Ali Al Habsi
The Wigan stopper is critical to the club's survival hopes and made a number of brilliant stops proving a real obstacle for the Aston Villa attack.
Became Wigan’s record Premier League appearance holder but will be disappointed it could not be capped with a win. Made a brilliant tackle late on against Agbonlahor.
Made some towering headers to keep Bent at bay and made a crucial tackle on Agbonlahor with the pacey striker running in on goal.
Bombed forward to support Beausejour and Moses in attack and had a quiet afternoon in defence up against an ineffective Albrighton.
Calm in possession and powerful in the air the Scottish defender looked comfortable up against the dangerous Villa trio up front.
A neat passer of the football and always looked for the short pass. The Spaniard is a very good footballer though takes very few risks in his game
The Scottish midfielder has been in fine form of late and although he rarely wasted possession the midfield three were negative in possession giving Di Santo little support
Was the holding midfielder of the middle three and kept possession well though the large majority of his passing was sideways, to the frustrations of the Wigan fans.
Still settling in at his new club and didn’t receive a warm welcome from the visiting fans for his past association with Birmingham. Calm in possession and used it well though was up against a very competent defender in Alan Hutton.
Wigan’s go-to man, the tricky winger is full of running and appears to have been handed a free role by Roberto Martinez. Moses is direct but was well marshalled by the Villa defence.
F. Di Santo
The lone striker for Wigan does not score many but his hold up play and work rate are a key asset for Wigan’s attacking play.
Despite Wigan’s dominance the Villa keeper had very few saves to make but made a number of important punches from crosses when the home side were piling on the pressure.
Often found in the full-back position Cuellar was Villa’s best player in the centre of defence. The Spaniard was so calm and classy at the back making defending look easy.
The giant defender was without usual partner Richard Dunne at the back and despite being under a huge amount of pressure from Wigan he stood firm.
The full-back has struggled to find a home in the Premier League but has brought real stability to the Villa defence dealing with Moses with consummate ease.
Out of the side in recent weeks but didn’t look rusty in his familiar position and although he rarely got forward he stuck to his defensive task.
With Petrov out injured Gardner is enjoying an extended run in the first team though struggled to make any impact on today's game.
The diminutive midfielder was positive in midfield trying to link the play to Keane and Bent in attack. Villa did not have long stretches of possession so was a frustrating afternoon for Bannan
The usual lively direct winger was out of sorts and it was a surprise he stayed on the pitch as long as he did. Albrighton looked low on confidence and was woeful in possession and his work-rate was no consolation.
Came off injured late on to the despair of the Villa fans and spurned his side's best chance in the first half.
Handed the captain's armband though his side attacked so rarely he had no chance to run at the leaky Wigan defence.
Villa’s best player linking play brilliantly as he dropped off the strikers into midfield trying to create some chances for Bent. In his last appearance before heading off back to LA Galaxy the Villa supporters will be gutted to see him go.
- 22 B. Guzan
- 32 N. Baker
- 31 C. Herd
Ireland has become a popular player at Villa though the negative tactics employed by his side gave him no chance to have a positive impact on the game.
Yet to win over McLeish, the former Wigan player was introduced late on.
- 26 A. Weimann
Introduced to a chorus of boos but nearly scored late on his a powerful effort from the edge of the area