Wigan remain bottom of the Premier League after failing to capitalise on their dominance of Aston Villa at the DW Stadium.

The game ended goalless but the scoreline belied an open and entertaining match.

The best chance fell to Villa's Darren Bent, who later went off with an ankle injury, but his first-half shot was saved by Ali Al Habsi.

Wigan have now gone 11 Premier League matches at home without a win.

Martinez pleased with Wigan 'control'

Bent appeared in agony when he was taken off on a stretcher after a challenge from Antolin Alcaraz, and Villa manager Alex McLeish confirmed after the match that he will not play in England's friendly against the Netherlands on Wednesday.

For all Wigan's possession, it took until the final quarter of the match for Villa goalkeeper Shay Given to be pressed into firm action, saving from substitute Hugo Rodallega when he turned and shot from the edge of the box, and stopping Franco di Santo's skimming effort.

The hosts' performance deserved a better return but their final ball was often lacking, with over-hit crosses, scuffed shots and some last-ditch defending from Villa.

Wigan beat Bolton on their last outing, while Villa were aiming for their first league win in four matches.

Did you know?

It was Wigan's first clean sheet for eight matches - and Villa's for seven games

Villa are only three places out of the relegation spots, and both sides' desire for three points was reflected in the tempo of a match that was pleasing on the eye.

Robbie Keane, playing his last game on loan before heading back to LA Galaxy, could have scored a farewell goal but his 25-yard daisy-cutter, which was sneaking in the bottom corner, was pushed away by Al Habsi.

The Oman keeper was forced into action again when Bent wasted a great chance to open the scoring after being put through by a perfectly weighted pass from Keane.

Finishing needs to improve - McLeish

After Villa's initial chances, Wigan dominated the remainder of the half and there was a great tussle down the Latics' left flank between Victor Moses and Alan Hutton.

But Wigan could not find a decisive final ball, illustrated by the fact they have scored only 11 goals at home this season and have not recorded a league victory at the DW since August.

The second half was a mirror image of the first with Wigan dominating for lengthy periods and having a penalty appeal for handball turned down when Di Santo's shots were charged down by James Collins and Gary Gardner.

Clean sheets were welcomed by both teams but one point apiece did neither many favours, with Wigan left frustrated and Villa fans booing McLeish at the final whistle.

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish said on the booing at the final whistle: "Nobody likes it, I can't say it is water off a duck's back and I don't mind it.

"I understand the modern-day thinking but I am not going to get into a spat with my own supporters. I need those guys."

On the match: "I thought we had the better chances and I'm disappointed we didn't take any of those. It would have been good if Robbie had scored a farewell goal but it just eluded him. We thanked him in the dressing room afterwards for what he's done.

"He's clearly a thinker and he's definitely got the speed in his brain.

On Bent's injury as Keane departs for the United States: "You can't legislate for that. You have have to get on with it."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez on the match: "In this situation you need to look at the good things and it was a good clean sheet. The individual quality of their players and their pace, I thought the way we kept clean sheet was outstanding.

"We then controlled the game and that's pleasing against a team like Aston Villa.

"We had very good possession, 14 corners, which showed a real attacking threat but hitting the back of the net was that little bit of fortune we needed and we didn't get that today."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al Habsi
  • 03 Alcaraz
  • 05 Caldwell
  • 31 Figueroa
  • 04 McCarthy (Diame - 79' )
  • 14 Gomez (Rodallega - 65' )
  • 16 McArthur
  • 17 Boyce
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 09 Di Santo
  • 11 Moses (Crusat - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 23 Stam
  • 07 Crusat
  • 08 Watson
  • 19 Jones
  • 21 Diame
  • 20 Rodallega

Aston Villa

  • 01 Given
  • 02 Hutton Booked
  • 03 Warnock
  • 06 Collins Booked
  • 24 Cuellar Booked
  • 11 Agbonlahor Booked
  • 12 Albrighton Booked (Heskey - 70' )
  • 20 Keane
  • 25 Bannan
  • 38 Gardner (Ireland - 74' )
  • 09 Bent (N'Zogbia - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Guzan
  • 32 Baker
  • 07 Ireland
  • 10 N'Zogbia
  • 31 Herd
  • 18 Heskey
  • 26 Weimann
Ref: Friend
Att: 20,601

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

6 3

Corners

14 7

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:19 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +6:49

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to centre, clearance by James Collins (Aston Villa).

90:00 +6:23

Attacking throw-in by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan).

90:00 +5:38

Defending throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

90:00 +5:23

Defending throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

90:00 +4:29

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) to far post, clearance by Franco Di Santo (Wigan).

90:00 +4:06

Attacking throw-in by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

90:00 +3:38

Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).

90:00 +2:25

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to centre, foul by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) on James Collins (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Shay Given (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +2:13

Shot by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), save (tipped round post) by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

90:00 +1:58

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

90:00 +1:21

Defending throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

90:00 +1:03

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

90:00 +0:24

Defending throw-in by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan).

89:58

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

89:18

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) to centre, header by Emile Heskey (Aston Villa) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.

88:58

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

88:32 Substitution

Substitution Wigan substitution: Victor Moses replaced by Albert Crusat (tactical).

87:52

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to centre, header by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right.

87:47

Cross by Victor Moses (Wigan), blocked by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).

87:07

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

86:09

Foul by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) on Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa). Free kick taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) from left channel (25 yards), over the bar.

86:03

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

85:24

Shot by Emile Heskey (Aston Villa) left-footed from right channel (18 yards), missed left.

85:03

Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.

83:16

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) to far post, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan).

82:33

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

82:20

Shot by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), over the bar.

81:58

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

81:29

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

81:03

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

80:04

Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by James Collins (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.

79:14

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) to centre, clearance by Franco Di Santo (Wigan).

78:35 Substitution

Substitution Wigan substitution: James McCarthy replaced by Mohamed Diame (tactical).

78:13 Substitution

Substitution Aston Villa substitution: Darren Bent replaced by Charles N'Zogbia (serious injury).

74:31

Foul by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) on Darren Bent (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by James Collins (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.

73:32 Substitution

Substitution Aston Villa substitution: Gary Gardner replaced by Stephen Ireland (tactical).

73:30

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

72:37

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.

71:04

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Victor Moses (Wigan) to out of play, resulting in ball out of play.

71:03

Shot by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by James Collins (Aston Villa).

69:55 Substitution

Substitution Aston Villa substitution: Marc Albrighton replaced by Emile Heskey (tactical).

69:54

Defending throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

69:30

Attacking throw-in by James McCarthy (Wigan).

68:21

Handball by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa). Free kick taken left-footed by James McArthur (Wigan) from own half, passed.

68:02

Defending throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

67:43

Shot by James McCarthy (Wigan) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa).

67:11

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

66:43

Attacking throw-in by James McCarthy (Wigan).

64:54

Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).

64:54 Substitution

Substitution Wigan substitution: Jordi Gomez replaced by Hugo Rodallega (tactical).

64:19 Booking

Booking Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa) booked for dissent.

63:59

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

63:22

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to centre, clearance by James Collins (Aston Villa).

63:07

Shot by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) left-footed from left channel (30 yards), blocked by Gary Gardner (Aston Villa).

62:01

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

62:00 Booking

Booking Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) booked for unsporting behaviour.

59:22

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

58:34

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to far post, header by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right.

57:46

Cross by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), clearance by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).

56:58

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

56:47

Shot by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) volleyed left-footed from left channel (30 yards), over the bar.

55:54

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to out of play, resulting in ball out of play.

55:22

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) to centre, clearance by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

54:54

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

54:24

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to far post, clearance by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).

53:43

Foul by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) on Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa). Free kick taken left-footed by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa) from own half, passed.

52:49

Foul by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) on Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Shay Given (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.

52:21

Attacking throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

51:58

Defending throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

51:03

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

50:14

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to near post, header by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right.

49:50

Defending throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

48:19

Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) from own half, passed.

48:19 Booking

Booking Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) booked for unsporting behaviour.

48:12

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) on Jordi Gomez (Wigan).

47:29

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

46:04

Header by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

45:27

Foul by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) on Gary Gardner (Aston Villa). Free kick taken left-footed by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) from right channel, resulting in open play.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:44

Cross by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa), clearance by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).

44:52

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

44:35

Shot by Robbie Keane (Aston Villa) overhead kick right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

43:48

Foul by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) on Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa). Free kick taken left-footed by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) from left wing, resulting in open play.

43:13

Defending throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

42:44

Defending throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

42:11

Cross by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), clearance by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).

40:05

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

38:55

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) to centre, header by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right.

38:27

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

38:11

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

37:37

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

37:16

Foul by Gary Gardner (Aston Villa) on Jordi Gomez (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by James McArthur (Wigan) from right channel, passed.

36:37

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

35:23

Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) from left channel, passed.

35:23 Booking

Booking James Collins (Aston Villa) booked for unsporting behaviour.

35:03

Foul by James Collins (Aston Villa) on Franco Di Santo (Wigan).

34:25

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

33:24

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to centre, clearance by Gary Gardner (Aston Villa).

33:03

Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).

32:25

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

32:08

Shot by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) left-footed from left channel (35 yards), over the bar.

31:46

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

30:57

Foul by Gary Gardner (Aston Villa) on James McArthur (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) from own half, passed.

29:39

Handball by Victor Moses (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Shay Given (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.

28:04

Free kick crossed left-footed by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) from left channel, clearance by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

28:04 Booking

Booking Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) booked for unsporting behaviour.

27:56

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) on Victor Moses (Wigan).

26:56

Cross by Victor Moses (Wigan), clearance by James Collins (Aston Villa).

26:38

Cross by Jordi Gomez (Wigan), clearance by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

24:55

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

24:14

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) to centre, resulting in ball out of play.

23:47

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to far post, clearance by James Collins (Aston Villa).

23:00

Foul by Robbie Keane (Aston Villa) on Victor Moses (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) from left channel, passed.

21:42

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

20:46

Handball by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa). Free kick taken left-footed by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) from right wing (20 yards), over the bar.

20:42

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

20:02

Defending throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

19:20

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

18:34

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

17:21

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

16:55

Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

16:37

Shot by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

15:57

Foul by James McCarthy (Wigan) on Alan Hutton (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by James Collins (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.

15:35

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

15:06

Attacking throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

14:16

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) to centre, clearance by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

13:56

Shot by Darren Bent (Aston Villa) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (tipped round post) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

11:33

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

10:55

Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

10:44

Goal kick taken short by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

10:03

Cross by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa), clearance by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

9:44

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

9:04

Defending throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

8:13

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) to far post, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan).

7:59

Shot by Robbie Keane (Aston Villa) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (tipped round post) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).

7:08

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

6:44

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

6:08

Jean Beausejour (Wigan) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Shay Given (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.

4:55

Foul by Gary Gardner (Aston Villa) on Victor Moses (Wigan). Free kick taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) from left wing, shot by James McArthur (Wigan) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).

4:06

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

3:43

Shot by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) volleyed right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right.

3:22

Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).

3:00

Defending throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).

2:34

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

1:43

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) to far post, shot by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) volleyed right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

0:50

Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

0:30

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) on Maynor Figueroa (Wigan). Free kick taken left-footed by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) from own half, passed.

0:11

Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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