Game #5180

2011-12

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Position:

7th (+1)

Premier League

Wigan Athletic

Villa Park

Attendance: 30,744

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Villa win for the first time in five Premier League games but extend their unbeaten run in the top tier to seven games at the start of the season under Alex McLeish.

Aston Villa

2-0

Wigan Athletic

Scorer(s) | Gabby Agbonlahor | 36’ | Darren Bent | 62’ |

Assist(s) | Barry Bannan | 36’ | Gabby Agbonlahor | 62’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5180

Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #11 |
League Game | #7 |
Manager Game | #11 |
Saturday, 1 October 2011

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Alex McLeish |
KO | 3.00pm |
Referee | Mark Clattenburg, Tyne and Wear |
HT Score | 1-0 |
FT Score | 2-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | DDLDW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistants: Simon Beck, Stephen Child

MATCH INCIDENTS

Mark Clattenburg

Villa

None

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

Team Cost:
| £72.41m |

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.83 |

Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | 35.47 |

Youngest Player |
M Barry Bannan | 21.85 |

TEAM NEWS

Darren Bent replaces Charles N'Zogbia.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
CB Carlos Cuéllar |
M Jermaine Jenas |
D Eric Lichaj |

Loan | 1 |
M Jean Makoun | Olympiacos Piraeus |
28 Aug 11 - 30 Jun 12 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 40%
Possession A | 60%
Shots F | 15
Shots A | 14
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 10
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 6

MANAGER

Alex McLeish

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Peter Grant
First Team Coach: Gordon Cowans
First Team Coach: Andy Watson
First Team Coach: Kevin MacDonald

STARTING LINE UP

GK Shay Given |
RB Alan Hutton |
LB Stephen Warnock |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB James Collins |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
M Fabian Delph |
M Barry Bannan |
M Stephen Ireland |
F Gabby Agbonlahor |
F Darren Bent |

SUBSTITUTES

CF Emile Heskey for M Stephen Ireland | 57’ |
W Charles N’Zogbia for F Darren Bent | 74’ |
F Andreas Weimann for F Gabby Agbonlahor | 85’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan
W Marc Albrighton
CB Ciaran Clark
M Chris Herd

THE OPPOSITION

GK Al Habsi, CB Gary Caldwell, RB Emmerson Boyce, LB Patrick van Aanholt, RB Ronnie Stam (M James McArthur), CB Maynor Figueroa, M James McCarthy (Connor Sammon), M Ben Watson, M Momo Diamé (M Shaun Maloney (ex)), CF Franco Di Santo, W Victor Moses.

Manager: Roberto Martínez.
Team Cost: £26.03m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Alex McLeish's Villa win for the first time in five Premier League games and are now unbeaten in seven League matches.

Gabby Agbonlahor celebrates his fourth Premier League goal of the season as he puts Villa ahead to set them on their way to a second win in seven unbeaten games under Alex McLeish, Saturday, 1 October 2011.

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2011/10/01/match-report-villa-2-0-wigan

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MATCH TIMELINE

36’ Goal, 1-0, Gabby Agbonlahor, Assist by Barry Bannan
HT Aston Villa 1-0 Wigan Athletic
57’ Sub off, Stephen Ireland, Sub on, Emile Heskey
62’ Goal, 2-0, Darren Bent, Assist by Gabby Agbonlahor
74’ Sub off, Darren Bent, Sub on, Charles N’Zogbia
85’ Sub off, Gabby Agbonlahor, Sub on, Andreas Weimann
FT Aston Villa 2-0 Wigan Athletic

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“At last we had big levels from our creative players. That’s probably what’s been missing in the past few games.

“We have had a lot of opportunities without executing the final ball and for me that has happened in a lot of games.

“I think the players have been very keen to get results for my staff and myself. We have a good relationship.

“There may have been a bit of anxiety in that respect. We have had solid performances from defenders and Shay Given in goal, who have to be the most consistent players in the team.

“If we can get the other creative players to the same level, they can cause any defender problems.”

Alex McLeish.

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 1 October 2011

"Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent proved too sharp for Wigan as Aston Villa maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season."

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*Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent proved too sharp for Wigan as Aston Villa maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.*

Agbonlahor cut inside from the left before crashing a shot past Ali Al-Habsi into the roof of the net for Villa’s opener.

Just past the hour Agbonlahor set up the second, crossing for Bent to net.
Wigan struggled to create chances and Shay Given was rarely troubled in the Villa goal.

The visitors, who had never lost in their previous six visits to Villa Park, were unable to replicate the type of threat that Agbonlahor and Bent offered Villa as Wigan slipped to a fourth successive defeat.

Victor Moses occasionally threatened with his close ball control and speed, while Franco Di Santo appealed for a second-half penalty when he went to ground after a challenge from Alan Hutton.

And Wigan, who won 10 corners to Villa’s five, did improve after the introduction of James McArthur but the fact that it took until the 71st minute for Given to make a serious save - first from Shaun Maloney and then from Di Santo - tells its own story.
Given made a couple more stoppage-time saves, while Wigan also went close after a corner, which having evaded a packed penalty area was cleared off the line by Barry Bannan.
The Scottish midfielder had an impressive game for Villa and his passing and vision stood out throughout.

It was Bannan who released Agbonlahor for his goal with a long-range curling pass after Stephen Warnock had dispossessed Mohamed Diame.

As Bent pulled away to the far post, Agbonlahor opted to go it alone, motoring past Gary Caldwell before unleashing a shot into the roof of the net.

Early in the second half, Agbonlahor’s willingness to take on the Wigan defence almost gave him a second goal but his shot went narrowly wide after a fine run.

Bent’s ability to drift away from his markers offered Wigan a different challenge to contend with.

The England striker had come close with a first-half header from a Bannan free-kick and after a neat piece of ball juggling and fierce shot, Bent was then denied by a superb reaction save from Al-Habsi.

The Wigan keeper had a busy afternoon and during a sustained period of second-half Villa pressure he saved superbly to deny Bannan and then Stiliyan Petrov.

But there was nothing he could do about Villa’s second when Agbonlahor crossed from the left and Bent finished with a precision volley.

In stoppage time Given was called into action when he got down quickly to save Moses’ defected shot and then safely gathered another Di Santo effort.

It is a defeat - given the way that Wigan struggled to create chances - that will provide plenty for Roberto Martinez to think about, particularly after he turned down the offer of talks over the Villa job in the summer.

Indeed Villa were so dominant they had the luxury of leaving former Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia on the bench until the 75th minute.

*Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish:*

“At last we had big levels from our creative players. That’s probably what’s been missing in the past few games.

“We have had a lot of opportunities without executing the final ball and for me that has happened in a lot of games.

“I think the players have been very keen to get results for my staff and myself. We have a good relationship.

“There may have been a bit of anxiety in that respect. We have had solid performances from defenders and Shay Given in goal, who have to be the most consistent players in the team.

“If we can get the other creative players to the same level, they can cause any defender problems.”

*Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent proved too sharp for Wigan as Aston Villa maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.*

Agbonlahor cut inside from the left before crashing a shot past Ali Al-Habsi into the roof of the net for Villa’s opener.

Just past the hour Agbonlahor set up the second, crossing for Bent to net.
Wigan struggled to create chances and Shay Given was rarely troubled in the Villa goal.

The visitors, who had never lost in their previous six visits to Villa Park, were unable to replicate the type of threat that Agbonlahor and Bent offered Villa as Wigan slipped to a fourth successive defeat.

Victor Moses occasionally threatened with his close ball control and speed, while Franco Di Santo appealed for a second-half penalty when he went to ground after a challenge from Alan Hutton.

And Wigan, who won 10 corners to Villa’s five, did improve after the introduction of James McArthur but the fact that it took until the 71st minute for Given to make a serious save - first from Shaun Maloney and then from Di Santo - tells its own story.
Given made a couple more stoppage-time saves, while Wigan also went close after a corner, which having evaded a packed penalty area was cleared off the line by Barry Bannan.
The Scottish midfielder had an impressive game for Villa and his passing and vision stood out throughout.

It was Bannan who released Agbonlahor for his goal with a long-range curling pass after Stephen Warnock had dispossessed Mohamed Diame.

As Bent pulled away to the far post, Agbonlahor opted to go it alone, motoring past Gary Caldwell before unleashing a shot into the roof of the net.

Early in the second half, Agbonlahor’s willingness to take on the Wigan defence almost gave him a second goal but his shot went narrowly wide after a fine run.

Bent’s ability to drift away from his markers offered Wigan a different challenge to contend with.

The England striker had come close with a first-half header from a Bannan free-kick and after a neat piece of ball juggling and fierce shot, Bent was then denied by a superb reaction save from Al-Habsi.

The Wigan keeper had a busy afternoon and during a sustained period of second-half Villa pressure he saved superbly to deny Bannan and then Stiliyan Petrov.

But there was nothing he could do about Villa’s second when Agbonlahor crossed from the left and Bent finished with a precision volley.

In stoppage time Given was called into action when he got down quickly to save Moses’ defected shot and then safely gathered another Di Santo effort.

It is a defeat - given the way that Wigan struggled to create chances - that will provide plenty for Roberto Martinez to think about, particularly after he turned down the offer of talks over the Villa job in the summer.

Indeed Villa were so dominant they had the luxury of leaving former Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia on the bench until the 75th minute.

*Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish:*

“At last we had big levels from our creative players. That’s probably what’s been missing in the past few games.

“We have had a lot of opportunities without executing the final ball and for me that has happened in a lot of games.

“I think the players have been very keen to get results for my staff and myself. We have a good relationship.

“There may have been a bit of anxiety in that respect. We have had solid performances from defenders and Shay Given in goal, who have to be the most consistent players in the team.

“If we can get the other creative players to the same level, they can cause any defender problems.”