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Game #4908

Sunday, 19 November 2006

Attendance: 18,455

Drew

Premier League

5th (-)

Wigan Athletic

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

JJB Stadium

Villa are held to a goalless draw at Wigan but extend their run under Martin O'Neill to just one defeat in thirteen Premier League games.

Wigan Athletic

0-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Martin O'Neill extends his run to one defeat in thirteen Premier League games as his side are held to a goalless draw by Wigan at the JJB, Sunday, 19 November 2006.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Wigan Athletic 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 51โ€™ Sub off, Peter Whittingham, Sub on, Didier Agathe ๐Ÿ”ด
๐Ÿ” | 67โ€™ Sub off, Juan Pablo รngel, Sub on, Steven Davis
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Wigan Athletic 0-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa make it one defeat in 13 in the Premier League, drawing seven and winning five as Martin O'Neill takes a squad, largely inherited, with only Stiliyan Petrov a paid for addition, and transforms a squad that had lost eight of their last 13 games under David O'Leary, drawing three and winning two.

Meanwhile, winger Peter Whittingham made his final appearance for Villa aged 22 before moving on to Cardiff City for a fee of ยฃ473,000 in January 2007. Whittingham had come through the ranks as a schoolboy and made his debut aged 18 in the 2002-03 season. Over his 5 seasons with Villa, Peter made 66 appearances including 27 as substitute and scored twice. Tragically Whittingham died after a fall at the age of 35 in March 2020.

Winger Didier Agathe also made his final appearance for Villa aged 31 before moving on to Saint-Pierroise on a free transfer in January 2007. Didier had joined Villa as a free agent earlier in the 2006-07 season and made 6 substitute appearances for the club.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Wigan Athletic

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Wigan Athletic

Previous 5 vs. Wigan: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2006-07 |
Matchday | #16 |
League Game | #13 |
Manager Game | #16 |
Sunday, 19 November 2006

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Steve Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1995-2010
Kick off: 1.30pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1995-2010
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 28 Oct 06, Villa 1-3 Liverpool (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

Wigan Athletic

๐ŸŸจ

Steve Bennett

TEAM NEWS

Gareth Barry and Peter Whittingham (first start in 13) replace Stiliyan Petrov and Gavin McCann.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.75 |

Oldest Player |
CF Chris Sutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 33.72 |

Youngest Player |
M Isaiah Osbourne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.05 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Paul Jewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Gary Cahill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Isaiah Osbourne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Chris Sutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Wigan Athletic

GK Chris Kirkland | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Arjan de Zeeuw | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Lee McCulloch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB Matt Jackson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Emerson Boyce | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ต |
M Paul Scharner | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
M David Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Josip Skoko | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Kevin Kilbane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Gary Teale | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Henri Camara | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” W Didier Agathe | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ”ด | for W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 51โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | for CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 67โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Josip Skoko | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | (M Denny Landzaat | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Gary Teale | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (W David Cotterill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Patrik Berger | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
F Milan Baroลก | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK John Filan | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CB Andy Webster | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Andreas Johansson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11
Homegrown: 6/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/16
Homegrown: 7/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

W Didier Agathe | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œWe knew it would not be easy coming here and so it proved.

โ€œThey were miles better than us in the first half, but after half-time we came into it more and looked more dangerous.

โ€œBut it would have been harsh on Wigan if we had sneaked the three points, so overall I think we have done well.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*The Guardian*
Monday, 20 November 2006

*Jewell and Oโ€™Neill find value in noughts*

It says much for Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s organisational and motivational skills that a bunch of players as collectively limited as this Aston Villa side might have gone into third place in the Premiership had they defeated Wigan Athletic yesterday lunchtime. This was always going to be a tight match, although after Thomas Sorensen saved from Lee McCullochโ€™s header inside the first minute the statistical inevitability of a goalless conclusion pressed down like a suffocating pillow.

Wigan, in 49 previous Premiership matches, had never been involved in a 0-0 draw, so if not a cast-iron certainty, the chances of it occurring yesterday were pretty high. Posts were hit and both goalkeepers at times found themselves clutching the ball more in surprise than any certainty of anticipation. That said, genuine openings were few and far between.

Paul Jewellโ€™s team, on the back of four successive victories and seven goals in their previous two home matches, will feel they should have won, given their greater amount of possession, notably in the first half, although they might have had a point snatched away from them in the last 20 minutes or so when Gabriel Agbonlahor, pushed forward where his pace was the most dangerous, almost found a way through, and it took an excellent tackle by the Australian Josip Skoko to halt him.

Such is the inherent discipline of each team that neither are ever likely to lose their shape, unless hell or high water intervenes, so initially there was considerable fascination in observing the thrust and counter-thrust, with Wiganโ€™s quality of crosses the more telling. McCulloch probably should have scored from Henri Camaraโ€™s excellent ball from the right, although Sorensen, virtually on his knees, did well to get his body in the way. And he made an even better save in the second half from Paul Scharner.

Jewell thought that in the first half his side played as well as they have ever done in the Premiership, which was perhaps erring on the generous side. โ€œI thought we were terrific, I canโ€™t say how pleased I am. For a 0-0 draw it was a good game, with two very honest teams. There was no diving or time-wasting.โ€ That last point was certainly true, although the standard of Wiganโ€™s play may have been seen by Jewell through glasses tinted by Oโ€™Neillโ€™s reputation rather than Villaโ€™s performance on the day.

By half-time the match was already becoming ragged at the edges, epitomised when Camara, his primrose boots flashing in a flailing arc, attempted an overhead kick and skewed the ball away at 90 degrees. He beat both fists into the turf at the frustration of it all, and was barely noticed thereafter. โ€œHe can be bothersome,โ€ said Oโ€™Neill, with delicious understatement, having managed the Senegal striker at Celtic.

Wigan had two good chances early in the second half, the first when Isaiah Osbourne dived in an attempt to clear Emmerson Boyceโ€™s cross and guided the ball against a post. โ€œHe had a good game but would have had no life tomorrow if that one had gone in,โ€ said Oโ€™Neill with a smile. Then came Sorensenโ€™s save from Scharner, the Austrian clutching his head in disappointment.

Villa increasingly relied on the quick counter and might have tilted the game in their favour had Gareth Barry rolled the ball inside to Juan Pablo Angel rather than shoot himself.

Oโ€™Neill praised the resilience of his side, although admitted it would have been โ€œrather harshโ€ had they sneaked the game, which was always a possibility as Wigan pressed forward.

So not the worst of goalless draws but certainly one of the more inevitable.