Match ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Aston Villa 0.
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."
- 13PilkingtonSubstituted forJacobsat 60'minutes
- 5MorsyBooked at 13mins
- 18RobertsSubstituted forByrneat 72'minutes
- 10WindassBooked at 66mins
- 41GarnerBooked at 38minsSubstituted forVaughanat 88'minutes
- 28L Kalinic
- 24ElphickSubstituted forHauseat 63'minutes
- 3TaylorBooked at 64mins
- 20BjarnasonBooked at 54minsSubstituted forWhelanat 63'minutes
- 22El GhaziSubstituted forAdomahat 63'minutes
- Tony Harrington
- Shots on Target
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, 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! 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! 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).