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Game #5071

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Attendance: 16,186

Won

Premier League

7th (-)

Wigan Athletic

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

DW Stadium

Villa extend their unbeaten League run to eight in 2010 winning for the third time as fourth spot and a Champions League place remains possible.

Wigan Athletic

1-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

James Milner celebrates his winner as Villa extend their unbeaten Premier League run to eight, Tuesday, 16 March 2010.

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 25โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Own Goal, James McCarthy
๐Ÿฅ… | 27โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Wigan Athletic), Gary Caldwell
๐ŸŸจ | 41โ€™ Booking, Richard Dunne
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Wigan Athletic 1-1 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 63โ€™ Goal, 2-1, James Milner
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, John Carew, Sub on, Emile Heskey
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, Steve Sidwell
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Wigan Athletic 1-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa remain unbeaten in eight League games without defeat in 2010 to remain seventh in the table with ten games to play.

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: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #41 |
League Game | #28 |
Manager Game | #179 |
Tuesday, 16 March 2010

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: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1995-2010
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 4 Nov 09, Villa 1-2 West Ham (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Andy Newbold, Mo Matadar

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Wigan Athletic

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Gabriel Agbonlahor replaces Emile Heskey.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.37 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.85 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.44 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

MANAGER

Roberto Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Wigan Athletic

GK Chris Kirkland | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gary Caldwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CB Titus Bramble | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Maynor Figueroa | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
RB Emerson Boyce | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐Ÿ” |
M Hendry Thomas | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Mohamed Diamรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M James McCarthy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Marcelo Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด |
CF Hugo Rodallega | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐ŸŸจ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 81โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 81โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Emerson Boyce | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง | (CF Jason Scotland | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |)
๐Ÿ” | M James McCarthy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Paul Scharner | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |)
๐Ÿ” | W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (W Victor Moses | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Vladimir Stojkoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Antonio Amaya | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Jordi Gรณmez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
W Scott Sinclair | 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: 1/11

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 : 11/18
Homegrown: 2/18

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 : 3/11

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 : 4/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 46%
Possession A | 54%
Shots F | 18
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 10
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 8
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 14
Fouls A | 10

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œIt was a very important win for us, away from home and against opposition who only a week ago beat Liverpool, so Iโ€™m pleased.

โ€œWeโ€™re hanging in there for the chase for fourth spot. Itโ€™s a difficult run-in for us but weโ€™re excited by it, weโ€™re going for it and weโ€™re going to try to achieve it.

โ€œWe knew our runs in the cups would lead to a packed schedule come the end of the season, but weโ€™ll face the challenges as they come. Iโ€™m just delighted with my players.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Tuesday, 16 March 2010

*James Milner underlined his potential as a possible World Cup starter for England with the winner as Aston Villa reignited their top-four push at Wigan.*

With Fabio Capelloโ€™s midfield options dwindling through injury, Milner showed he can be called upon if needed with Villaโ€™s second to cap a fine display.

Wiganโ€™s James McCarthy had gifted Villa the lead with a bizarre own goal.

Gary Caldwell levelled with his head, but Milner had the final say in a match full of chances with a well taken shot.

The win takes the Villans, who have a game in hand, to within three points of Tottenham in that coveted fourth spot and marks boss Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s first March win in the Premier League in a decade.

It also means Villa remain the only side in the top flight unbeaten in 2010 - and if they can continue this kind of form their dream of Champions League football could well be realised.

That would also only help Milnerโ€™s bid to impress Capello, with the likes of Aaron Lennon and now David Beckham struggling with injury.

Wigan, on the other hand, remain just four points off the relegation zone and looking nervously over their shoulder with eight matches of the season remaining.

Predicting Wigan results has not been an easy task this season, with Roberto Martinezโ€™s side managing to beat Chelsea and Liverpool only to suffer heavy defeats by Portsmouth and, most recently, Bolton.

But this was one of the Laticsโ€™ more encouraging displays, even if their early verve going forward was not quite matched by their frail backline.

Charles Nโ€™Zogbia and Hugo Rodallega were generally to the fore going forward, the latter forcing Villa keeper Brad Friedel to save low down with a long-range effort on 20 minutes, while defender Maynor Figueroa also stung the Americanโ€™s palms from outside the box.

Defensively, though, it was another matter for the hosts, and in John Carew they found themselves up against a striker in a rich vein of form.

The Norwegian caused the home backline problems all night, and it was from his far-post header that McCarthy, under no pressure, inexplicably volleyed into his own net 25 minutes in.

A quarter of an hour later and Carew should have grabbed Villaโ€™s second, Chris Kirkland beating his shot away after Ashley Youngโ€™s through-ball, while Milner will have been disappointed not to have done better with a couple of efforts from the strikerโ€™s flick-ons.

Before that, though, Wigan had drawn level. Villaโ€™s lead had lasted less than two minutes when Caldwell rose to glance Nโ€™Zogbiaโ€™s free-kick into the far corner - and it was little more than they deserved.

However, although Marcelo Moreno let fly with a couple of shots from range, after that Villaโ€™s pace and incision going forward slowly began to tell and Wigan were reduced to trying to contain Villa.

Caldwell, heavily criticised for his performance during Saturdayโ€™s 4-0 defeat at Bolton, was particularly impressive - but he could do little about Milnerโ€™s strike when it came.

Kirkland flapped at a Young corner, the ball was only half-cleared, and Milner pounced to slam low into the net from 25 yards.

Wigan responded by sending on Victor Moses, and the signing from Crystal Palace was certainly a live-wire as the hosts pushed and probed around the Villa defence.

But, in truth, the Latics rarely looked like snatching a point despite their efforts, and in fact it was Villa substitute Steve Sidwell that came closest to a fourth goal in the game when his deflected shot nearly crept past Kirkland in injury time.

*Aston Villa boss Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIt was a very important win for us, away from home and against opposition who only a week ago beat Liverpool, so Iโ€™m pleased.

โ€œWeโ€™re hanging in there for the chase for fourth spot. Itโ€™s a difficult run-in for us but weโ€™re excited by it, weโ€™re going for it and weโ€™re going to try to achieve it.

โ€œWe knew our runs in the cups would lead to a packed schedule come the end of the season, but weโ€™ll face the challenges as they come. Iโ€™m just delighted with my players.โ€