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December 29, 2012 11:00 PM MYT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 33374‎
 
 
 
 
Arouna Kone 56′
Top of the Match
James McCarthy
James McCarthy
Wigan Athletic
Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone
Wigan Athletic
Flop of the Match
Brett Holman
Brett Holman
Aston Villa
Joseph Bennett
Joseph Bennett
Aston Villa

Aston Villa 0-3 Wigan: Martinez’s men heap further misery on struggling Lambert

The Latics end their winless run but in the process inflict a third consecutive heavy defeat against Paul Lambert's inexperienced side with a win that rarely looked in doubt

By Arthur Virgo

Paul Lambert
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Wigan ended their six-game run without a win, cruising to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.

Ivan Ramis gave Roberto Martinez's side the lead after just three minutes, while quick-fire strikes in the second half from Emmerson Boyce and Arouna Kone sealed the tie.

Villa’s young side had gone into the game following two heavy defeats and Paul Lambert responded with an attack-minded 3-5-2 naming Stephen Ireland, Barry Bannan and Brett Holman in midfield. Ramis returned to the Latics line-up after a recent injury lay-off.

Wigan could have been given a chance to open the scoring in the second minute when Matt Lowton handled Franco Di Santo's long ball, but from the resulting corner that was awarded, Jean Beausejour’s floated delivery found the unmarked Ramis on the edge of the six-yard box and the Spaniard got away from Christian Benteke to power past Brad Guzan.

Shaun Maloney felt he too should have been awarded a spot-kick after being felled by Stephen Ireland in the area, and also fired a shot over from the edge of the area after strong work on the left from Beausejour.

Aston Villa grew in confidence however towards the end of the half, with Lowton and Joe Bennett each contributing from the wings as their midfield began to maintain possession.

Benteke had the ball in the back of the net after good work from Holman but goal was ruled out for an offside earlier in the move. The Belgian then turned provider for Holman, but he smashed his effort over from just inside the area.

The Villans continued to push forward in the second period, but were caught with a sucker-punch as Maloney received a quick throw-in and found Boyce who drove towards the box and played a one-two with Kone before sweeping the ball into the bottom corner.

Minutes later, Kone netted a third as Di Santo threaded a through-ball from outside the box to the Ivorian, who withstood a weak challenge from Lowton before rounding Guzan and rolling the ball into the net. The goal was met with fury from the home support, who began to depart the stadium.

Kone wasted a late chance to score a fourth, losing control of the ball after rounding Guzan, but the three points proved enough to lift the Latics out of the bottom three and plunge Villa into further doubt.


Aston Villa

1
Bradley Guzan
Goalkeeper
2.50
6
Ciaran Clark
Defender
2.50
3
Joseph Bennett
Defender
3.00
43
Eric Lichaj
Defender
64′
2.50
34
Matthew Lowton
Defender
80′
2.50
32
Stephen Ireland
Midfielder
63′
2.50
14
Brett Holman
Midfielder
64′
1.50
46
Barry Bannan
Midfielder
55′
3.00
17
Chris Herd
Midfielder
2.50
20
C. Benteke
Striker
3.00
10
3.00

Wigan Athletic

3.00
26
Ali Al Habsi
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
3.50
17
3.50
21
Iván Ramis
Defender
3′
3.00
3
4.00
16
James McCarthy
Midfielder
3.00
19
David Jones
Midfielder
65′
3.00
22
3.50
9
3.50
9
3.50
10
Shaun Maloney
Midfielder
43′

Substitutes

31
Shay Given
Goalkeeper
 - 
29
 - 
8
2.50
12
2.50
15
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40
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Substitutes

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12
Mike Pollitt
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Ronnie Stam
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
14
Jordi Gómez
Midfielder
79′
3.00
16
James McArthur
Midfielder
65′
 - 
15
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