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Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the left by-line, clearance made by Franco Di Santo.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jean Beausejour, Antolin Alcaraz concedes a free kick for a foul on James Collins. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.
Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the left by-line, Close range header by Emile Heskey goes over the bar.
Victor Moses goes off and Albert Crusat comes on.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jean Beausejour, Header from close range by Antolin Alcaraz misses to the right of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Victor Moses, blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
Foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Stephen Ireland, free kick awarded. Charles N'Zogbia shoots direct from the free kick.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.
Barry Bannan takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.
Effort on goal by Hugo Rodallega from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
The official flags Hugo Rodallega offside. Indirect free kick taken by James Collins.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan, clearance by Franco Di Santo.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Darren Bent. James Collins takes the indirect free kick. (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Charles N'Zogbia coming on for Darren Bent. James McCarthy goes off and Mohamed Diame comes on.
Stephen Ireland joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Gardner.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Alan Hutton. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Victor Moses.
Franco Di Santo takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
Emile Heskey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marc Albrighton.
Marc Albrighton is adjudged to have handled the ball. James McArthur takes the indirect free kick.
James McCarthy takes a shot. Blocked by Barry Bannan.
(Wigan) makes a substitution, with Hugo Rodallega coming on for Jordi Gomez.
Carlos Cuellar is cautioned by the ref for dissent.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour, clearance by James Collins.
Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Gardner.
Jean Beausejour takes the outswinging corner, Antolin Alcaraz produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is swung over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.
Shot by Barry Bannan from a long way out goes over the net.
Outswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jordi Gomez, clearance made by Shay Given.
Outswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Franco Di Santo. Stephen Warnock takes the indirect free kick.
Franco Di Santo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Cuellar. Shay Given takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour from the left by-line to the near post, Header from close in by Jordi Gomez misses to the right of the goal.
Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordi Gomez. Gabriel Agbonlahor goes into the referee's book. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Carlos Cuellar takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
The ball is delivered by Barry Bannan, Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.
Franco Di Santo concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Gardner. Barry Bannan takes the free kick.
Shot by Robbie Keane from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Franco Di Santo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock. Barry Bannan takes the indirect free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor crosses the ball, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.
Inswinging corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the left by-line, Close range headed effort by Carlos Cuellar misses to the right of the goal.
Gary Gardner challenges Jordi Gomez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by James McArthur.
Unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo by James Collins results in a free kick. James Collins goes into the book. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jean Beausejour, Gary Gardner makes a clearance.
Maynor Figueroa takes a shot.
Gary Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on James McArthur. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
The referee penalises Victor Moses for handball. Shay Given takes the free kick.
Foul by Marc Albrighton on Victor Moses, free kick awarded. The referee books Marc Albrighton for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jordi Gomez, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Victor Moses, clearance by James Collins.
The ball is sent over by Jordi Gomez, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jordi Gomez.
Jean Beausejour takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by James Collins.
Unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Robbie Keane results in a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
Carlos Cuellar is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jordi Gomez.
Effort from deep inside the area by Stephen Warnock misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by James McCarthy results in a free kick. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Marc Albrighton, Emmerson Boyce makes a clearance.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Ali Al Habsi.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the right by-line, clearance made by Antolin Alcaraz.
Robbie Keane takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
The offside flag is raised against Jean Beausejour. Shay Given takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Gary Gardner results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour, James McArthur takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
Jordi Gomez has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
Jean Beausejour takes the outswinging corner, Gary Caldwell produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Maynor Figueroa fouled by Marc Albrighton, the ref awards a free kick. Maynor Figueroa takes the indirect free kick.
Martinez moving on from N'Zogbia
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez refuses to dwell on the past and believes Charles N'Zogbia, on his first return to the DW Stadium with Aston Villa, has to do the same.
The French winger left the Latics in the summer having played a major part in keeping them in the Barclays Premier League.
His record for Wigan was far from spectacular, with 18 goals in 90 appearances, but many of his performances were vital in their continued survival in the top flight.
Since his #9.5million summer move he has found the net once in 23 games and his displays have been patchy.
Martinez had the option to follow N'Zogbia to Villa Park at the end of last season as a replacement for Gerard Houllier but remained loyal to Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, who has so much faith in the Spaniard.
"You go past that when you make a decision. The decision from a human point of view was the right one," Martinez told Press Association Sport.
"I will never look back to that - and there is too much at stake at the moment to think about individual issues: my decision, when we sold Charles N'Zogbia.
"There are clear links between the two clubs but at the moment the game is so important for us and all that counts is to get the points we need to achieve our aim of staying in the Premier League.
"All the individual issues should be in the background."
Wigan are bottom of the table but only two points from safety and nine adrift of Saturday's visitors, who are 15th.
Striker Callum McManaman has recovered from a back problem while a number of players were able to overcome colds and viruses during the club's recent trip to Oman.
Influential midfielder Mohamed Diame may be set for his first appearance since returning from the African Nations Cup, having remained on the bench a fortnight ago for the vital win at Bolton.
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has challenged N'Zogbia to start producing the form he showed for Wigan on a consistent basis
"I've been up there many times playing Wigan in the past with my team before and Charles was one of the differences," he said.
"At the end of last season for Wigan, I thought he was the guy that made the difference.
"If he can bring that form to us on a really consistent level, then Charles is going to make a name (for himself) at Aston Villa."
McLeish added: "Charles has been slow to settle but you only have to look at other examples up and down the country.
"Why has Andy Carroll been slow to settle at Liverpool. Why has Stewart Downing been slow to settle there? You are talking about two great players.
"It is just one of the mysteries of football. You tend to think when you get an English player, or a player who has been playing in England, that they will hit the ground running.
"But sometimes they need time to settle in so I don't think it is unique to Charles.
"Charles has shown us some great moments and hopefully there will be a few more from now until the end of the season."
McLeish is hoping striker Gabriel Agbonlahor will also make an impact on his return after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury.
He said: "We are no different to any other team in the country in that, if you are missing your top players, it can be a big miss.
"Gabby is one of the top players at this club and is feared throughout the Premier League.
"He is always a threat because of his pace and the way he imposes himself on a game. If he imposes himself, every player in the country would be frightened of him."
Fellow striker Robbie Keane will make his final appearance on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy and has made a favourable impression with three goals in five starts for Villa.
Bent injury mars stalemate
Darren Bent was stretchered off in agony as Premier League basement boys Wigan failed to capitalise on their dominance against Aston Villa at the DW Stadium in a stalemate.
Bent went down following a challenge by Antolin Alcaraz and it was immediately obvious he could not continue.
The injury will almost certainly rule him out of England's midweek friendly with Holland, and possibly a lot longer given the pain he was in.
It was an incident which overshadowed a curious game, which Wigan dominated but Villa had the best chances, Ali Al Habsi called upon three times to keep the hosts level.
Hugo Rodallega came closest for Wigan in a frantic finish.
It was not enough to give the Latics their second home win of the season though, or take them off the foot of the Premier League table.
However, it was the Villa fans who booed their team off at the end, their patience with Alex McLeish starting to wear very thin.
The first-half was a microcosm of Wigan's season in that despite enjoying long periods of possession, it was Aston Villa who carved out the better chances.
In his final game before returning to MLS, Robbie Keane tried his luck from 25 yards with a low daisy-cutter that looked harmless when it left his foot, but was actually destined for the bottom corner until Al Habsi pushed it away.
Shortly afterwards, Keane turned provider, lifting a deft pass beyond a static Wigan back four.
Bent had the pace to reach it. Unfortunately for the England man, he could not beat Al Habsi either as his shot cannoned away off his knee.
Stephen Warnock also flashed a shot wide in what was an brief period in the ascendancy for the injury-hit visitors, who had named Gabriel Agbonlahor as skipper for the first time.
In contrast, Wigan controlled proceedings as much as it was possible to do on a pudding of a pitch, causing difficulties for both defences.
The arrival of Jean Beausejour from Birmingham during the transfer window has provided the Latics with a welcome cutting edge
It was the winger's deep cross in the early moments that Gary Caldwell lifted on to the roof of Shay Given's goal.
Carlos Cuellar did well to get a similar effort out of his six-yard box before Emmerson Boyce arrived to do some damage.
Had Wigan been caught napping right at the start of the second period, manager Roberto Martinez would not have been impressed.
Al Habsi was once again equal to the threat though after James Collins had turned the ball back into the Wigan box and, from Caldwell's flick, Cuellar thundered a header goalwards.
Quickly though, Wigan got themselves on top once more.
Beausejour was proving particularly difficult to pin down and on three occasions it was his crosses that brought peril for Villa, whose supporters were starting to get increasingly agitated at the lack of invention from their team.
Di Santo had a penalty appeal correctly waved away by referee Kevin Friend as his shot struck Collins and then Albrighton.
The introduction of Wigan old-boy Emile Heskey for Albrighton sent the anti-McLeish sentiment into overdrive.
Wigan appeared incapable of taking advantage though. Two corners were curled straight out of play before one of the culprits, Moses, sprinted clear down the right only to drill his cross beyond an empty six-yard box.
Bent's injury drew a temporary halt to proceedings.
Even though there was no booking for Antolin Alcaraz's foul on the England striker, it was immediately obvious he was in some distress and the sight of him being carried down the tunnel was not good.
When play eventually resumed, Rodallega turned on to a pass from fellow substitute Mohamed Diame and curled narrowly over, then Emmerson Boyce dashed back to clear just as Keane was about to pull the trigger.
Charles N'Zogbia might have caused a problem for his former club near the end, although Di Santo had the last chance, which was repelled by Given.
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