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Wigan 3-0 Aston Villa: Latics end eight-game winless run with thumping victory

Gary Roberts
Gary Roberts scored in Wigan's previous win, getting the first in a 3-1 win over Blackburn on 28 November

Struggling Wigan hammered Aston Villa to win for the first time since November and further dent Villa's flagging play-off hopes.

The hosts took a deserved lead before the break when Gary Roberts thumped home after being set up by debutant Anthony Pilkington.

The visitors made a triple change with just under half an hour to play but Wigan wrapped up the victory thanks to a Michael Jacobs header and a late Joe Garner penalty.

It was a dismal afternoon for Dean Smith's side, who have now won just one of their past eight games in all competitions and slip to 12th in the table.

Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham, who turned down the chance to join Wolves earlier this week, missed a fine early chance to put Villa in front after poor distribution from Latics keeper Jamie Jones helped Yannick Bolasie play the England man in on goal.

That was as good as it got for the visitors as the Latics took control of the game and never looked remotely troubled thereafter, Garner securing the points after Josh Windass had been bundled over by sub Glenn Whelan.

Victory for Paul Cook's men moved them six points clear of relegation danger, as they look to avoid an immediate return to League One.

Wigan travel to Sheffield Wednesday next week, while Aston Villa host in-form Hull City looking for a first home win since 25 November.

Wigan manager Paul Cook: "I'm delighted to win. It's been a tough couple of months for us, since we beat Blackburn at home (on 28 November).

"But watching us, you could never imagine we were a team that was in trouble. From the first to the 90th minute we were excellent.

"We coped with any danger at our end, but also all of the key decisions went our way. To win games, sometimes that's the way it's got to be. And in the blink of an eye, suddenly the world seems a brighter place."

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith: "I told the players after the game this is the bottom of where I've been so far in my managerial career. And it should be the bottom of where Aston Villa is.

"I'm an Aston Villa fan and to lose 3-0 two weeks on the spin is very, very disappointing. That performance was rubbish - it was very poor.

"I've got to earn my money now and make sure it never happens again. Overall I thought they ran harder than we did and that's the disappointing thing."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 23Jones
  • 12James
  • 22Dunkley
  • 21Kipre
  • 20Naismith
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forJacobsat 60'minutes
  • 5MorsyBooked at 13mins
  • 36Evans
  • 18RobertsSubstituted forByrneat 72'minutes
  • 10WindassBooked at 66mins
  • 41GarnerBooked at 38minsSubstituted forVaughanat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walton
  • 2Byrne
  • 8Vaughan
  • 9Grigg
  • 15McManaman
  • 17Jacobs
  • 26Connolly

Aston Villa

  • 28L Kalinic
  • 16Bree
  • 24ElphickSubstituted forHauseat 63'minutes
  • 5Chester
  • 3TaylorBooked at 64mins
  • 20BjarnasonBooked at 54minsSubstituted forWhelanat 63'minutes
  • 22El GhaziSubstituted forAdomahat 63'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 14Hourihane
  • 11Bolasie
  • 18Abraham

Substitutes

  • 6Whelan
  • 9Hogan
  • 12Steer
  • 17Davis
  • 21Hutton
  • 30Hause
  • 37Adomah
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
13,882

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Aston Villa 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Aston Villa 0.

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa).

Reece James (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by James Chester (Aston Villa).

James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Vaughan replaces Joe Garner.

Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa).

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 3, Aston Villa 0. Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Wigan Athletic. Josh Windass draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic).

James Bree (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Aston Villa 0. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lee Evans with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Conor Hourihane.

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kortney Hause (Aston Villa).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Kal Naismith.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nathan Byrne replaces Gary Roberts.

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

Booking

Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic).

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gary Roberts with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Conor Hourihane.

Attempt saved. Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Neil Taylor (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Glenn Whelan replaces Birkir Bjarnason.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah replaces Anwar El Ghazi.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Kortney Hause replaces Tommy Elphick.

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Neil Taylor (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Michael Jacobs replaces Anthony Pilkington.

goal

As It Stood

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2Sheff Utd27155746281850
3Norwich27148549351450
4West Brom27138655352047
5Middlesbrough271210530191146
6Derby2712783834443
7Bristol City2711883429541
8Birmingham2791263930939
9Nottm Forest2791263931839
10Hull27116103933639
11QPR27116103335-239
12Aston Villa2791174943638
13Swansea27107103632437
14Blackburn2791083541-637
15Stoke2781183134-335
16Sheff Wed2788113245-1332
17Brentford27710103937231
18Preston2779113944-530
19Wigan2785142840-1229
20Millwall2777133343-1028
21Rotherham27510122542-1725
22Reading2758143041-1123
23Bolton2757151840-2222
24Ipswich2739152246-2418
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