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Game #4974

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Attendance: 42,640

Lost

Premier League

6th (-)

Wigan Athletic

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Villa Park

Villa suffer a shock defeat to lowly Wigan in the penultimate game of the Premier League season and the final match at Villa Park yet remain in 6th place in the table under Martin O'Neill.

Aston Villa

0-2

Wigan Athletic

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Scott Carson, beaten.

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Wigan Athletic
๐Ÿฅ… | 52โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Wigan Athletic), Antonio Valencia
๐Ÿ” | 60โ€™ Sub off, Zat Knight, Sub on, Patrik Berger ๐Ÿ”ด
๐Ÿฅ… | 63โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Wigan Athletic), Antonio Valencia
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, Wilfred Bouma, Sub on, Marlon Harewood
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-2 Wigan Athletic

ON THIS DAY

Not for the first time this season Villa unexpectedly lose a game they would have expected to win and as a result, although they remain 6th, they lose ground in the race for European qualification. Yet for all the disappointment it just served to underline how far the team had come under Martin O'Neill since Villa's 'difficult' 2002-2006 period. Meanwhile, Patrik Berger made his final appearance for Villa aged 34 before moving on to Sparta Prague on a free transfer in July 2008. Although Berger joined the Villa at the end of his career in a free transfer from Portsmouth at the age of 31 he proved an excellent resource when called upon. Between 2005-06 and 2007-08 he made 32 appearances, 22 as substitute and scored twice.

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

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2007-08 |
Matchday | #40 |
League Game | #37 |
Manager Game | #82 |
Saturday, 3 May 2008

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Rob Styles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Rob Styles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 20 Oct 07, Villa 1-4 United (h) ๐Ÿ†˜
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

Wigan Athletic

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Martin O'Neill names an unchanged line up for the fourth successive game for the first time this season.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.87 |

Oldest Player |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 31.20 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.57 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

MANAGER

Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Scott Carson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Wigan Athletic

GK Chris Kirkland | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Emerson Boyce | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ต |
CB Paul Scharner | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Titus Bramble | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Antonio Valencia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | โšฝ | โšฝ |
M Wilson Palacios | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Jason Koumas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Michael Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Kevin Kilbane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Marcus Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” W Patrik Berger | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด | for CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 60โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 69โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Wilson Palacios | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ | (M Josip Skoko | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Antoine Sibierski | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Marcus Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Marlon King | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Wayne Routledge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mike Pollitt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ryan Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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 : 6/11
Homegrown: 2/11

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: 2/16

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 : 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 : 8/16

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 Patrik Berger | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 57%
Possession A | 43%
Shots F | 14
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 8
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 6
Fouls A | 8

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œIt would be hard to explain why we were so flat for so long.

โ€œWe had been coming into the game with loads of confidence and playing brilliantly of late.

โ€œI can understand the first 15 or 20 minutes being a bit tentative. After that I thought we would settle down and get into a bit of fluency but it never materialised.

โ€œThe goals put us on the back foot and the second really deflated us.

โ€œWe had this opportunity to put pressure on Everton (for the Uefa Cup spot). The crowds have been fantastic and have been used to better fare than that.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 3 May 2008

*Ecuador star Antonio Valencia scored two second-half goals to seal Wiganโ€™s Premier League place for next season with a surprise win at Aston Villa.*

Valencia, with just one goal in 29 previous matches for the Latics, was fortunate to see his shot deflect off Wilfried Bouma for the first goal.

But the second was a fine right-footed shot, as he surged into the box to beat Scott Carson at the near post.

Villa had plenty of chances, but Chris Kirkland pulled off some fine saves.

And Wiganโ€™s second away win of the season puts a massive dent in Villaโ€™s hopes of claiming the fifth Premier League spot that would guarantee Uefa Cup qualification.

As much as Valencia will take his share of the headlines, it was Kirkland who arguably put in the outstanding performance of the match.

In the first half, he dived to his left to pounce on a Zat Knight header and pushed a Gabriel Agbonlahor header on to the bar.

Agbonlahor suffered a frustrating afternoon and was again denied deep into the second half when Kirkland dived high and to his left to punch a header away from the corner of his goal. By then, Villa boss Martin Oโ€™Neill had used his first substitute Patrik Berger and the Kirkland save prompted him to throw Marlon Harewood on as well as he opted for a 3-4-3 formation.

But although dominating for long periods of the game, it simply was not to be Villaโ€™s afternoon.

Wigan started the match brightly, but Swedish international Olof Mellberg, playing his final match at Villa Park before his move to Juventus in the summer, made some important tackles and the hosts soon settled.

The first chance for Villa came just after that awkward first 20 minutes when Knightโ€™s header from an Ashley Young free-kick forced Kirkland into the first of his collection of fine saves.

That chance finally roused Villa out of their slumber and the home teamโ€™s midfielders, marshalled by Gareth Barry and Nigel Reo-Coker, helped provide further chances.

Kirkland, now wearing a baseball cap with the sun directly in his line of sight, produced another good save to deny Barry, before Agbonlahor wasted a chance by dragging his shot left.

Villa started stronger in the second half, but the goal came against the run of play when Valenciaโ€™s speculative shot from outside the area was cruelly deflected by Bouma.

Carson was hopelessly wrong-footed and suddenly Villa were chasing the game.

But they were simply not making the most of their chances. Barry shot wide soon after the hour mark before disaster struck for the home team.

Kirklandโ€™s clearance upfield was headed on by Emile Heskey.
Valencia surged between defenders and stabbed a powerful shot with his right foot.

Though well-positioned, Carson had little chance to stop his shot.

As Kirkland continued his fine performance in the Wigan goal, John Carew missed one of Villaโ€™s best chances of the match when heading wide from an unmarked position on the edge of the six-yard box.

Many Villaโ€™s fans took that miss as their cue to head for the exits.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIt would be hard to explain why we were so flat for so long.

โ€œWe had been coming into the game with loads of confidence and playing brilliantly of late.

โ€œI can understand the first 15 or 20 minutes being a bit tentative. After that I thought we would settle down and get into a bit of fluency but it never materialised.

โ€œThe goals put us on the back foot and the second really deflated us.

โ€œWe had this opportunity to put pressure on Everton (for the Uefa Cup spot). The crowds have been fantastic and have been used to better fare than that.โ€