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  • Caldwell, G (27)
  • McCarthy (25 og), Milner (63)
  • Date:2010-03-16
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:DW Stadium
  • Attendance:16186
  • Referee:Bennett, S

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

Dunne concedes a corner - last chance for Wigan?

90mins

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

90mins

Four minutes of injury time will be added.

90mins

Emmerson Boyce makes way for Jason Scotland.

89mins

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

87mins

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

85mins

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

83mins

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

81mins

John Carew makes way for Emile Heskey.

80mins

Steve Sidwell replaces Gabriel Agbonlahor.

79mins

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

77mins

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

75mins

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.

73mins

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

71mins

Paul Scharner replaces James McCarthy.

70mins

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

69mins

Marcelo Moreno has a weak effort easily saved by Friedel.

68mins

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

68mins

Emmerson Boyce does well to block another Milner effort.

66mins

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

64mins

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

63mins

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

61mins

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

59mins

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

57mins

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

55mins

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

52mins

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

50mins

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

48mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

Villa get the second half underway.

45mins

An entertaining half comes to an end.

45mins

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

45mins

Two minutes of first half stoppage time will be played.

45mins

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

43mins

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

41mins

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

40mins

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

38mins

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

36mins

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

35mins

Hugo Rodallega is cautioned for charging down a corner.

33mins

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

31mins

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

30mins

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

28mins

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

25mins

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.

23mins

Titus Bramble is booked for a foul on Agbonlahor.

22mins

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

20mins

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

18mins

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.

16mins

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

14mins

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

13mins

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

11mins

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

9mins

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.

7mins

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

5mins

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

3mins

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

2mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

Match Preview

Aston Villa will be desperate to show that there will be no repetition of last season's drift down the table in the latter stages of the campaign when they travel to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

Just over 12 months ago, Martin O'Neill was castigated for fielding a weakened side in Russia as Villa slumped out of the UEFA Cup to CSKA Moscow.

Although O'Neill denied it at the time, many fans thought the team's European campaign had been sacrificed so that Villa could concentrate on finishing in the top four, but unfortunately their campaign unravelled in the final three months.

They failed to win a game in March or April, a sequence of eight matches and, despite beating Hull City and Newcastle United in May, they eventually finished sixth, ten points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal.

This term, there have been no European distractions since the early Europa League exit to Rapid Vienna, but Villa have enjoyed good runs in the domestic cups, losing last month's Carling Cup Final to Manchester United and reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

However, once again their league form appears to have suffered with Saturday's grim goalless draw with Stoke City extending a run that has seen them win just two of their last nine matches.

Villa start the DW Stadium clash as favourites to win the game though, as the Latics have failed to score in any of their last four Premier League games against O'Neill's team.

However, the former Celtic and Leicester City manager has not won a Premier League game in the month of March since he was appointed Villa boss in August 2006.

A low-scoring encounter could be on the cards though as Villa have kept five cleans sheets in their last seven league games but failed to score in six of their last nine matches while Wigan have scored just one goal, against Liverpool, in their last five Premier League outings.


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.

Wigan Athletic

Aston Villa

Corners

78

Fouls

1016

Goal attempts

713

Shots off target

46

Offsides

15

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