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Darren Bent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ronnie Stam. Ronnie Stam restarts play with the free kick.
Ronnie Stam delivers the ball, James Collins makes a clearance.
Brad Friedel shown a yellow card.
Carlos Cuellar booked for unsporting behaviour. Carlos Cuellar concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugo Rodallega. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Watson.
Chris Herd comes on in place of Ashley Young.
Ben Watson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Callum McManaman joins the action as a substitute, replacing James McCarthy.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Charles N'Zogbia misses to the left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line played to the near post, Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Hugo Rodallega has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
James McCarthy finds the net with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 1-2 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Charles N'Zogbia.
Gabriel Agbonlahor leaves the field to be replaced by Marc Albrighton. James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Nathan Baker takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Maynor Figueroa, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
Ben Watson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Foul by Ashley Young on Charles N'Zogbia, free kick awarded. Charles N'Zogbia crosses the ball in from the free kick, Richard Dunne makes a clearance. Corner from left by-line taken by Ben Watson.
Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the left by-line, save made by Brad Friedel.
Franco Di Santo concedes a free kick for a foul on James Collins. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Emmerson Boyce goes off and Ronnie Stam comes on. Hendry Thomas leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Watson.
Ashley Young delivers the ball, clearance made by Steve Gohouri.
Caution for Steve Gohouri. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Steve Gohouri. Free kick taken by Ashley Young. James Collins takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James McArthur on Ashley Young. Stewart Downing restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Hendry Thomas results in a Penalty. Power penalty scored by Ashley Young. Wigan 0-2 Aston Villa.
A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Stiliyan Petrov comes on in place of Jean Makoun. The ball is swung over by James McCarthy, clearance made by James Collins. Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance by Nathan Baker. Short corner taken by Hugo Rodallega from the left by-line. Hugo Rodallega produces a cross, James Collins manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ashley Young. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Gabriel Agbonlahor finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Wigan 0-1 Aston Villa.Ashley Young takes the outswinging corner, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Ashley Young, Carlos Cuellar takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save. Assist on the goal came from Carlos Cuellar.
Gabriel Agbonlahor finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Wigan 0-1 Aston Villa.Ashley Young takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Steven Caldwell. Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Young, Carlos Cuellar takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi. Assist on the goal came from Carlos Cuellar.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Ashley Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Hendry Thomas. Steve Gohouri restarts play with the free kick.
James McArthur takes a shot. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.
Steve Gohouri fouled by Darren Bent, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Centre by Ashley Young, clearance made by Steve Gohouri.
James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Reo-Coker. Direct free kick taken by Stewart Downing.
Nigel Reo-Coker challenges Hendry Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
Emmerson Boyce concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Young, clearance made by James McCarthy.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Ashley Young. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
Ashley Young has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Centre by Stewart Downing, clearance by Steven Caldwell.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Stewart Downing, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Foul by Ashley Young on Hendry Thomas, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
The referee cautions Jean Makoun for unsporting behaviour. Jean Makoun challenges Hugo Rodallega unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hendry Thomas produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
The referee cautions Maynor Figueroa for unsporting behaviour. Maynor Figueroa concedes a free kick for a foul on Stewart Downing. James Collins takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Nigel Reo-Coker. Hugo Rodallega has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Jean Makoun gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from right wing, clearance by Richard Dunne.
Shot on goal by Charles N'Zogbia from just inside the area goes over the target.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
Carlos Cuellar crosses the ball.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save. Darren Bent takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi. Ashley Young takes the outswinging corner, Stewart Downing takes a shot. Steven Caldwell gets a block in.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi. Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi. Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Young, Stewart Downing takes a shot. Steven Caldwell gets a block in.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Darren Bent. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
Hugo Rodallega fouled by James Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Hugo Rodallega from the free kick, save by Brad Friedel.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Steve Gohouri results in a free kick. Ashley Young takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Jean Makoun. Richard Dunne takes the direct free kick.
Emmerson Boyce delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Franco Di Santo goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Hugo Rodallega produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Cuellar on Charles N'Zogbia. Free kick taken by Hugo Rodallega.
The game kicks-off.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The match has reached full-time.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is wary of a Darren Bent-inspired Aston Villa ahead of the relegation showdown.
Martinez was one of the few people unsurprised last week by Villa's club-record £18million outlay for the England striker, a fee that could ultimately rise to £24million.
Bent duly began his Villa career in stunning fashion by scoring the winner in Saturday's much-needed 1-0 home victory over title-chasing Manchester City.
The result lifted Gerard Houllier's side three points clear of the drop zone and placed them in a position to build on such a triumph.
Martinez appreciates the lift both the win and Bent's arrival will have given Villa, making them a very different proposition compared to a week ago.
Ahead of the game at the DW Stadium, Martinez said: "They come here with a great feeling on the back of a good result and important performance for them, and we need to be prepared to face that.
"It's a Villa side with huge experience, enormous talent, and now with a new signing they are a team enjoying a great moment in their campaign.
"He (Bent) controls the transitional play exceptionally well, and we all know the pace he has which allows him to get into great positions. Once in those positions he has a great goalscoring record, and when he plays with confidence he is someone who can win a game single-handed, which is something very valuable and expensive in the market."
Bent has certainly cost Villa a pretty penny, yet Martinez added: "Three years ago his move would have been a big surprise. But we've become accustomed to big-money moves in the last few (transfer) windows, so I didn't see this one as a real surprise.
"We've seen high-profile players move from club to club with huge fees because in a way it seems as if everyone has a price, which is the nature of the game."
Martinez is without skipper Gary Caldwell, who serves a one-match ban following his dismissal at the Emirates Stadium, while fellow centre-back Antolin Alcaraz has been ruled out for two weeks with a soft tissue injury.
Midfielder James McCarthy, however, is poised to figure after a three-month lay-off with an ankle injury, although is unlikely to start, while goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is also available after recovering from a head injury.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has launched a stinging attack on Ian Holloway ahead of the game, accusing the Blackpool boss of double standards over the Charlie Adam transfer saga.
Houllier believes Holloway has singled him out for criticism, despite the fact that other clubs have bid for the midfielder, who has today handed in a transfer request, through the same channels.
The Frenchman is angry that Holloway distanced Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish from the offer made by the Anfield side, yet did exactly the opposite when talking about Villa's bid.
"I noticed this weekend that I was not treated the same way as my friend Kenny Dalglish," Houllier said.
"Ian said 'it must not come from Kenny' when Kenny makes a bid, 'it comes from the club'. He called me all sorts of things because our club, officially, did the right things, and went to them.
"He went back to the press having a go at me."
New signing Jean Makoun is set to make his Aston Villa debut.
The central midfielder, signed from Lyon, is in the squad and may even start the match. Villa also welcome back Emile Heskey from suspension, and Kyle Walker from a back injury.
Stephen Warnock, who has been linked with Liverpool, is still training with the reserves and will not feature in the match. Stephen Ireland remains sidelined with a knee complaint.
Villa revival continues with win
Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young maintained the Aston Villa resurgence with the second-half goals that saw off battling Wigan 2-1 at DW Stadium.
Gerard Houllier's side pulled themselves further away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone as they followed up last weekend's uplifting win over Manchester City in impressive fashion at the DW Stadium.
James McCarthy marked his return from injury by pulling one back as Villa finished in nervy fashion but the visitors hung on to leave Wigan, with just one win in nine, in trouble in the bottom three.
Wigan looked composed and threatening for large spells but manager Roberto Martinez is unable to transform his team's fortunes by spending #24million on one player like Villa appear to have done by signing Darren Bent.
Bent did not add to his debut goal but his arrival appears to have lifted the midlands club, who are now six points above the drop zone.
Villa manager Houllier chose to change the side that overcame City by making three changes and handing debuts to #6million new signing Jean Makoun and 19-year-old defender Nathan Baker.
Wigan left Mohamed Diame, at the centre of controversy this week after remarks about the town of Wigan were taken out of context, on the bench while defenders Gary Caldwell and Antolin Alcaraz were suspended and injured respectively.
Wigan had the first opportunity when Franco Di Santo headed wide from a Charles N'Zogbia cross.
Villa then began to assert themselves and Bent brilliantly controlled a long ball and pulled back inside the makeshift defender Steven Caldwell only to scuff his shot.
Ali Al Habsi then produced two fine point-blank saves in quick succession to deny Stewart Downing and Bent after a pass from Agbonlahor had opened up the defence.
In a lively opening Wigan responded with N'Zogbia setting up Hugo Rodallega but the Colombian's shot was deflected and Brad Friedel parried.
N'Zogbia also went close after a fine run but his shot dipped over.
Bent claimed he had been tripped by Steven Gohouri as he chased a James Collins pass but referee Jon Moss saw nothing untoward.
McCarthy showed brilliant skill on the edge of the area to clip the ball over Collins and set up Rodallega but his shot appeared to be deflected over, even though Moss gave a goalkick.
Maynor Figueroa worried Villa with a run from the left into the area but never had the ball fully under control and Richard Dunne eventually hammered clear.
After the initial burst the game settled as both defences tightened up.
Di Santo did get in another shot from the left as half-time approached but Friedel was not troubled by his curling effort.
Villa upped the tempo for the start of the second half as Young raced into the area from the halfway line and forced Al Habsi to palm over a fierce drive.
The visitors grabbed the lead from the resulting corner in the 49th minute.
Again Al Habsi did well to keep out Carlos Cuellar's firm header but the ball ballooned into the air and Agbonlahor reacted quickest to nod it over the line as it came down.
The game opened up again and N'Zogbia weaved his way into the Villa area only to see his shot blocked.
Villa countered through Bent but Gohouri managed to get in the way and shield the ball for Al Habsi to gather.
Downing then broke into the area but Al Habsi claimed his low cross.
Young doubled Villa's lead from the penalty spot after being brought down clumsily by Hendry Thomas just after the hour.
The Villa captain made no mistake as he sent Al Habsi the wrong way with a powerful strike.
Bent almost grabbed a third as he raced onto an Agbonlahor throughball but Al Habsi rushed out to deny him again.
Wigan did not give up the fight and pulled a goal back 10 minutes from time, although it did require a huge slice of luck.
There seemed little danger as McCarthy lined up a shot from 30 yards but the ball took a huge deflection off Collins and wrong-footed Friedel to end up in the bottom corner.
The Wigan fans thought they had an equaliser to celebrate moments later when Rodallega flashed inches wide from the edge of the area.
Di Santo also headed at Friedel as the Latics put the visitors under late pressure but they could not force the equaliser.
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