• Date: Tue 16 March 2010
  • Venue: DW Stadium
  • Ref: Bennett, S
  • Attendance: 16,186
Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic

Caldwell, G (27)

1 - 2
Aston Villa

Aston Villa

Milner (63)

Wigan Athletic vs Aston Villa

Team Lineups

Wigan Athletic

Chris Kirkland
Gary Caldwell, G
Emmerson Boyce (Jason Scotland, 90)
Titus Bramble
Maynor Figueroa
Hendry Thomas
Charles N'Zogbia (Victor Moses, 56)
James McCarthy (Paul Scharner, 71)
Mohamed Diame
Marcelo Moreno
Hugo Rodallega

Aston Villa

Brad Friedel
Richard Dunne
Carlos Cuellar
Stephen Warnock
James Collins
Stewart Downing
Ashley Young, A
James Milner
Stiliyan Petrov
John Carew (Emile Heskey, 81)
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Steve Sidwell, 81)

Match Report
James Milner underlined his England World Cup credentials by netting the winner as Aston Villa enhanced their Champions League aspirations with a 2-1 victory at Wigan Athletic. The midfielder was in superb form as Villa comfortably collected the win at the DW Stadium that moved them to within three points of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Villa had taken the lead midway through the first half through James McCarthy's own goal but Gary Caldwell levelled before Milner's long-ranger sealed the points. Villa went into the match as the only unbeaten Premier League side in 2010 and they looked like maintaining that record early on. Ashley Young thought he had given Martin O'Neill's men the lead on 16 minutes but his effort was chalked off after the linesman raised his flag for offside. Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa then forced keeper Brad Friedel into action before the Latics pressed the self-destruct button. Winger Stewart Downing's cross was headed back across the face of goal by John Carew and rookie midfielder McCarthy inadvertently turned the ball into his own goal. But Roberto Martinez's men were behind for less than a minute - Charles N'Zogbia's dangerous cross flicking the head of defender Caldwell for the equaliser. Villa should have led at half-time after Ashley Young released Carew in the box, but keeper Chris Kirkland stood tall to thwart the danger. Buoyed by their let-off, Wigan started the second half well with Marcelo Moreno curling an effort narrowly wide of the post. But Villa regained the lead in the 63rd minute as the home defence failed to clear an Ashley Young corner and Milner rifled the ball home from 25 yards. Martinez's men were visibly deflated by the ex-Leeds midfielder's goal and the visitors went into cruise control. Substitute Victor Moses attempted to force Wigan back into the game late on but Friedel made a routine save and Villa held on for the win.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The final whistle is blown. Villa were sharper in attack and did enough to earn the win, which leaves Wigan deep in relegation trouble.


Moses' delivery is well dealt with by Villa - they are so good at coping with crosses and set pieces.


Dunne concedes a corner - last chance for Wigan?


Villa are holding onto their lead with some ease - Wigan just can't get a sight of goal.


Four minutes of injury time will be added.


Emmerson Boyce makes way for Jason Scotland.


Wigan are trying to get the ball forward quickly, but Villa are standing firm in defence.


Mohamed Diame has a chance to shoot in the Villa box, but he miscues totally and the visitors clear.


The match is becoming scrappy, which will suit Villa - Wigan can't sustain any pressure on the visitors' goal.


Scharner flights a tempting ball over the top for Moses, but Stephen Warnock clears behind. Moses' corner is cleared.


John Carew makes way for Emile Heskey.


Steve Sidwell replaces Gabriel Agbonlahor.


Paul Scharner tries his luck after good work by Figueroa and Rodallega, but his effort is off-target.


Wigan have probably seen more of the ball tonight but they have lacked the cutting edge of the visitors.


Wigan are pressing hard for an equaliser, but Villa are happy soaking up pressure - they are so strong defensively and have plenty of counter-attacking options.


Hugo Rodallega goes down in the box, but the loud appeals for a penalty are waved away.


Paul Scharner replaces James McCarthy.


James Collins heads wide of goal from an Ashley Young corner.


Marcelo Moreno has a weak effort easily saved by Friedel.


Kirkland saves well from Agbonlahor - the chances continue to come.


Emmerson Boyce does well to block another Milner effort.


Victor Moses bursts into the Villa box but a James Collins block denies him.


Chris Kirkland has been reliable tonight but flaps at a cross, letting James Milner fire Villa in front from the edge of the area.


Wigan are edging the second half, with Villa unable to utilise their pacey movement that makes them so dangerous.


McCarthy finds Rodallega after good play from Moses, but the substantial figure of Dunne blocks the shot.


Wigan are much narrower since N'Zogbia left the field.


Wigan's big guns come up for a McCarthy corner, but Villa clear their lines.


Roberto Martinez makes the first change, Victor Moses coming on for Charles N'Zogbia, who appears to be struggling with a knock.


Ashley Young wriggles free on the edge of Wigan's box, but his effort sails over the bar.


The second half is yet to hit the heights of the first, with the midfield a congested area.


There were no changes at the break, with both managers seemingly pleased with what they saw in the opening period.


Wigan nearly take the lead seconds after the restart, Marcelo Moreno firing into Friedel's side netting.

Second half

Villa get the second half underway.

Half time

An entertaining half comes to an end.


Kirkland races off his line out to deny Milner - the Wigan keeper has been in good form tonight.


Two minutes of first half stoppage time will be played.


James Milner lets fly from distance but Kirkland is able to watch the shot go wide.


This half has flown by - both teams have been enterprising in attack in what has been an open game.

Yellow Card

Richard Dunne goes into Steve Bennett's notebook for a foul on Hendry Thomas.


John Carew breaks quickly and forces Chris Kirkland into a neat save.


Emmerson whips in a cross to Friedel's back post, but Rodallega can't get on the end of it.


Agbonlahor shoots well off-target after Collins cushioned a Downing corner into his path.

Yellow Card

Hugo Rodallega is cautioned for charging down a corner.


This is an open game - Villa win a succession of corners after pegging Wigan back in their half.


Rodallega shoots wide after good approach play by McCarthy - Wigan are attacking with great intensity.


Those goals have really livened up this match - N'Zogbia wriggles free but has his shot blocked by Collins.


An immediate response from Wigan, Gary Caldwell glancing in a Charles N'Zogbia cross after good work by McCarthy.


James McCarthy puts through his own net to give Villa the lead. Carew's header should have been cleared but McCarthy sliced past Kirkland when it appeared easier to clear.

Yellow Card

Titus Bramble is booked for a foul on Agbonlahor.


Rodallega tests Friedel with a firm shot, but the big American did not have to move.


Wigan are still enjoying more possession, but Villa look more potent in attack.


Agbonlahor has made a lively start - he is found in space in the Wigan box and a goal-bound shot is well-blocked by Figueroa.


John Carew tries his luck at the other end, but his weak effort drifts well wide.


Figueroa again lets fly with his powerful left foot, Friedel making a regulation low save.


James Milner finds Agbonlahor whose cross for Ashley Young is slotted past Chris Kirkland, but Agbonlahor was again offside.


Agbonlahor is caught offside twice in quick succession - Wigan need to be wary of the threat of his pace behind their backline.


Villa's first attack brings a corner after an Ashley Young cross is cleared behind. Downing's delivery comes off Gabriel Agbonlahor for a goal-kick.


Wigan continue to boss possession, a string of passes ending with a fierce Maynor Figueroa shot that flies over the bar.


Wigan are seeing more of the ball early on, with Charles N'Zogbia a target on the left flank.


Hugo Rodallega bursts down the right flank but optimistically shoots rather than trying to find a cross. Goal kick to Villa.


A scrappy start with neither side settling from the kick-off.


Referee Steve Bennett eventually gets play underway - it is a delayed start at DW Stadium.

Awaiting Kickoff

Wigan have lost only two their nine previous Premier League clashes with Villa, but those defeats came in their most recent home matches against tonight's opponents.

Awaiting Kickoff

Martin O'Neill makes one alteration to the team that was held to a goalless draw at Stoke last time out, Gabriel Agbonlahor coming in for Emile Heskey.

Awaiting Kickoff

Wigan make two changes from the team hammered 4-0 at Bolton, Hendry Thomas and Marcelo Moreno coming in for Paul Scharner and Victor Moses.