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Game #4956

Aston Villa

Won

7th (+1)

Saturday, 29 December 2007

Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟩

Premier League

Wigan Athletic

JJB Stadium

Attendance: 18,806

Wigan Athletic

1-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Gareth Barry | 55’ | Ashley Young | 70’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa win for the first time in six but are unbeaten in the last four to close out 2007 in seventh with a tilt on the European places in sight.

KEY MAN

Gabby Agbonlahor scores to earn a first victory for Villa in four unbeaten Premier League games as Wigan are beaten at the JJB, Saturday, 29 December 2007.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 29 December 2007

🔁 | 11’ Sub off, John Carew, Sub on, Luke Moore
🥅 | 28’ Goal, 0-1, (Wigan Athletic), Titus Bramble
🕒 | HT Wigan Athletic 1-0 Aston Villa
⚽ | 55’ Goal, 1-1, Curtis Davies, Assist by Gareth Barry
🔁 | 60’ Sub off, Shaun Maloney, Sub on, Craig Gardner
⚽ | 70’ Goal, 2-1, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Assist by Ashley Young
🟨 | 90’+2 Booking, Gabriel Agbonlahor
🔁 | 90’+2 Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, Stiliyan Petrov
🕒 | FT Wigan Athletic 1-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa end a run of three draws with a battling win at Wigan to rise to 7th in the table at the turn of the year. Villa had sat 12th at the same point a year earlier.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Wigan Athletic

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

Wigan Athletic

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Season | 2007-08 |
Matchday | #22 |
League Game | #20 |
Manager Game | #64 |
Saturday, 29 December 2007

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin O’Neill | 🇬🇧 | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Howard Webb | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Rotherham, 2000-2014
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 2-1
FT Score: 🟩 2-1
FT Result: 🟩 Won
Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 64 | 🟩 | 23 🟨 | 23 🟥 18 | 1.44

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Howard Webb | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Rotherham, 2000-2014
Matches Officiated: 10
🟩 : 4
🟨 : 3
🟥 : 3
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 18 Aug 07, Villa 0-0 Newcastle (a)
Cards: 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

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Wigan Athletic

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TEAM NEWS

Curtis Davies replaces Zat Knight.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.76 |

Oldest Player |
CB Martin Laursen | 🇩🇰 | 30.86 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.22 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

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Aston Villa

GK Scott Carson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Wilfred Bouma | 🇳🇱 |
CB Martin Laursen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 |
CB Curtis Davies | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Shaun Maloney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔁 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 | 🔁 |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🟨 |
CF John Carew | 🇳🇴 | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Steve Bruce | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Wigan Athletic

GK Chris Kirkland | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Titus Bramble | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🟨 |
RB Mario Melchiot | 🇳🇱 |
RB Ryan Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Antonio Valencia | 🇪🇨 |
M Paul Scharner | 🇦🇹 |
M Michael Brown | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Denny Landzaat | 🇳🇱 | 🔁 |
M Antoine Sibierski | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
W Kevin Kilbane | 🇮🇪 |
CF Marcus Bent | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

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Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 F Luke Moore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF John Carew | 🇳🇴 | 11’ |
🔁 M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Shaun Maloney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 60’ |
🔁 M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 | for W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 90’+2 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Denny Landzaat | 🇳🇱 | (M Salomon Olembé | 🇲🇱 |)
🔁 | M Antoine Sibierski | 🇫🇷 | (CF Julius Aghahowa | 🇳🇬 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Stuart Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Marlon Harewood | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Mike Pollitt | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Andreas Granqvist | 🇸🇪 |
M Josip Skoko | 🇦🇺 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/16
Homegrown: 3/16

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 5/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Half


M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 47%
Possession A | 53%
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 1
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 8
Touches F | 542
Touches A | 570
Passes F | 299
Passes A | 345
Tackles F | 16
Tackles A | 33
Clearances F | 71
Clearances A | 50
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 7
Offsides A | 3
Offsides F | 4
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 16

MATCH QUOTES

“His [Curtis Davies’] performance was 5,000 times better than against Leicester. “It was a great effort from him, in particular as he has been waiting around for a while now. “He can do it, and I hope he is here for the long haul.” Martin O’Neill.

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 29 December 2007

Villa fight back to claim points Aston Villa had to come from behind to claim a 2-1 victory over Wigan at a rain-soaked JJB. Both sides struggled with the conditions at the start, with swirling wind and driving rain making it difficult to knock the ball around. It was Wigan though who adapted first and they took the lead on 28 minutes through Titus Bramble. Ryan Taylor sent over a corner and the former Newcastle defender powered his header past Scott Carson. Villa, who had struggled to create any clear openings in the first half, were transformed in the second period and equalised 10 minutes after the break. Gareth Barry this time with a well delivered corner and Curtis Davies’ header beat both Chris Kirkland and Denny Landzaat on the Wigan line. With 20 minutes to go Villa wrapped up the win when good work down the left by Young saw his chipped cross flicked in off the far post by Gabriel Agbonlahor. *Drained* From the off, Martin O’Neill’s side appeared drained by their efforts on Boxing Day because in the first period they were a far cry from the team that had drawn 4-4 at Stamford Bridge in one of the games of the season to date. There was still pace aplenty from Agbonlahor, Young and Luke Moore, although the latter’s introduction in the 11th minute came at the expense of the towering presence that is John Carew. The striker hobbled off after an earlier challenge from centre-back Paul Scharner, and it soon became apparent that without the Norwegian as a target man, Villa would struggle to find their way. Instead, it was Wigan who mastered the conditions the better in the opening half, putting the visitors under pressure at times, and forcing them into the odd mistake. There were half-chances for Marcus Bent and Antoine Sibierski, but the first caught the striker unawares, while the second was a mis-kick from the Latics’ other forward. Then in the 28th minute came a moment of clinical precision that was in stark contrast to anything else that had unfolded in the opening period. Olof Mellberg was initially brave in blocking at point-blank range a drive from Taylor that was destined for the top right-hand corner but for the Swedish defender’s intervention. But from the ensuing corner delivered into the heart of the area by Taylor, Bramble rose unchallenged to power a bullet-header over Carson from just six yards. Villa dominated the closing 15 minutes of the half, with their pace continuing to cause problems, but not once did they find their way past a resilient Latics defence. It appeared as if Villa would continue to struggle to find their feet on the increasingly slippery surface, and as with Wigan, it was likely a set-piece would be their only way of drawing level. *Platform* So it proved in the 55th minute, and it was remarkably reminiscent of Wigan’s goal as a corner stemmed from Kevin Kilbane blocking a drive from Young. From the dead-ball inswinger from captain Barry, Davies was on hand to head home from six yards - despite the intervention of Landzaat on the goal-line - ending a 21-month goal drought. It was a landmark moment for the centre-back, in the side in the absence of Zat Knight who was sent off against Chelsea. His equaliser set the platform for Villa to then go on and win the game courtesy of Agbonlahor’s seventh goal of the season. Nigel Reo-Coker sprayed a raking pass into the left corner where Moore seized on the ball before finding Young. Young then made his way to the deadball line and turned in a cross to the near post where Agbonlahor headed home off the underside of the crossbar past Kirkland.