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Callum McManaman takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
Unfair challenge on Emmerson Boyce by Andreas Weimann results in a free kick. Andreas Weimann shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Ivan Ramis.
Jordan Bowery takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Callum McManaman. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
Handball decision goes against Arouna Kone. Callum McManaman replaces Arouna Kone. Barry Bannan takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Andreas Weimann goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Jordan Bowery takes a short corner.
The offside flag is raised against Arouna Kone. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.
Andreas Weimann gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney. Direct free kick taken by James McCarthy.
Marc Albrighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Franco Di Santo. Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick.
Maynor Figueroa fouled by Matthew Lowton, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Lowton goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
Jordi Gomez on for Jean Beausejour.
Shot from just outside the area by Joe Bennett misses to the left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Marc Albrighton, Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.
Marc Albrighton fouled by Jean Beausejour, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Bannan.
Corner taken by Marc Albrighton.
Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, Jean Beausejour gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton from the right by-line, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Joe Bennett, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo by Chris Herd results in a free kick. Shaun Maloney produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, clearance by Gary Caldwell.
Andreas Weimann produces a cross, Ivan Ramis makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Matthew Lowton, save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivan Ramis by Joe Bennett. James McArthur replaces David Jones. Free kick taken by Ivan Ramis.
Karim El Ahmadi replaces Stephen Ireland. Brett Holman leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Bowery. Marc Albrighton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eric Lichaj.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Stephen Ireland. Free kick taken by Jean Beausejour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Jones on Andreas Weimann. Free kick taken by Barry Bannan.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Franco Di Santo. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Joe Bennett by Ivan Ramis results in a free kick. Barry Bannan takes the free kick.
Arouna Kone grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-3 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from Franco Di Santo.
Shaun Maloney fouled by Barry Bannan, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Bannan booked. Direct free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
Arouna Kone takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
Emmerson Boyce finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-2 Wigan.Assist by Arouna Kone.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Franco Di Santo on Matthew Lowton. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.
Eric Lichaj crosses the ball, Header from close range by Christian Benteke clears the bar.
Christian Benteke produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Long range shot from Brett Holman misses to the left of the target.
Brett Holman takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Maloney on Joe Bennett. Caution for Shaun Maloney. Barry Bannan restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Lowton produces a cross.
Centre by Joe Bennett, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Franco Di Santo on Joe Bennett. Free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.
Christian Benteke is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
The referee shows Emmerson Boyce a yellow card for time wasting.
The offside flag is raised against Andreas Weimann. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
Joe Bennett sends in a cross, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
Franco Di Santo fouled by Chris Herd, the ref awards a free kick. David Jones takes the free kick.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Blocked by Ivan Ramis.
The ball is swung over by Joe Bennett.
Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, Joe Bennett manages to make a clearance.
Jean Beausejour delivers the ball, clearance made by Chris Herd.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Bannan, Shaun Maloney makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Arouna Kone from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Chris Herd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour.
Stephen Ireland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Jones. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Benteke. Barry Bannan takes the direct free kick.
Shaun Maloney takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
The ball is crossed by Emmerson Boyce.
David Jones challenges Barry Bannan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Lowton restarts play with the free kick.
Stephen Ireland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.
Andreas Weimann has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Shot by Franco Di Santo from a long way out goes over the target.
Brett Holman concedes a free kick for a foul on James McCarthy. Ivan Ramis takes the direct free kick.
Shaun Maloney takes a corner.
Andreas Weimann sends in a cross.
Jean Beausejour crosses the ball, Matthew Lowton makes a clearance.
Ciaran Clark concedes a free kick for a foul on Franco Di Santo. Ivan Ramis restarts play with the free kick.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour from the left by-line, Ivan Ramis grabs a headed goal from close range. Aston Villa 0-1 Wigan.Assist by Jean Beausejour.
Stephen Ireland challenges Shaun Maloney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Lambert urging swift response to heavy defeats
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists there is no point dwelling on his side's nightmare start to the festive period as they aim to get back on track in their crucial home clash against fellow strugglers Wigan.
Villa were comprehensively brushed aside 8-0 at Chelsea last weekend - their biggest-ever defeat in the Barclays Premier League era - before being outplayed 4-0 at home by Tottenham on Boxing Day.
The double whammy, which came after a solid six-match unbeaten run that included a 3-1 win at Liverpool, leaves Villa in 19th place in the table at the halfway stage of the season, just three points above Saturday's opponents Wigan, who currently occupy the final relegation spot.
But Lambert, as positive as ever, insists the only way is forward and not back.
"I think I have always said that even when you win you let it go as quick as you can. You have to get it out of your system - the two defeats - as best we can," he said.
"If someone had said you'd take three points from Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham I think everyone would bite your hand off.
"But because you've been smacked twice everyone thinks 'oh, here we go' but I can't let two games distract from what we are trying to build here."
Lambert added: "You have to respond. There's no point in going out there and feeling sorry for yourself given the amount of people who come and watch us.
"We have to to try to rectify it and that's what we'll do. We are hurt like anyone else but you try not to beat yourself up about it."
The midlands outfit have undoubtedly struggled due to injury this season, with defender Nathan Baker the latest to enter the treatment room after he was forced off with a hamstring problem just before half-time against Spurs.
Baker joins captain Ron Vlaar (calf), Gabriel Agbonlahor (thigh), Charles N'Zogbia (knee), Darren Bent (hamstring), Richard Dunne (groin) and Andreas Weimann (calf) on the sidelines.
Wigan head to Villa Park with manager Roberto Martinez claiming he is facing his own window of uncertainty.
The Latics will haul their way out of the bottom three at Villa's expense if they manage to end their run of six matches without a win.
Yet even victory against a team that has conceded 12 times in its last two games won't have Martinez sleeping easily as the transfer window is looming.
And whilst Martinez has already started the process of bringing in new players - Angelo Henriquez on loan from Manchester United and Honduran midfielder Roger Espinoza - others are being linked with moves elsewhere, namely goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi and striker Franco di Santo.
"I don't agree with the window being open whilst you are playing official games," said Martinez.
"Sometimes we forget about the human part of the footballer.
"Everybody wants to hear what the next step in their career is. But that can become very disrespectful to the team and the fans when you are playing games.
"Victor Moses played against Chelsea in the opening game and their fans were singing 'we'll see you next week'. That is how incredible this situation is.
"Players should be allowed to think about their careers and their next move at the right time.
"In our case, these next five or six matches could be the most important five or six games in the club's history."
Di Santo is in line to return to Martinez's line-up, although the game might come too soon for hamstring injury victim Ivan Ramis
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