland, Maloney, Gomez, McArthur, Sammon, Jones, Lopez.

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      Goalkeeper
      7.3 7
      Defenders
      6.6 6
      6.2 6
      7.1 6
      6.2 6
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out57′ 6.1 7
      7.3 7
      6.2 8
      Strikers
      5.6 6
      Goal Substitution Out86′ 8 8
      Goal Substitution Out74′ 6.9 7
      Subs
      Substitution In57′ 6.7 6
      Substitution In74′ 5 5
      Substitution In86′ 6 6
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
      Substitution Out56′ 3.8 6
      3.8 5
      Yellow Card 3.8 6
      3.9 5
      Midfielders
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      3.6 6
      4.9 6
      Substitution Out85′ 4.2 6
      Substitution Out71′ 4.5 6
      Strikers
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      Subs
      Substitution In71′ 3 7
      Substitution In56′ 4 7
      Substitution In85′ 3 6

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