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Game #4992

Aston Villa

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Won

5th (+1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 20,249

Wigan Athletic

JJB Stadium

Villa destroy future Villa boss Steve Bruce's Wigan on their own patch against a side littered with former Birmingham players, to make it five wins in nine Premier League games and 5th in the table.

Wigan Athletic

0-4

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | John Carew | 57โ€™ | Gabriel Agbonlahor | 62โ€™ | James Milner | 90โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Gareth Barry secures from the spot to give Villa the lead as they hammer Wigan at the JJB, Sunday, 26 October 2008.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 26 October 2008

โšฝ | 22โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Gareth Barry (pen)
๐ŸŸจ | 31โ€™ Booking, Luke Young
๐ŸŸจ | 44โ€™ Booking, Nigel Reo-Coker
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Wigan Athletic 0-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 54โ€™ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, John Carew
โšฝ | 57โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Assist by John Carew
โšฝ | 62โ€™ Goal, 3-0, John Carew, Assist by Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Luke Young, Sub on, Curtis Davies
๐Ÿ” | 84โ€™ Sub off, Stiliyan Petrov, Sub on, Steve Sidwell
โšฝ | 90โ€™ Goal, 4-0, Steve Sidwell, Assist by James Milner
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Wigan Athletic 0-4 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa return to League action in style and hammer future boss Steve Bruce's Wigan on home turf to climb back to 5th in the table.

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: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2008-09 |
Matchday | #17 |
League Game | #9 |
Manager Game | #100 |
Sunday, 26 October 2008

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Mike Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Chester, 1997-2018
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 4-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Chester, 1997-2018
Previous 5:
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Adam Watts, Michael Murphy

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Wigan Athletic

๐ŸŸจ

Mike Jones

TEAM NEWS

Martin O'Neill names an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.55 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 37.47 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.05 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

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

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |

Wigan Athletic

GK Chris Kirkland | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Emerson Boyce | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Titus Bramble | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Maynor Figueroa | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Paul Scharner | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Lee Cattermole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Wilson Palacios | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Olivier Kapo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Daniรซl de Ridder | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Amr Zaki | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ | for M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 54โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 78โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | for M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | 84โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Lee Cattermole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Michael Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Olivier Kapo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Jason Koumas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Daniรซl de Ridder | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (RB Ryan Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mike Pollitt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tomasz Cywka | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
W Kevin Kilbane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Henri Camara | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |

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: 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 : 12/18
Homegrown: 3/18

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 : 4/11

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 : 8/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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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

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 42%
Possession A | 58%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 21
Shots on Target F | 7
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 16

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œIt was a great performance and a result I had not expected.

โ€œWith us having played on Thursday night, it was a concern, but there were some terrific performances all told.

โ€œI was worries about todayโ€™s game so for us to win today in the manner that we did was great.

โ€œWe have competition for places which is something that two years ago at Villa we didnโ€™t have so thatโ€™s encouraging.โ€

Martin O'Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 26 October 2008

*Gabriel Agbonlahor scored one goal and made two as Villa won at a canter at Wiganโ€™s JJB Stadium.*

Gareth Barry gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot after Agbonlahor was felled by Titus Bramble.

The young striker bundled home the second from a flick-on by substitute John Carew before returning the favour for the Norwegian to head the third.

Steve Sidwell capped Villaโ€™s afternoon by coming off the bench and rifling in a fourth goal, his first for the club.

The result and the manner in which it was achieved represents the perfect way for manager Martin Oโ€™Neill to complete his first century of games in charge of the Midlands side.

The Northern Irishman had warned beforehand of the dangers posed by Wigan but in truth the home side showed little of the fight on evidence in the recent home victory over Manchester City.

Villa started the more composed of the two sides and carved the first real opening when Barryโ€™s knock-down gave James Milner the chance to shoot from inside the box but he pulled his effort wide.

At the other end Emile Heskey was busy trying to impose himself on the visitors but with little end result.

He fired wide from a corner in the ninth minute, following an Amr Zaki nod-on, whilst a well-timed tackle on the rampaging England forward soon after diverted the ball into the path of Olivier Kapo but he blasted his shot high into the stand.

Wigan were left to rue these misses shortly after when Villa took the lead.

Agbonlahorโ€™s forward run appeared to be taking him away from goal but Brambleโ€™s challenge on the edge of the box upended the striker and, despite the defenderโ€™s protestations that he got the ball, a penalty was awarded.

Barry calmly stepped up to slot the ball in past Chris Kirklandโ€™s outstretched right hand.

Spurred on by a sense of injustice, Wigan almost replied immediately through a Paul Scharner header from a corner, but Brad Friedel stooped low to save with his legs before the ball was cleared with Heskey lurking.

An even better chance fell to the home side on the half hour. A Wilson Palacios shot proved too hot for Friedel to handle but when the ball rebounded to Kapo he could only acrobatically hook the ball over with the goal at his mercy.

Striving for more creativity, Wigan replaced Kapo with Jason Koumas at half-time and it was the Welsh midfielder who had Wiganโ€™s first real effort of the second half, his 20-yard drive forcing Friedel into a neat save.

After 53 minutes Barry limped off to be replaced by Carew and the big strikerโ€™s impact was immediate.

His first touch, a flick-on from an Ashley Young corner, fell to Agbonlahor who needed only to bundle the ball home from two yards for his first and Villaโ€™s second.

Shortly after, Agbonlahor returned the favour, crossing for Carew to easily head home from inside the six-yard box.

Despite the game being beyond them Wigan continued to push forward and probably should have scored from at least one of two clear-cut chances.

Bramble, looking to make amends for giving away the penalty, put a point-blank header straight at Friedel from a corner whilst Daniel De Ridder blasted an effort wide.

However, in committing men to attack through desperation they left themselves exposed at the back and the only surprise was that it took until the 89th minute for Villa to get a fourth goal.

Milner collected a long ball from Nicky Shorey before crossing low for substitute Sidwell to rifle in his first for the club and underline the away sideโ€™s dominance.

*Wigan boss Steve Bruce:*

โ€œWe havenโ€™t done our jobs defensively.

โ€œThat has been our strength because in the games that weโ€™ve lost we have lost by the odd goal.

โ€œThree of the four that we conceded today were so poor defensively and the mistakes were not acceptable at this level.

โ€œIf you do that against a really good Aston Villa side then you have your backsides kicked and we certainly had that today.โ€

*Aston Villa boss Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIt was a great performance and a result I had not expected.

โ€œWith us having played on Thursday night, it was a concern, but there were some terrific performances all told.

โ€œI was worries about todayโ€™s game so for us to win today in the manner that we did was great.

โ€œWe have competition for places which is something that two years ago at Villa we didnโ€™t have so thatโ€™s encouraging.โ€