Villa humbled by impressive Latics
Roberto Martinez made a dream start to life as a Barclays Premier League manager as his Wigan side ran out 2-0 winners over Aston Villa at Villa Park. Villa boss Martin O'Neill handed full debuts to new signings Fabian Delph and Habib Beye, while Stiliyan Petrov was passed fit to start. Martinez handed full debuts to Honduran midfielder Hendry Thomas and Jordi Gomez. The visitors had the best chance of a busy opening, Gomez again pulling the strings with a lay-off for Charles N'Zogbia - whose low shot was brushed on to the post by Brad Friedel. Wigan's threat going forward was converted into the lead after 30 minutes, Villa full-back Nicky Shorey's misplaced header sitting up perfectly for Hugo Rodallega - who dispatched a superb looping 20-yard finish over Friedel and into the top-left corner. Villa almost got on level terms in the 39th minute when Ashley Young's 25-yard free-kick brought an equally eye-catching one-handed save from the alert Chris Kirkland. The visitors doubled their lead in the 55th minute when N'Zogbia's set up Jason Koumas - who kept his head to finish low through Friedel's legs.
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