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Game #5216

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Attendance: 23,001


Premier League

15th (+1)

Wigan Athletic

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

DW Stadium

Villa end a most difficult of campaigns with a draw at relegated Wigan to leave them with a stack of unwanted records under an unpopular manager and with a host of players either exiled or underperforming as they avoid relegation under Paul Lambert at the last thanks to the goals of Christian Benteke and latterly Gabby Agbonlahor without which a first relegation since 1986 was inevitable.

Wigan Athletic


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Gabriel Agbonlahor | 5โ€™ | Joe Bennett | 61โ€™ |


The exiled Darren Bent is recalled to the side for the final day and scores within five minutes - a typical example of the wasteful and vindictive misuse of players under Paul Lambert as the curtain closes on a torrid season, Sunday, 19 May 2013.




โšฝ | 5โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Darren Bent, Assist by Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿฅ… | 21โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Wigan Athletic), Emmerson Boyce
๐ŸŸจ | 41โ€™ Booking, Matt Lowton
๐Ÿฅ… | 45โ€™+3 Goal, 1-2, (Wigan Athletic), Nathan Baker o.g.
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Wigan Athletic 2-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 59โ€™ Sub off, Yacouba Sylla, Sub on, Simon Dawkins ๐Ÿ”ด
โšฝ | 61โ€™ Goal, 2-2, Ron Vlaar, Assist by Joe Bennett
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, Jordan Bowery
๐Ÿ” | 88โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Westwood, Sub on, Gary Gardner
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Wigan Athletic 2-2 Aston Villa


Paul Lambert's Villa end the season safe from relegation as โ€˜Petrov dayโ€™ celebrated the career and retirement of Villa great Stiliyan Petrov.

Yet putting those emotions aside, it would be difficult to imagine that a season without relegation could have been much worse.

Record defeats, lower league humiliation, sub par players and performances, the banishment of effective first teamers and a malevolent discontent meant that in normal circumstances Paul Lambert would have been another one term manager consigned to the dustbin of failure.

These werenโ€™t normal times however as a distracted and disconnected Chairman seemed to accept and indeed encourage this most bewildering of management regimes.

In truth Villaโ€™s form throughout the season meant they should have been relegated, before a late season victory over Stoke and Bentekeโ€™s goals gave them the impetus to stay up. Perhaps that end to the season bred over confidence, if true itโ€™s difficult to understand the chutzpah of forgetting the other 40 odd games of mostly ineptitude.

Whatever it was, this most undeserving of managers got an apparently emboldened endorsement for a second season.

Consider the statistics:

Sixteen defeats in 38 games, much maligned Alex McLeish delivered fourteen, Lambert had hit that total in 28 games.

Nine games conceding three or more goal in 38 Premier League games, McLeish had suffered four such games.

The biggest defeat in Villaโ€™s history, followed by the most goals conceded in successive games in Premier League history.

Five wins in twenty five League games, McLeish had delivered that many by New Years Eve 2011.

The five wins in the final ten games that effectively saved Villa came against Reading (19th, relegated), Queens Park Rangers (20th, relegated), Stoke City (13th, one point above Villa), Sunderland (17th) and Norwich.

Villa were never out of the bottom five, spending most of the season in 17th and 18th until the six-pointers against relegation rivals at the end of the season lifted them to a barely believable 15th placed finish.

McLeishโ€™s Villa never dropped lower than 15th until the final two games of the season when they fell to 16th after finishing without a win in ten.

Yet Lambert was not only still feted by a section of the support to the same degree as McLeish was hated, he was confirmed as manager of the club for 2013-14 even before the final placings had been realised.

Off the pitch there was chaos and recrimination with the infamous Bomb Squad of first team players not to be considered for duty robbing Villa of crucial experience, whilst players and systems were constantly changed leaving an incoherent manager presiding over an incoherent style of play.

Meanwhile, forward Simon Dawkins made his final appearance for Villa aged 25 before returning to Tottenham Hotspur at the end of his loan spell. Dawkins made 4 substitute appearances during his 5 months with Villa.

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


Wigan Athletic

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


Season | 2012-13 |
Matchday | #46 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #46 |
Sunday, 19 May 2013


Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Neil Swarbrick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Preston, 2005-2018
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 2-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ


Referee: Neil Swarbrick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Preston, 2005-2018
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 25 Jan 13, Villa 1-2 Millwall (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Darren England, Simon Bennett




Wigan Athletic

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Neil Swarbrick


Darren Bent and Matt Lowton replace Christian Benteke (suspended) and Eric Lichaj.


Starting XI Average Age
| 24.82 |

Oldest Player |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 29.30 |

Youngest Player |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | 21.80 |



Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Roberto Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Yacouba Sylla | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Wigan Athletic

GK Al Habsi | ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
RB Emmerson Boyce | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Romรกn Golobart | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Paul Scharner | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
M James McCarthy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Ben Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Shaun Maloney (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Jordi Gรณmez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
M James McArthur | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Roger Espinoza | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
CF Arouna Konรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |


๐Ÿ” F Simon Dawkins | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐Ÿ”ด | for M Yacouba Sylla | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 59โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Jordan Bowery | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 74โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 88โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | RB Emmerson Boyce | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง | (RB Edu Campabadal | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Ben Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Fraser Fyvie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Jordi Gรณmez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | (CF รngelo Henrรญquez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)


GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Karim El Ahmadi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |


GK Joel Robles | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Jordan Mustoe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Danny Redmond | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Franco Di Santo | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |


1st XI: ยฃ43.42m
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: 3/11

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 : 9/18
Homegrown: 5/18



Team Cost: ยฃ19.45m

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

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 : 6/18



Injury | 4 |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Illness | 1 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

Suspension | 1 |
Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

Bomb Squad | 1 |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Out on Loan | 3 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Stade Rennais
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Blackpool
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Mallorca


Not Reported

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


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance



F Simon Dawkins | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |


Possession F | 46%
Possession A | 54%
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 11


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โ€œWeโ€™ve been speaking [Christian Benteke] for the last few weeks, so weโ€™ll see what happens [about him wanting to leave].

โ€œItโ€™s important we keep the nucleus of the lads who are here and add to it. [Since February] I think itโ€™s only been the top four and Liverpool who have beaten us.

โ€œSome of the young lads have played over 30 Premier League games now, and that augurs well for the future. Iโ€™ve got no doubt theyโ€™ll be a lot better, because theyโ€™ll know what to expect. They donโ€™t look like novices anymore.โ€

Paul Lambert, Sunday, 19 May 2013.

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 19 May 2013

Wigan draw with Aston Villa as they ponder Roberto Martรญnezโ€™s decision

Roberto Martรญnez will meet the Wigan owner, Dave Whelan, in a weekโ€™s time to discuss his future, the Laticsโ€™ manager said after his relegated side ended their Premier League season with a performance that summed up many of their strengths and weaknesses.

โ€œWhether I am here or not is not important,โ€ said the Spaniard, the bookiesโ€™ favourite to replace David Moyes at Everton. โ€œWhatโ€™s important is we won the FA Cup, we have an incredible group of players who donโ€™t deserve to be in the position we are in the league, but most of all, the club is in the most solid position financially it has ever been in and is ready to bounce back. I can guarantee you, whoever is the manager has a bright, bright future.โ€

If not quite a valedictory blessing, it is not far off, though Martรญnez acknowledged there are going to be many comings and goings at the DW Stadium this summer. โ€œNext season there will be six guaranteed European games, the cups and 46 league games. There will be weeks when we play Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday. This season we had a squad of 22 players, 24 with the youngsters: we will need 27, and I wouldnโ€™t expect any of those out of contract [including Antolรญn Alcaraz and Franco Di Santo] to stay.โ€

Nor does he expect the likes of widely admired midfielders Shaun Maloney, James McCarthy and Callum McManaman โ€“ the latter two already reported to be targets for Liverpool โ€“ to remain.

โ€œEvery season weโ€™ve lost players. Manchester United lost Ronaldo. We lost Victor Moses but for the right value: we do not have to sell any player on the cheap. If a bigger club pays the right value, the recruitment department is ready to re-invest the money to make us stronger.โ€

Probably, he said, Wigan will need between 12 and 14 new players. There will be turnover at Villa too, confirmed manager Paul Lambert, though presumably on nothing like the same scale. One to depart will surely be Darren Bent, if the 29-year-old striker can find a club prepared to pay his ยฃ70,000-a-week wages, or more likely, that Villa agree to cut their losses and make up any shortfall.

In the circumstances it was probably inevitable that Bent, standing in for the suspended Christian Benteke, should make an immediate impact when Gabriel Agbonlahorโ€™s pass gave him a chance to shoot from the edge of the penalty area. He slipped as he did so, but his low effort was sufficiently accurate to beat the Wigan goalkeeper Ali al-Habsi. The equaliser was not long delayed.

That it was made and finished by the Wigan full-backs told its own attacking story as Roger Espinozaโ€™s left-wing cross was headed powerfully past the Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan by Emmerson Boyce.

Seconds before half-time, Wigan took the lead, when a scramble saw Ben Watsonโ€™s shot kicked off the line by Ashley Westwood, only for the ball to hit Nathan Baker and rebound over the line.

Villa levelled on the hour, and while the source of the goal may not have been extraordinary, the manner of its scoring undoubtedly was, centre-half Ron Vlaar bringing down a corner and nonchalantly volleying the ball into the top corner.

The marking was not so much poor as non-existent, and therein, of course, has lain Wiganโ€™s problem all season. Vlaarโ€™s goal was the 39th they have conceded at home in the league this season: no side has conceded more. They came desperately close to winning though, when McCarthy volleyed against the Villa crossbar.

Lambertโ€™s main job must be to secure Bentekeโ€™s future. As he pointed out, the Belgianโ€™s goalscoring record since the turn of the year puts him behind only Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.