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  • Date:07 May 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:36,293
  • Young (16)
  • N'Zogbia (9)

Live Commentary

91:42 +1.42

Hugo Rodallega has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the right of the target.


Franco Di Santo challenges Marc Albrighton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.


Ashley Young shown a yellow card.


Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.


James McArthur is brought on as a substitute for Victor Moses.


Nigel Reo-Coker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo. Ben Watson takes the direct free kick.


Stewart Downing takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Tom Cleverley. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.


Luke Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Watson, clearance made by James Collins.


Foul by Marc Albrighton on James McCarthy, free kick awarded. Antolin Alcaraz takes the free kick.


Shot on goal by Stewart Downing from just inside the area clears the crossbar.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker by Franco Di Santo. Kyle Walker takes the free kick.


Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, clearance by Tom Cleverley.


Charles N'Zogbia goes off and Franco Di Santo comes on.


Marc Albrighton decides to take the corner short.


Emmerson Boyce challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.


The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton.


Effort from a long way out by Richard Dunne goes wide left of the net.


Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Kyle Walker, free kick awarded. Ashley Young delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Victor Moses.


Emmerson Boyce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Albrighton. Direct free kick taken by Luke Young.


Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, save by Ali Al Habsi.


Victor Moses takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.


Stewart Downing takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.


Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.


Stewart Downing produces a cross, save made by Ali Al Habsi.


Stewart Downing produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

45:52 +0.52

Short corner taken by Ben Watson from the right by-line.

45:33 +0.33

Antolin Alcaraz takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.

45:22 +0.22

Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Walker.


Emile Heskey goes off and Marc Albrighton comes on.


Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia.


Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson, Kyle Walker makes a clearance.


Effort from deep inside the area by Charles N'Zogbia misses to the right of the goal.


Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.


Unfair challenge on Victor Moses by James Collins results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.


Emile Heskey booked for dissent.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Moses on Luke Young. Luke Young takes the direct free kick.


Ashley Young takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.


Foul by Gary Caldwell on Darren Bent, free kick awarded. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.


Corner taken by Ben Watson.


Emile Heskey takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.


Gary Caldwell challenges Darren Bent unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Charles N'Zogbia. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.


Ashley Young scores a goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from Stiliyan Petrov.


Ashley Young fouled by Ben Watson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.


Charles N'Zogbia challenges Kyle Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Collins takes the direct free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Richard Dunne. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.


Charles N'Zogbia gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Wigan.Victor Moses provided the assist for the goal.


Centre by Ashley Young, clearance by Gary Caldwell.


A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

McAllister sees no need for Villa overhaul Gary McAllister insists Aston Villa do not need "major surgery" to their squad this summer for them to again become challengers for a European spot. Villa's caretaker boss acknowledges that this season has been a disappointment after three successive top six finishes in the Barclays Premier League. But McAllister is confident the midlands club can look forward with optimism once manager Gerard Houllier - currently recuperating from a heart problem - has had time to stamp his mark on the club. McAllister, who will again be in charge for the home clash with Wigan, said: "We should be looking at the European positions and that goes without saying. "Everything is here and set up for that. That has got to be the target. "You can't necessarily jump from sixth, seventh, eighth right up to those top four places. "Everyone has got to hold their hands up and say those top four spots are very hard to obtain these days. "There are loads of factors coming into play to get this club to that level. "But that next group of teams is where Aston Villa have got to be targeting themselves without a shadow of a doubt. "Everything is here, it's equipped to do that, players, stadia, training facilities." Villa could lose the services of Ashley Young - believed to be a potential target for Manchester United - and out of contract Nigel Reo-Coker this summer. But McAllister does not believe Villa require a radical overhaul of the current squad. He said: "There has got to be time given to Gerard Houllier to get his philosophy into the club. "To get that philosophy into the club, you've got to get a certain type of player. "We've got good players here and it is not major surgery needed here, just a little tickle here and there. "You might think at the moment we are miles away but I don't think that is the case." Striker Emile Heskey is available after missing the 2-1 defeat at West Brom last weekend with a knee problem. But midfielder Jean Makoun has still not fully recovered from a dead leg and will not be considered against the Latics. Meanwhile, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has told his players they are in control of their own destiny and should seize the opportunity to get over what he believes could be a very significant hurdle. With three matches remaining the Latics are still in the relegation zone but only because of a worse goal difference by one than Blackpool, who appear to have a much tougher run-in. The Seasiders have been on the slide since the turn of the year, having begun their maiden Barclays Premier League campaign so brightly, whereas Wigan have always been looking up the table. Martinez thinks surviving this season could be a watershed moment for his squad as he expects them to very quickly grow in stature. "In a very strange way they need to enjoy this challenge because that is something which is going to help them progress in their careers," said the Spaniard. "In this situation it is very difficult to enjoy the day-to-day because you care about the situation but it is important once the players are on the pitch they enjoy their football. "If you don't enjoy your football you cannot be as good or as composed as you have to be. "If they enjoy their football during the games we will achieve our aims, I have no doubt about that. "It is challenges like this which allow you to be as good as you can. "They need to see how much they can control the outcome of this challenge, that is very important, and they are ready to do that. "This process is a very hard and tough one but it will allow us to improve a lot quicker. "The moment we are successful in this challenge is when everyone will kick on and gain the rewards of this fight and pressure situation. "The whole season we have been in this situation and I don't like to look back for excuses. "This season was about making sure we achieved our aim, which was another successful season for the club and staying in the Premier League. "We have three games to achieve that." Midfielders Charles N'Zogbia and Mohamed Diame are Wigan's two injury worries ahead of tomorrow's trip to Aston Villa. N'Zogbia sustained a dead leg in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Everton but indications suggest he will recover in time. Diame was forced off against the Toffees with a groin problem but will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness.

Formation:442Manager: Gerard Houllier

Aston Villa

Formation: 442Manager: Roberto Martinez


  • Brad Friedel
  • Kyle Walker
  • James Collins
  • Richard Dunne
  • Luke Young
  • Stewart Downing
  • Nigel Reo-Coker
  • Stiliyan Petrov
  • Ashley Young
  • Darren Bent
  • Emile Heskey
  • SUBS
  • Andy Marshall
  • Robert Pires
  • Marc Albrighton
  • Michael Bradley
  • Nathan Delfouneso
  • Fabian Delph
  • Carlos Cuellar



Match Report

Heskey escapes as Wigan grab survival point Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey was fortunate not to be sent off after making contact with referee Mike Jones as relegation-threatened Wigan earned a precious point with a 1-1 draw in the battle for survival. Heskey lost his composure after not winning a free-kick and appeared to barge into the official. But he escaped with a yellow card and was substituted at half-time. Charles N'Zogbia gave the Latics the lead but Ashley Young levelled for the home side with his ninth goal of the campaign. A share of the spoils has banished any lingering relegation fears for Villa. They were not at their best with only winger Stewart Downing and midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker emerging with full credit. But Wigan's survival hopes are still alive ahead of next week's crunch meeting with West Ham after fully deserving to collect a point with N'Zogbia always a threat. After 10 minutes N'Zogbia stunned Villa by giving Wigan a 10th minute lead. Moses made a purposeful run before slipping the ball into N'Zogbia whose low left-footed shot flew past Brad Friedel into the corner of the net. It was his eighth goal of the campaign. Villa tried to retaliate and skipper Stiliyan Petrov's flighted pass almost played in Stewart Downing but he could not bring it under control. But after 17 minutes Ashley Young brought Villa on level terms. The England winger, who was being watched from the stands by Fabio Capello, was brought down in a central position 20 yards out by Ben Watson. Ashley Young played a short free-kick to Petrov before himself curling a low shot wide of the defensive wall into the corner of the net. Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi made a fine save to keep out a shot on the turn from Heskey after he had shown good skill to carve out the opening. The home side won another free-kick in a promising position after Caldwell brought down Darren Bent. But this time Ashley Young's curling attempt did not trouble Al Habsi. Heskey was shown a yellow card after 33 minutes after he appeared to barge into referee Mike Jones. He was clearly unhappy at not being given a free-kick after a tussle with Caldwell. Heskey appeared to have lost his self control and skipper Petrov was spoken to by referee Jones about the behaviour of the striker. The Villa fans appealed for a penalty after Ashley Young went down in the box but replays showed there was no contact made. Al Habsi got his body behind a Petrov low drive after being teed up by Bent. N'Zogbia scuffed his shot wide after carving a chance for himself and then Dunne made a crucial block to deny Antolin Alcaraz. Villa caretaker manager Gary McAllister replaced Heskey with Marc Albrighton for the second period. Ashley Young set up an opportunity for Luke Young but he miskicked and Downing powered his shot over the bar after seizing onto the loose ball. Downing had a fierce shot blocked by Caldwell but Wigan were knocking the ball around with confidence despite their lowly position. Friedel went down to cling onto Moses' shot on the turn. Wigan came within inches of taking the lead after 77 minutes when Di Santo's flick on was seized on by Hugo Rodallega. He turned sharply and his low shot beat Friedel but flashed just past the post. Bent could have won the game for Villa when he found himself one on one with Al Habsi but his shot was blocked.

Form Guide

  • Aston Villa
  • VS
  • Wigan

Last Meetings

  • Wigan
  • 1 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 25/01/2011
  • Wigan
  • 1 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 16/03/2010
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 2
  • Wigan
  • 15/08/2009
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 0
  • Wigan
  • 31/01/2009
  • Wigan
  • 0 - 4
  • Aston Villa
  • 26/10/2008
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 2
  • Wigan
  • 03/05/2008

Top Scorers

Aston Villa

  • D Bent 7
  • S Downing 6
  • M Albrighton 5
  • E Heskey 3
  • J Collins 3
  • G Agbonlahor 3
  • C Clark 3
  • A Young 2
  • L Young 1
  • S Petrov 1
  • K Walker 1


  • H Rodallega 8
  • C N'Zogbia 6
  • T Cleverley 4
  • J McCarthy 3
  • S Gohouri 1
  • AV Alcaraz 1
  • B Watson 1
  • R Stam 1
  • M Figueroa 1
  • M Diame 1
  • J Gomez 1
  • V Moses 1
  • F Di Santo 1


Aston Villa

    • Total goals 101
    • Goals per game 44
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 15 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 92
    • Goals per game 35
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 10 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins