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May 19, 2013
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 23001
E. Boyce 20'
N. Baker 45'+ (own goal)
D. Bent 5'
R. Vlaar 60'
Thanks for joining me today and make sure to get all the reaction on Goal.com shortly.
90' + 3'
That's full-time and it's finished 2-2 at the DW Stadium.
90' + 1'
Maloney sends a corner into the box and the Villa defence are all over the place. The ball is worked to the left of the box for Golobart, who tries to delicately chip Guzan, but puts it over.
Wigan are pushing hard for a winner as we enter the three minutes of time added on
While Ashley Westwood is replaced by Gary Gardner.
Edu Campabadal comes on for Emmerson Boyce for the hosts.
Maloney whips in a dangerous ball and Guzan comes under pressure from Kone. But the striker gets too much on his header, though, and it goes well over the bar.
Yellow Card Emmerson Boyce
Emmerson Boyce is booked for taking out Simon Dawkins.
Can either side find a late winner? We've got ten remaining here at the DW Stadium.
Espinoza clips a cross into the box for McArthur, but his controlled side-footed effort cames back off the woodwork! Guzan was helpless as the ball sailed over his head.
You'd think that if Wigan can keep the nucleus of this side, then they'll have a very good chance of making an immediate return to the top-flight but it's going to be difficult for Dave Whelan to keep hold of his main assets.
Jordan Nathaniel Bowery
Villa make a change as Jordan Bowery comes on for Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Yellow Card James McCarthy
Angelo Henriquez replaces Jordi Gomez and Fraser Fyvie replaces Ben Watson as James McCarthy is booked.
Gomez fires a long ball into Kone's chest and Baker looks to have misjudged the flight. The Ivorian chests the ball in front of him, but the linesman's flag goes straight up.
Wigan have responded well to that equaliser. Fraser Fyvie and Angelo Henriquez are warming up on the touchline as Roberto Martinez looks to make a change.
That came out of absolutely nowhere but Villa are level
A free kick is lofted into the box and the Dutch centre-back brings it down and in one quick movement he swivels and hooks the ball past Al-Habsi. Brilliant goal, although Wigan's defenders should have been tighter.
Assist Joseph Bennett
Goal Ron Vlaar
GOAL! Ron Vlaar draws Villa level on the hour mark
Maloney twists and turns out wide and ends up drawing a foul. He takes the free kick quickly and the Villa defence aren't concentrating. Espinoza's cross from the left finds Boyce, but this time the defender's header skims off the crossbar.
Agobonlahor turns Golobart in the middle of the park and breaks forward, but he ends up running down a blind alley. The ball is layed back for Westwood, but his cross to the back post isn't good enough and easily cleared.
A poor header from Vlaar lets McCarthy in but Guzan shoots off his line and dives at his feet to quell the danger! That was sloppy play from the Dutch defender there and it nearly cost his team another goal.
Watson strikes at goal but Guzan gets down well to save. He didn't catch it was well as he would have wanted, but the Villa keeper showed a safe pair of hands in gathering it cleanly.
Paul Lambert's side have won 26 of their 40 points (65%) against other sides in the bottom half of the league this season but they trail here after taking an early lead.
The hosts get us back underway and they lead 2-1 thanks to that own goal just before the break. Remember to get in contact throughout the second-half via Twitter @RyanBailey37
Goal.com's Alex Fisher reports: "What a way to finish the half from Wigan, it may have been scrappy but they are ahead after a Nathan Baker own goal gives them the lead. A left wing corner brings a goalmouth scramble, Ben Watson's shot is cleared off the line by Ashley Westwood but his clearance hits Baker and rolls into the net. So Wigan ahead in what has been a fairly even contest."
And that's half-time
45' + 3'
The corner came in and it was Golobart who had the initial shot on goal, which was cleared off the line. A scramble ensued and Watson turned the ball towards goal, but it was Baker who was deemed to have got the decisive touch before it crossed the line.
45' + 2'
Own Goal Nathan Baker
GOAL! Right on the half-time whistle the hosts take the lead and it's a Nathan Baker own goal.
Three minutes to be added on at the end of this first period.
Approaching the half-time whistle at the DW Stadium and it's been a midfield battle so far but Villa have edged it and probably deserve to be in the lead on the run of play. However, they have failed to really test a very fragile looking Latics rearguard.
Gabby Agbonlahor skips past Roger Espinoza down the right but his fierce drive across the face of goal just misses Darren Bent in the middle.
Yellow Card Matthew Lowton
Matt Lowton is the first into the referee's notebook for a foul on Golobart.
At the other end, Maloney drives at the Villa defence and is brought down by Sylla on the edge of the area but the Scottish international's set-piece is comfortable for Guzan.
Paul Lambert's side have just come back into the game after a sticky ten minutes and are looking more likely but haven't quite got out of first gear yet.
Goal.com's Alex Fisher reports from the DW Stadium: "If anyone ever wondered why Wigan are going down Arouna Kone demonstrates it perfectly. The Ivorian robs Ron Vlaar on the half-way line leaving a three on one for Wigan, but his pass to James McCarthy is over hit and straight into the hands of Brad Guzan. You really should not be messing those chances up."
Delph and Westwood keep the ball well before the latter fires a wild shot over the crossbar from range as the game suddenly springs into life.
Matt Lowton drifts inside from the right and draws a foul from Ben Watson. It was dangerously close to the edge of the box but Delph's effort is well-blocked.
There's plenty of action in the middle of the park, but not much at either end despite the two goals.
Arouna Kone does well to hold off the challenge of two opponents and sets up Gomez but his effort is still rising.
The Latics have been comfortable on the ball, keeping good possession and you would have to say that they deserved that equaliser. However, not much happening in terms of goal scoring opportunities apart from the two goals.
The momentum has now swung in Wigan's favour as they begin to dominate the possession. Villa have now failed to keep a clean sheet in 2013.
Assist R. Espinoza
Goal Emmerson Boyce
GOAL! As the whole ground applauds for Stiliyan Petrov, Wigan break down the left with Roger Espinoza, he delivers a cross to the back post where Boyce beats Joe Bennett to head home.
Much better from Wigan as Maloney slips Kone down the side of the Villa defence but the striker delays and Bennett gets back to make a vital block.
Appeals for a penalty as Jordi Gomez's shot hit Ron Vlaar but the claims were more in hope than expectation from the home fans.
Arouna Kone looks to break forward but Brad Guzan is quickly off hus line to claim the loose ball.
The FA Cup winners are yet to get going in the opening exchanges and all the noise is inevitably coming from the away end.
That was Darren Bent's 3rd goal of the season albeit he's only started eight games this campaign. It could be his last game in a Villa shirt with a move away from the Midlands likely in the summer.
Wigan have failed to win any of their last six Premier League home games against today's opponents and things haven't exactly started well for Roberto Martinez this afternoon.
We've had a break in play as stewards are forced to remove a flare which was thrown on from the away end. The hosts get us back underway.
Perfect start for Paul Lambert's side as Agbonlahor drives through the heart of Wigan's midfield before slipping Bent in to fire low past Al-Habsi
Assist Gabriel Agbonlahor
Goal Darren Bent
GOAL! Darren Bent, on his return to the side, gives the visitors an early lead
Villa have started on the front foot and win a free-kick 25-yards out but Bennett's effort is easily pushed away by Ali Al-Habsi.
It's a carnival atmosphere inside a packed DW Stadium this afternoon with both sets of fans in fine voice.
The visitors kick-off and are well supported with over 4,000 away fans behind the goal away to my left.
The two teams emerge from the dressing rooms to the music from Pirates of the Caribbean!
Just a couple of minutes until kick-off at the DW Stadium. Feel free to get in touch via Twitter with your predictions, thoughts and opinions @RyanBailey37
In the 15 league matches between Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa since the former won promotion in 2005, the outcomes have been varied, with both sides having won five matches and drawn five.
The referee for this afternoon's encounter is Neil Swarbrick from Lancashire. He has yet to show a red card from 17 Premier League matches this season.
For Villa there are two changes, Christian Benteke is suspended so Darren Bent gets a rare start, and Matt Lowton returns in place of Eric Lichaj at right-back.
Three changes for Wigan from the defeat to Arsenal that confirmed their relegation. Ali Al Habsi returns in goal, Roman Golobart starts in defence and Ben Watson comes into midfield. Joel Robles, Antolin Alcaraz and Callum McManaman make way.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Sylla, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Bent, Agbonlahor. Subs: Given, El Ahmadi, N'Zogbia, Bowery, Dawkins, Herd, Gardner.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Golobart, Scharner, Espinoza, McCarthy, Watson, McArthur, Gomez, Kone, Maloney. Subs: Robles, Di Santo, Henriquez, Fyvie, Mustoe, Redmond, Campabadal.
After a difficult season, Villa can now look forward to a 22nd consecutive season in the Premier League and having spent the vast majority of the season fearing relegation, they can enjoy their final game safe in the knowledge that no result can send them down.
Roberto Martinez's side have only won one of their last seven matches - the great escape looked on after a draw against Tottenham and victory over West Brom but defeats to Swansea and Arsenal condemned them to the Championship.
Just three days after their victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup final, Wigan's relegation to the Championship was confirmed with a 4-1 defeat away at Arsenal, meaning Paul Lambert’s side are assured of top-flight football next season.
After eight seasons in the Premier League, the curtain finally comes down on Wigan's stay in the top flight and the Latics will be hoping to sign off with a victory on home soil, where a three-point haul would raise their tally to 38 points.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE coverage of Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa on the final day of the Barclays Premier League season. It was expected to be a relegation decider, but Wigan's demise means there is nothing left to play for but pride at the DW Stadium.
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