Ali Al Habsi
The Omani keeper returned for his first start since mid-April and made a good early save from Bennett but could do nothing about Bent’s early opener. The ball placed just out of his reach as it bounced in off the post. He commanded his area well and generally his distribution was good but a better defense in front of him would have helped.
The young Spaniard replaced the injured Antolin Alcaraz and saw a good performance tainted by one lapse in concentration. He gave Bent too much room for the opening goal but otherwise gave a solid display with some crucial interceptions.
Captaining the side in the absence of Gary Caldwell and he got his fourth goal of the season to pull his side level midway through the first half. He rose above Bennett to head home Espinoza’s cross, reward for a solid display down the right hand side from the 33-year-old.
Controlling in midfield, tried to dictate the play as the more defensive man in the center of the pitch and occasionally dropped back into a sweeper role to allow Boyce and Espinoza to break down either wing.
The Scot was as lively as ever in attacking positions, he impressed throughout and was the creative spark for Wigan with his mazy dribbles and vision to deliver a perfect pass.
His work with Watson and McCarthy in the midfield was nice to watch as the hunted as a group to give Villa no time to settle on the ball. He linked up well going forward tried hard to get his side into the game but to no avail.
The Honduras international is not naturally a left wingback but he handled it well in the absence of Beausejour. The defensive side of his game is definitely not his strength but going forward he provided a good outlet for Wigan, he delivered a perfect cross for Boyce’s equalizer.
He drifted in and out of the game, he showed some lovely touches at times with good vision to play passes into Kone and McCarthy but they were all too frequent.
Making his last appearance before his loan spell ended the Austrian had a good game although the pace of Weimann and Agbonlahor gave him a few problems to deal with. He looked comfortable on the ball throughout and made some surging runs out of defense but was not able to create anything for his side.
He ran his heart out for Wigan, covering every blade of grass to try and get his side a foot hold in the game. His movement off the ball got him into some excellent positions but well-timed tackles limited the number of chances he had to shoot.
He was full of running in attack and although he got himself into some threatening positions he was unable to convert them. He broke away from the Villa defense on a couple of occasions but poorly weighted passes and wasteful shooting saw him fail to test Guzan.
The keeper did not have much to do in the open quarter of an hour as the Wigan attacked struggled to test him. However he was unable to reach Boyce's header for the opening goal and tried valiantly to stop the scrambled second going in.
A solid performance at the back that was spoiled by an own goal that he could do nothing about. As Westwood cleared a Watson shot the ball struck him and rolled into the net. Otherwise he was dominant against the Wigan forwards, making strong challenges and winning plenty of balls in the air.
The pace of Kone worried him but he was able to keep the Ivorian under control for large parts of the game and restrict the number of chances he had on goal. The defender turned goalscorer himself in the 60th minute as he volleyed a Joe Bennett free kick into the top corner of the net.
When the fullback was called into action he handled the runs of Gomez and Boyce well, making well-timed challenges so that they could not deliver crosses into the penalty area.
A fairly uneventful afternoon for the fullback, he was not able to get forward too much as he had Maloney to deal with and rightly he had to stay close to him.
An afternoon full of energy but one that lacked any real quality in his play. He linked up play well and tried to get his side into good positions but his final ball lacked quality.
The more attacking man in Villa's midfield three and he caused Wigan problems in advanced positions, but he never really took control of the game and was replaced by Dawkins in the 59th minute.
An impressive performance from Westwood in the midfield, he battled hard throughout against McArthur and McCarthy and had his fair of success. He was made a crucial goal-line clearance from Watson and was unlucky to see the ball strike Baker and go into his net.
Back in the side for a rare start he showed exactly what he is about with the opening goal from the edge of the area. He controlled a pass from Agbonlahor and fired into past Al Habsi into the back of the net. He was not heavily involved thereafter, he led the line well but hardly had any sights of goal.
The main threat in the Villa side with his pace and direct running, he created the opening goal for Bent and could have assisted more but the final ball lacked quality. He was replaced by Bowery in the 74th minute.
A good performance without ever really being heavily involved and threatening. He gave the Wigan defense plenty to be concerned about but offered very little in front of goal.
A late run-out for the 20-year-old in place of Boyce.
He replaced Watson in the 69th minute and was full of energy, clearly keen to impress ahead of next season, but he was never really a threat to the Villa defense.
Replaced Gomez in the 69th minute and gave better support to Kone but he too was frustrated by a lack of openings.