Game #5410

Season  | 2016-17​ |

Matchday | #21 |
League Game | #20 |
Manager Game | #9 |
Saturday, 10 December 2016
Football League | Championship | Home | Wigan Athletic | Villa Park | 29,392 |  

Game Summary

Manager | Steve Bruce | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | James Linington | 

 HT Score | 0-0 | 

 FT Score | 1-0 | 
 FT Result | Won | 

Last 5 Games | WDWLW |

Scorers | Jack Grealish | 88’ |

 League Position | 13th | +2 | 

Line Up |

GK Pierluigi Gollini |
LB Jordan Amavi |
RB Alan Hutton |
BOOKED | 83' |
CB Tommy Elphick |
CB James Chester |
M Mile Jedinak |
M Gary Gardner |
SUB OFF | 60' |
M Jack Grealish | BOOKED | 86' | GOAL | 88' | SUB OFF | 90' |
W Albert Adomah | SUB OFF | 73' |
CF Jonathan Kodjia |
F Jordan Ayew |

Substitutes |

F Ross McCormack for M Gary Gardner | 60’ | 
F Rudy Gestede for W Albert Adomah | 73’ | 
M Leandro Bacuna for M Jack Grealish | 90’ | 

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Matija Šarkić
M Aaron Tshibola
M Ashley Westwood
LB Aly Cissokho

Cards |

 Yellow | Alan Hutton | 83’ |

 Yellow | Jack Grealish | 86’ | 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.66 | 

Oldest Player | M Mile Jedinak | 32.38 |

Youngest Player | M Jack Grealish | 21.27 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

CB Micah Richards | 

Loaned Out | 

D Riccardo Calder | Doncaster Rovers | 12 July 2016 - 2 January 2017 |

W Carles Gil | Deportivo La Coruña | 22 July 2016 - 30 June 2018 |

CB Easah Suliman | Cheltenham Town | 4 August 2016 - 2 January 2017 |

D Niall Mason | Doncaster Rovers | 6 August 2016 - 31 May 2017 |

M Carlos Sánchez | ACF Fiorentina | 9 August 2016 - 30 June 2017 |

M Jordan Veretout | AS Saint-Étienne | 24 August 2016 - 30 June 2017 |

CB Kevin Toner | Walsall | 26 August 2016 - 1 January 2017 |

F Harry McKirdy | Stevenage FC | 31 August 2016 - 7 January 2017 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 58
Possession A | 42
Shots F | 18
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 12
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 7
Fouls A | 16

Match Report

Sky Sports

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Jack Grealish scored in the 87th minute to give Steve Bruce’s side a hard-fought 1-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Wigan at Villa Park.


For a long period it looked like Villa were heading for their 11th draw in 20 games, but one instance of isolated brilliance by Grealish settled the game in the hosts’ favour.

 

Wigan, struggling to move out of the bottom reaches, played with great resolution before falling at the final hurdle.
 

Villa were keen to make amends for their defeat in the previous game at Leeds and showed intent to assert some authority over their bottom-three opposition, but in the first half, their efforts reaped little reward.
 

Jordan Amavi was the first to threaten with a speculative long-range drive, and he again powered in another goalbound effort only for the over-worked Jussi Jaaskelainen to make a smart low save, diving to his left.

 

Jaaskelainen was the last line of defence after skipper Stephen Warnock made a bad mistake to allow Albert Adomah to gain possession and send Jonathan Kodjia racing clear.
 

The striker’s shot on the run was effectively blocked by Jaaskelainen when it appeared as if Villa were about to steam ahead.
 

Under such intense pressure, Wigan were restricted to sporadic attacks which usually involved attempts by Luke Garbutt or Yanic Wildschut.
 

A surprising feature of Villa’s play was the failure of Grealish - until his decisive late intervention - to impose his individual skill on proceedings, which allowed the Latics to move forward with more confidence.
 

Villa’s fortunes have picked up since the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager, but in a mundane first half they appeared to be drifting into some of their early-season indifferent form.
 

The persistent drizzle only compounded a miserable game, with the visitors seemingly content to contain their expensively assembled opponents.
 

Bruce introduced Ross McCormack from the bench on the hour mark in a bid to find the breakthrough.
 

The danger to Villa was the occasional counter-attack from Wigan, as demonstrated when Wildschut broke clear and fired over the bar.
 

Seven minutes from time, Alan Hutton collected a yellow card and he was quickly followed into the book by Grealish.
 

But the 21-year-old midfielder swiftly made amends in the 87th minute when he collected a loose ball and hammered a rising shot into the top-left corner of the net, well out of the reach of the helpless Jaaskelainen.