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Villa Park (ATT 41,766) 31st January 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Styles

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Last Updated at 7:33 pm, January 31st 2009

  1. FULL-TIME. That's it, Wigan have held Villa with some great defending. Thanks for your feedback, stay with us for reaction.

  2. 90 (+2)

    Wigan are finishing strongly. Watson gets onto a cross from the right but puts his shot from 8 yards out well over.

  3. 90 (+1)

    Rodallega takes the free-kick but his effort bounces back before he shoots wide of Friedel's right post.

  4. 90

    Cattermole wins a free-kick 25 yards out on the left after a challenge by Cuellar.

  5. 89

    Three minutes of injury time are announced.

  6. 89

    Villa again press but Agbonlahor's close-range header from a Barry cross from the left goes wide.

  7. 87

    Wigan win a free-kick 5 yards out to the left of the Villa box. They take but it is just over Mido's head at the far post for a goal kick.

  8. 85

    Milner takes the free-kick but it hits the wall and Cueller's ball back in runs through to Kirkland.

  9. 85

    Brown is booked for dissent after Bramble concedes a free-kick 25 yards out for a challenge on Carew.

  10. 83

    It is all Villa now but Wigan are holding firm. Kirkland punches away as Agbonlahor goes in on the keeper.

  11. 81

    Villa take the corner on the right but Wigan clear.

  12. 80

    Figueroa makes a fantastic last-ditch challenge on Agbonlahor to concede a corner.

  13. 78

    Kirkland punches a long ball away from Carew's head on the edge of the box.

  14. 76

    Scharner is now replaced by Watson.

  15. 75

    Petrov tees up Carew whose shot is cleared off the line by Scharner before he then clears an attempt by Young off the line as well. Wow!

  16. 74

    Koumas takes the free-kick but Cuellar heads clear. Villa break forward and Barry crosses from the left which Brown kicks back to Kirkland to concede a free-kick for a back-pass 7 yards out. Wigan are really protesting but it is correct.

  17. 74

    Heskey concedes a free-kick 10 yards out to the right of the box.

  18. 72

    Milner takes the free-kick and it bounces around the Villa line like a pinball but somehow Wigan clear through Bramble. Replays show Figueroa clears off the line.

  19. 71

    Villa win a free-kick 25 yards out on the left after a foul by Scharner.

  20. 70

    Young crosses from the left to Agbonlahor in the box. He swivels and shoots with his right foot from 12 yards out but his effort is well over.

  21. 69

    Wigan win a free-kick just inside Villa's box after Brown is fouled. Melchiot takes towards Mido on the far post but Villa clear out. Bramble then has a shot from 35 yards out in front of goal but he blasts it well over.

  22. 68

    Wigan punt a long ball forward and Mido flicks it on towards Rodallega in the box but it just runs through to Friedel.

  23. 67

    Barry crosses from 10 yards out on the left. Carew attempts an overhead kick in the box which goes wide and the big striker lands on his back - ouch!!

  24. 66

    Brown now brings Heskey down 35 yards in front of goal. Villa take and cross twice into the box but Wigan hold firm and clear upfield.

  25. 65

    Barry takes the free-kick. Heskey rises in the box but his header is cleared upfield.

  26. 64

    Barry wins a free-kick 35 yards out in front of goal after a challenge by Brown.

  27. 63

    Villa take the throw in but Wigan clear at the near post. Carew has got a Mohican hair-do!!

  28. 62

    Villa are trying to win the game, bringing on Carew for Gardner.

  29. 62

    Villa push down the right flank and win a throw in 15 yards out.

  30. 61

    Koumas takes the free-kick on the right. He lofts it into the box but Villa head clear and win a throw in on the right.

  31. 60

    Davies is booked after he catches Brown 35 yards out on the right.

  32. 59

    Wigan break forward and Mido shoots from the left side of the box but Friedel is down well to save at his near post.

  33. 58

    Milner crosses from the left and Gardner heads towards goal from 12 yards out but it is straight at Kirkland who saves.

  34. 57

    Villa take the second corner but Wigan manage to get the ball away. Scharner is down injured but is now up.

  35. 56

    Villa take the corner on the left and it takes a deflection for a corner on the right.

  36. 55

    Barry takes the free-kick and Knight's downward header bounces towards goal but it hits Kirkland's left post and bounces out. Villa come back and Gardner wins a corner on the left.

  37. 54

    Villa win a throw in 35 yards out on the left. They take and play the ball across to Gardner who is fouled by Figueroa for a Villa free-kick 30 yards out on the right.

  38. The replay shows Figueroa was falling over when it hits his arm so it wasn't intentional and a penalty would have been harsh.

  39. 52

    Wigan win a free kick on the right edge of the box. They take but Villa clear.

  40. 51

    Milner does well to skin Boyce and cross from the left byline. It seems to hit Figueroa on the hand and the crowd call for a penalty but the ref waves on.

  41. 49

    Villa take the throw in and Gardner does well to control the ball near the byline. His cross goes out and he claims Koumas has fouled him by the ref waves on for a goal kick.

  42. 48

    Agbonlahor tries to get in behind Bramble on the right of the box but the defender knocks it out for a throw in.

  43. 47

    Wigan press the Villa box but Mido's cross from the left is cleared.

  44. 46

    Wigan get the second period underway.

  45. Rodallega is coming for for the second half for the Latics in place for De Ridder, changing from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2.

  46. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go evens for a Villa win, 11/8 the draw and 4/1 for a Wigan win. I'm going to stick to my 2-1 Villa prediction, although the draw seems most likely at present, or even Wigan sneaking a win if O'Neill does not change things around to break the Latics down. What are your views? Please send them to steve.pass@bskyb.com and I will post up the best.

  47. HALF-TIME. It is a close game, with few chances, although three opportunities came late on. Hopefully it should open out for in the second period but Steve Bruce will be feeling pleased with himself so far in negating Villa's attacking threat.

  48. 45 (+1)

    Wigan take the corner but the ref blows for half-time.

  49. 45 (+1)

    Wigan take the corner and Heskey heads clear at the near post. The ball goes to Brown on the right who crosses into the box and Figueroa makes a clever run into the box for a free header from eight yards but Friedel makes a great one handed save with his left hand to push it out for another corner, this time on the right.

  50. 45 (+1)

    Knight concedes a corner on the left under pressure from Mido.

  51. 45

    One minute of time is added on.

  52. 45

    Wigan are pressing down the left flank but Knight clears from Mido in the box.

  53. 43

    Barry tries to feed Young on the left but his cross goes out for a goal kick.

  54. 42

    Barry flicks on a long ball to Agbonlahor on the edge of the box in front of goal. He uses his strength to create a yard of space from Boyce but puts his left footed effort well over.

  55. 41

    A long ball is punted towards Heskey on the right but Bramble gets there first and heads back to Kirkland.

  56. 39

    Barry crosses from 15 yards out on the left. Heskey rises well in the box but his header lacks power and is straight at Kirkland who catches easily.

  57. 38

    Wigan win a throw in 25 yards out on the left. Figueroa takes before crossing deep into the box but it is too deep and goes out for a Villa throw in on the left.

  58. 36

    Villa now win a free-kick 35 yards out on the left. They take and Scharner does well to head out on the far post. Good defending.

  59. 34

    Wigan take the free-kick. Gardner just gets a nick on the ball, which then bounces off Scharner's head outside the box. Cattermole latches onto the ball and blasts over from 25 yards out.

  60. 32

    De Ridder is sent tumbling by Barry just outside the right edge of the box and wins a free-kick in a dangerous area.

  61. 31

    Heskey passes from the centre of the park towards Barry to the right of the box but it is just too far in front of the player and goes out for a goal kick. Unlucky.

  62. 31

    Heskey crosses from the right side of the box but Bramble heads away.

  63. 30

    No more chances, although the game has opened up more in recent minutes.

  64. 28

    Friedel makes a great save to deny De Ridder. Melchiot passes to Scharner on the right but he dummies the ball to allow De Ridder a free shot on goal from just inside the right edge of the box but Friedel spreads himself well and saves.

  65. 27

    Scharner has Wigan's first effort - a long shot from 25 yards out on the left which goes well wide of Friedel's right post.

  66. 25

    Villa take the corner and Agbonlahor's free header from 5 yards out in the centre is cleared off the line but the ref has blown for an infringement by Heskey on the keeper.

  67. 24

    Villa work the ball well towards Milner near the byline on the left. His cross is cleared but he crosses again and Agbonlahor's backwards header from 15 yards is looping high towards goal and Kirkland has to push it over for a corner on the left.

  68. 23

    Wigan pin Villa back in their own half before feeding the ball through to Milner on the left. He crosses from 35 yards out but it is overhit and goes out for a goal kick.

  69. 21

    Villa punt a long ball forward to Heskey in the box but his back header from 15 yards is easily dealt with by Kirkland.

  70. 20

    Agbonlahor tries to turn Boyce on the left flank but the defender stops him this time and clears.

  71. 19

    Lull. No more chances as neither team can keep possession.

  72. 17

    Wigan take the free-kick towards Mido but Knight heads clear from the edge of the Villa box.

  73. 16

    Villa have a free-kick on the half way line. They knock it into the box but Wigan head clear before winning their own free-kick in their own half.

  74. 15

    A long ball is punted towards Heskey on the right who heads onto Agbonlahor but Wigan knock it out for a throw in 35 yards out on the left. Villa take and put in a cross but it goes out for a goal kick.

  75. 13

    No more chances. Neither team can keep possession in the middle of the park.

  76. 11

    Barry takes the corner but Kirkland comes out to claim the ball.

  77. 10

    Villa put a couple of crosses into the box and win a corner on the right from Bramble.

  78. 9

    Barry makes a charging run towards the Wigan box on the left but no one comes out to tackle so he shoots from just outside the box but it goes wide. It seemed to take a deflected but Rob Styles points for a goal kick.

  79. 8

    Villa take the free-kick and Heskey rises at the far post but can not get his head on it and it goes out for a goal kick.

  80. 7

    Gardner crosses from 30 yards out on the right but Figueroa charges the ball down for a Villa throw in 25 yards out. Villa take before Figueroa fouls for a Villa free-kick 35 yards out.

  81. 6

    Milner takes the corner and Davies heads over from 7 yards in front of goal. It was a little high for the defender and he could not keep it down.

  82. 5

    Barry forces a corner on the left.

  83. 3

    Agbonlahor turns Boyce inside out on the left wing before crossing towards Heskey in the box but it is behind the striker who misses the ball and it rolls through to Gardner on the right of the box but he blasts over.

  84. 2

    Milner crosses from the left into the box but Figueroa heads away.

  85. 1

    Villa get the game underway.

  86. FIRST VIEW - paul gibney of London says: "tough game for wigan, can't wait to see new signing rodallega, after terrific free kick at anfield." It will be tough Paul but Bruce is no mug and will have them well organised for this. Any more views? Please send them to: steve.pass@bskyb.com

  87. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 4/6 on for a Villa win, 13/5 the draw and 9/2 for a Wigan win. I'm going for a 2-1 Villa win, with Agbonlahor to score first which pays 25/1! What are your views - predictions? Please send them to steve.pass@bskyb.com and I will post up the best.

  88. Referee - Rob Styles

  89. Teams - Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Boyce, Figueroa, De Ridder, Cattermole, Scharner, Brown, Koumas, Mido. Subs: Pollitt, Edman, Watson, Rodallega, Cywka, Kapo, Camara.

  90. Teams - Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Knight, Davies, Luke Young, Gardner, Petrov, Barry, Milner, Heskey, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Carew, Delfouneso, Salifou, Shorey, Osbourne.

  91. Welcome to Villa Park where Martin O'Neill's high-fliers take on Steve Bruce's well-organised Latics. What are your views and predictions for today's game? Please send them to steve.pass@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.

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