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Emile Heskey is ruled offside. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
Barry Bannan delivers the ball, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Franco Di Santo. Save made by Shay Given.
Shot by Andreas Weimann. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Victor Moses produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Save made by Shay Given. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson, save by Shay Given.
Emile Heskey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Victor Moses sends in a cross.
Stiliyan Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses. Ben Watson takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Maynor Figueroa, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Andreas Weimann comes on in place of Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Conor Sammon comes on in place of James McCarthy.
Effort on goal by Victor Moses from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Shaun Maloney fouled by Emile Heskey, the ref awards a free kick. Shaun Maloney takes the direct free kick.
Victor Moses decides to take a short corner, A cross is delivered by Ben Watson.
The ball is delivered by James McArthur.
Charles N'Zogbia replaces Darren Bent.
Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Save by Shay Given. Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Save by Shay Given. Foul by Barry Bannan on Franco Di Santo, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Ben Watson, clearance by Barry Bannan. Short corner worked by Ben Watson. Ben Watson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Bent. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
Shaun Maloney on for Mohamed Diame.
Foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Victor Moses, free kick awarded. Mohamed Diame takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Victor Moses, save by Shay Given.
Barry Bannan takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
Effort on goal by Stiliyan Petrov from 30 yards. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Mohamed Diame challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
Stiliyan Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame. Free kick taken by Mohamed Diame.
Centre by Mohamed Diame.
Inswinging corner taken by Ben Watson from the left by-line, Barry Bannan makes a clearance.
Emmerson Boyce delivers the ball, clearance by Barry Bannan.
Mohamed Diame takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, A goal is scored by Darren Bent from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-0 Wigan.Assist on the goal came from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Ben Watson challenges Fabian Delph unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Ireland goes off and Emile Heskey comes on. Darren Bent shoots direct from the free kick.
James McArthur replaces Ronnie Stam.
Corner taken by Ben Watson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by James Collins.
Alan Hutton sends in a cross.
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan from the left by-line played to the near post, Franco Di Santo makes a clearance.
Shot from 25 yards from Barry Bannan. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
The ball is swung over by Barry Bannan, clearance by Patrick Van Aanholt.
Stephen Warnock delivers the ball, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.
Alan Hutton produces a cross.
Stiliyan Petrov decides to take a short corner, Barry Bannan delivers the ball, clearance made by Franco Di Santo.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.
Darren Bent concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Caldwell. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
Franco Di Santo challenges Alan Hutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Shay Given.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emmerson Boyce by Fabian Delph. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Effort from outside the box by Gabriel Agbonlahor goes wide right of the target.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Warnock, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Victor Moses. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
The ball is sent over by Fabian Delph, clearance by Patrick Van Aanholt.
Centre by Victor Moses.
Corner from left by-line crossed in by Ben Watson, Darren Bent manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Victor Moses, James Collins makes a clearance.
Gabriel Agbonlahor scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Wigan.Barry Bannan provided the assist for the goal.
Alan Hutton produces a cross, clearance by Patrick Van Aanholt.
Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Ronnie Stam results in a free kick. Stephen Warnock crosses the ball in from the free kick, Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.
Ronnie Stam has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
Shot from just outside the box by Stephen Ireland goes over the bar.
Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
Unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo by Richard Dunne results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Watson.
A cross is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.
Darren Bent challenges Gary Caldwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Watson restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
Darren Bent has an effort at goal. Save made by Ali Al Habsi. Stiliyan Petrov takes the outswinging corner, James McCarthy makes a clearance.
Patrick Van Aanholt takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
Fabian Delph has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
Patrick Van Aanholt produces a cross, Shay Given makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the right by-line, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
Shot from outside the box by Mohamed Diame goes wide right of the target.
Gary Caldwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. The referee books Gary Caldwell for unsporting behaviour. Barry Bannan produces a cross, Header from close range by Darren Bent misses to the right of the goal.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Victor Moses takes a weak shot. Blocked by James Collins.
Stephen Ireland crosses the ball, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Short corner worked by Stiliyan Petrov, Barry Bannan delivers the ball, clearance made by Emmerson Boyce.
Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Blocked by Maynor Figueroa.
Right-footed shot by Stiliyan Petrov missed to the right of the net.
Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Ben Watson challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
The ball is sent over by Alan Hutton, James McCarthy makes a clearance.
Patrick Van Aanholt sends in a cross, save by Shay Given.
Ben Watson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Darren Bent.
Ben Watson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Alan Hutton. Ben Watson takes a short corner.
Patrick Van Aanholt sends in a cross, blocked by James Collins.
A cross is delivered by Stephen Warnock, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.
Gary Caldwell fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
Victor Moses crosses the ball, Shay Given makes a save.
Ronnie Stam produces a cross, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
Effort from 25 yards by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Jenas set for Villa bow
On-loan Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas is in contention to make his Aston Villa debut in the Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan after recovering from a thigh problem.
Record signing Darren Bent has shaken off a groin injury while fellow striker Emile Heskey is also in the frame after a recent hamstring setback.
Villa boss Alex McLeish will give a late fitness test to defender James Collins who suffered an ankle knock against QPR last weekend. Carlos Cuellar, Chris Herd and Eric Lichaj remain sidelined.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is wary of the threat of Charles N'Zogbia, but does not think he is at his best yet with Villa.
N'Zogbia will face his old club for the first time since making a summer switch to Villa Park.
Martinez said: "He is only happy when he is on the pitch and when you get players like that it is just a matter of time before they are successful.
"But it is going to take time to be himself. I hope he hits his best moment of form further down the season.
"If on Saturday he can have a quiet moment it would be much appreciated."
Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce is close to a recall having recovered from the hamstring problem which has kept him out of the last two league matches.
His return would be welcome as Steve Gohouri is suspended having been sent off against Tottenham last week.
Fellow defender Antolin Alcaraz (thigh) and striker Hugo Rodallega (knee) are unavailable.
Gabi on the mark for Villa
Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor inspired Aston Villa to a 2-0 Barclays Premier League win over Wigan.
Agbonlahor scored his fourth league goal of the campaign to break the deadlock before the break and created the second for Darren Bent.
Only a series of fine saves by Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi prevented Villa - still unbeaten in the league this season - from winning by a more emphatic margin.
Villa boss Alex McLeish had called for his side's creative players to step up to the mark - and they answered his call.
Agbonlahor, in particular, was back to his best and demonstrated the form which earned him his breakthrough at England level.
Bent also looked sharp after his injury lay-off, midfielder Barry Bannan always threatened to unlock the Wigan defence and Stephen Warnock impressed at left-back.
Wigan only threatened after the introduction of former Villa midfielder Shaun Maloney in the final quarter of the game and have now suffered four successive league defeats.
Villa were the first to threaten with Agbonlahor making a powerful run but his eventual shot was deflected into the hands of Al Habsi.
A deep ball into the Wigan box from Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov was headed by Bent into the path of the lively Agbonlahor but he was unable to keep his shot down.
Bent seized on a mistake by Mohamed Diame and teed up Stephen Ireland whose shot was deflected wide in a promising start by the home side.
Wigan skipper Gary Caldwell became the first player to be booked after 19 minutes after appearing to catch Agbonlahor with an below.
Bent connected with the resulting free-kick from Bannan but he could not keep his header down.
Bent was looking sharp and it needed a fine save from Al Habsi to keep Villa on level terms.
Bannan's pass over the Wigan defence was chested down by Bent, but Al Habsi blocked his powerful close range volley.
Good play by Agbonlahor allowed Ireland a free run at the Wigan area but he scooped his shot over the bar.
It came as no surprise when the impressive Agbonlahor put Villa ahead after 36 minutes.
Warnock won possession and found Bannan whose ball over the top was seized on by Agbonlahor.
He turned inside Caldwell before lashing a powerful shot past Al Habsi from 15 yards.
Wigan tried to retaliate and a mistake by Fabian Delph almost gifted them an equaliser. Victor Moses was able to free Franco Di Santo whose low cross-shot flashed inches wide of the far post.
Agbonlahor began the second half in the same vein as the first and almost doubled Villa's lead within 60 seconds.
A mazy run took Agbonlahor past Boyce, Watson and James McCarthy and his curling shot beat the dive of Al Habsi but flew inches wide.
Villa were in command and it needed a desperate block from Caldwell to keep out Bent's low shot after Delph had created the opening.
Wigan had claims for a penalty rejected after a challenge by Alan Hutton on Di Santo.
But Villa were soon back on the offensive and Al Habsi produced another excellent save to keep out Bannan's curling 20-yard drive at full stretch.
Agbonlahor was a constant menace and after 62 minutes he created the second goal for Bent.
He made a 50-yard run down the left flank before sending over an inviting centre which Bent side-footed past Al Habsi into the corner of the net.
Al Habsi made another excellent save to fingertip Petrov's fierce drive around the post.
Villa keeper Shay Given was called into meaningful action for the first time in making a double save to deny substitute Shaun Maloney and Di Santo.
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