Game #5492

Season | 2018-19 |

Matchday | #2 |
League Game | #2 |
Manager Game | #91 |
Saturday, 11 August 2018
Football League | Championship | Home | Wigan Athletic | Villa Park | 34,331 |

Game Summary |

Manager | Steve Bruce | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Jeremy Simpson | 

 HT Score | 1-1 | 

 FT Score | 3-2 | 
 FT Result | Won | 

Last 5 Games | WDLWW | 

Scorers | James Chester | 13’ | Own Goal 63’ | Birkir Bjarnason | 90’+4 |

Assists | John McGinn | 13’ | Conor Hourihane | 90’+4 |

 League Position | 3rd | - | 

Line Up |

GK Ørjan Nyland | DEBUT |
RB Alan Hutton |
RB Ahmed El Mohamady |
CB Axel Tuanzebe |
SUB OFF | 65' |
CB James Chester | GOAL | 13' |
M John McGinn | DEBUT |
M Jack Grealish | BOOKED | 86' |
M Mile Jedinak |
M Birkir Bjarnasson |
GOAL | 90'+4 |
W André Green | SUB OFF | 74' |
CF Jonathan Kodija | SUB OFF | 87' |

Substitutes |

W Albert Adomah for CB Axel Tuanzebe | 65’ | 
F Rushian Hepburn Murphy for W André Green | 74’ |
M Conor  Hourihane for CF Jonathan Kodija | 87’ |


Unused Substitutes |

GK André Moreira
LB Neil Taylor
CB Tommy Elphick
M Glenn Whelan

Cards |

 Yellow | Jack Grealish for a bad foul | 86’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.53 | 

Oldest Player | M Mile Jedinak | 34.04 |

Youngest Player | W André Green | 20.06 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

F Scott Hogan |

CF Keinan Davis |

F Callum O’Hare | 

Loaned Out |

GK Jed Steer | Charlton Athletic | 10 August 2018 - 31 December 2018 |

M Gary Gardner | Birmingham City | 9 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 48
Possession A | 52
Shots F | 17
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 17
Fouls A | 16

 On this day 11 August 2018 

Goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland made his Villa debut aged 27 after joining from FC Ingolstadt for a fee of £2,700,000 earlier this month.

Midfielder John McGinn made his Villa debut aged 23 after joining from Hibernian FC for a fee of £2,790,000 earlier this month.

Match Report


*BBC Sport*

*Saturday, 11 August 2018*

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce said his side’s dramatic stoppage-time win against Wigan Athletic was testament to the “resilience” of his squad following a turbulent off-field summer for the club.*

Birkir Bjarnason scored in the fourth minute of added time as Villa came from behind to stun the Latics in a five-goal thriller.

“We’ve come through it with a bit of resilience, which is evident after a difficult summer for everybody,” Bruce told BBC WM.

“They’re a very good side, who caused us a lot of problems, but we’ve managed to get through.

“To win back-to-back games with all the difficulties we’ve had, is huge.”

Villa suffered a number of financial problems following last season’s play-off final defeat by Fulham - a loss which cost them £160m.

However, billionaire businessmen Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris were brought in last month to inject “significant investment”.

And, as well as having new signings John McGinn, from Hibernian and Norwegian keeper Orjan Nyland making their debut, Villa also had star winger Jack Grealish still on show after being able to turn down Tottenham Hotspur’s deadline bid.

“John McGinn is a player we couldn’t buy two weeks ago,” added Bruce. “The new owners have blown new life into the club.”

Things started brightly for the home side when skipper James Chester earlier headed Villa in front from a McGinn free-kick on the left.

But Nyland made a mess of a back pass from Mile Jedinak to gift Nick Powell a 41st-minute leveller.

Callum Connolly then headed the Latics in front after the interval with a far-post header from Powell’s cross.But, eight minutes later, Latics defender Chey Dunkley put through his own net in a scramble to make it 2-2.

And, from Conor Hourihane’s cross, Icelandic international Bjarnason slid in to win it to help Bruce’s men maintain their 100% winning start against one of his former clubs.

Villa’s victory followed Monday’s 3-1 win at Hull City, also one of Bruce’s old clubs. And it is the first time Villa have kicked off the season with successive league wins since 1999-00, when they did so in the Premier League under John Gregory.

“We’ve been behind in both games so far,” said Bruce said. “But, we’ve come back to score three, as we did on Monday, so overall a decent start.

“I have to say to have 34,000 supporters here with the problems we’ve had, just shows the attraction we still have as a club.”
For Paul Cook’s Wigan, losing an end-to-end classic which could have gone either way, was a first defeat since promotion back to the second tier in May.


Wigan used two of their new signings, striker Josh Windass and on-loan Sheffield United midfielder Lee Evans, who both came off the bench.