Game #4930

2005-06

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Position:

15th (-)

Premier League

Wigan Athletic

JJB Stadium

Attendance: 17,330

Tuesday, 18 April 2006

Villa lose at high-flying Wigan to leave them with five defeats in their last eight games and just nine wins in thirty five games under David O'Leary.

Wigan Athletic

3-2

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Juan Pablo Ángel | 53’ | Liam Ridgewell | 67’ |

Assist(s) | Gabby Agbonlahor | 53’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #4930

Season | 2005-06 |
Matchday | #42 |
League Game | #35 |
Manager Game | #128 |
Tuesday, 18 April 2006

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | David O’Leary |
KO | 7.45pm |
Referee | Peter Walton, Northamptonshire |
HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 2-3 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | DLDWL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Peter Walton

MATCH INCIDENTS

Peter Walton

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 |

Wigan Athletic

🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.69 |

Oldest Player |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 30.50 |

Youngest Player |
M Craig Gardner | 19.41 |

TEAM NEWS

Juan Pablo Ángel and Craig Gardner replace Kevin Phillips and Steven Davis.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

David O'Leary

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Roy Aitken

STARTING LINE UP

GK Thomas Sörensen |
LB Aaron Hughes |
FB Jlloyd Samuel |
CB Gary Cahill |
CB Liam Ridgewell |
M Gavin McCann |
M Craig Gardner |
M Gareth Barry |
W James Milner |
F Milan Baroš |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel |

SUBSTITUTES

F Gabby Agbonlahor for M Craig Gardner | 46’ |
RB Ulises de la Cruz for LB Aaron Hughes | 66’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

F Kevin Phillips
GK Stuart Taylor
RB Wilfred Bouma

THE OPPOSITION

Filan, Chimbonda, Henchoz, Scharner, Baines, Francis (Kavanagh), Teale, Bullard (g), Ziegler (McCulloch), Camara (g) (g), Roberts. Manager: Paul Jewell.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa return to losing ways and David O'Leary had now overseen 17 losses in the last 40 games, winning just 9.

With a record like that, unsurprisingly, O'Leary swerved the post match interview once again only for his assistant Roy Aitken to take on the mantle of preposterous comment by claiming: “We needed more quality this season. The quality has been short in vital areas - at both ends of the pitch.”

Now if only we knew who had been in charge of the club for the last three years.

Meanwhile Right back Ulises de la Cruz made his final appearance for Villa as a substitute aged 31 before moving on to Reading on a free transfer in July 2006. In total de la Cruz made 99 appearances and scored twice between 2002-03 and 2005-06.

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MATCH TIMELINE

25’ Goal, 0-1, (Wigan Athletic)
HT Wigan Athletic 1-0 Aston Villa
46’ Sub off, Craig Gardner, Sub on, Gabby Agbonlahor
49’ Booking, Gareth Barry
53’ Goal, 1-1, Juan Pablo Ángel, Assist by Gabby Agbonlahor
56’ Goal, 1-2, (Wigan Athletic)
60’ Goal, 1-3, (Wigan Athletic)
66’ Sub off, Aaron Hughes, Sub on, Ulises de la Cruz FINAL
67’ Goal, 2-3, Liam Ridgewell
90’ Booking, James Milner
FT Wigan Athletic 3-2 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“When we got back to 1-1 we lost two quick goals that should have been prevented, but our effort and commitment was not in doubt.

“It sums up our season. With the chances we created we should be scoring more than two goals.

“We needed more quality this season. The quality has been short in vital areas - at both ends of the pitch.”

Roy Aitken.

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*BBC Sport*
Tuesday, 18 April 2006

"Villa equalised through a Juan Pablo Angel tap-in before two goals in four minutes from Henri Camara put Wigan back in charge."

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Wigan kept up their hopes of a place in Europe with a hard-fought victory at home to Aston Villa.

Jimmy Bullard opened the scoring with the pick of the game’s goals, volleying home from the edge of the area.

Villa equalised through a Juan Pablo Angel tap-in before two goals in four minutes from Henri Camara put Wigan back in charge.

Liam Ridgewell beat the offside trap to score from close range to give Villa hope but Wigan held on for the win.

It was a predictably scrappy opening between a Wigan side struggling for form at home and a Villa outfit who have had all kinds of troubles on their travels.

Bullard’s moment of class lit up a dreary opening 45 minutes at the JJB Stadium.

Stand-in skipper Jason Roberts got behind the Villa defence and when his centre was half cleared by Gary Cahill it fell to Bullard, who connected beautifully with a flying volley that found the top corner.

The Latics could have doubled their lead when Reto Ziegler was released by Roberts but he drilled his shot narrowly over.

Villa’s only real effort of the opening period came when James Milner crossed for Gareth Barry, who turned inside Pascal Chimbonda before unleashing a shot that John Filan did well to keep out.

But it took them only seven minutes of the second half to get back on level terms, Angel scoring from substitute Gabriel Agbonlahor’s cross after a positive run from Milan Baros.

However, Wigan were quick to re-establish the initiative and Roberts and Camara looked by far the hungrier of the two strike partnerships on show.

It was Camara who put Wigan back in the ascendancy with two quick goals as the game burst into life.

The first was a fine individual effort as he teased his way into the box and showed quick feet to fire in a shot that beat Sorensen at his near post.

The striker then finished off from inside the area after exchanging passes with Chimbonda and Wigan’s late push for a European place was back on track.

They were given a nervous 25 minutes when Ridgewell beat Wigan’s offside trap to flick a deflected cross from Barry past Filan.

And Wigan boss Paul Jewell’s heart will have been in his mouth as Angel’s shot bounced just in front of Filan and the keeper was fortunate to see it hit his hands and loop just over the bar.

Bullard could have sealed it when he found himself with just the keeper to beat only to thrash his shot over the bar.

It did not matter as Wigan got their first home win of 2006 to move up to eighth in the Premiership table.

*Aston Villa assistant Roy Aitken:*

“When we got back to 1-1 we lost two quick goals that should have been prevented, but our effort and commitment was not in doubt.

“It sums up our season. With the chances we created we should be scoring more than two goals.

“We needed more quality this season. The quality has been short in vital areas - at both ends of the pitch.”

Wigan kept up their hopes of a place in Europe with a hard-fought victory at home to Aston Villa.

Jimmy Bullard opened the scoring with the pick of the game’s goals, volleying home from the edge of the area.

Villa equalised through a Juan Pablo Angel tap-in before two goals in four minutes from Henri Camara put Wigan back in charge.

Liam Ridgewell beat the offside trap to score from close range to give Villa hope but Wigan held on for the win.

It was a predictably scrappy opening between a Wigan side struggling for form at home and a Villa outfit who have had all kinds of troubles on their travels.

Bullard’s moment of class lit up a dreary opening 45 minutes at the JJB Stadium.

Stand-in skipper Jason Roberts got behind the Villa defence and when his centre was half cleared by Gary Cahill it fell to Bullard, who connected beautifully with a flying volley that found the top corner.

The Latics could have doubled their lead when Reto Ziegler was released by Roberts but he drilled his shot narrowly over.

Villa’s only real effort of the opening period came when James Milner crossed for Gareth Barry, who turned inside Pascal Chimbonda before unleashing a shot that John Filan did well to keep out.

But it took them only seven minutes of the second half to get back on level terms, Angel scoring from substitute Gabriel Agbonlahor’s cross after a positive run from Milan Baros.

However, Wigan were quick to re-establish the initiative and Roberts and Camara looked by far the hungrier of the two strike partnerships on show.

It was Camara who put Wigan back in the ascendancy with two quick goals as the game burst into life.

The first was a fine individual effort as he teased his way into the box and showed quick feet to fire in a shot that beat Sorensen at his near post.

The striker then finished off from inside the area after exchanging passes with Chimbonda and Wigan’s late push for a European place was back on track.

They were given a nervous 25 minutes when Ridgewell beat Wigan’s offside trap to flick a deflected cross from Barry past Filan.

And Wigan boss Paul Jewell’s heart will have been in his mouth as Angel’s shot bounced just in front of Filan and the keeper was fortunate to see it hit his hands and loop just over the bar.

Bullard could have sealed it when he found himself with just the keeper to beat only to thrash his shot over the bar.

It did not matter as Wigan got their first home win of 2006 to move up to eighth in the Premiership table.

*Aston Villa assistant Roy Aitken:*

“When we got back to 1-1 we lost two quick goals that should have been prevented, but our effort and commitment was not in doubt.

“It sums up our season. With the chances we created we should be scoring more than two goals.

“We needed more quality this season. The quality has been short in vital areas - at both ends of the pitch.”