• English Barclays Premier League
  • 29 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Villa Park
  • Attendance: 33,374
Aston VillaAston VillavWiganWigan
  • Ramis, 3
  • Boyce, 52
  • Koné, 56

live commentary


92 mins: Brad Guzan has to react quickly to block a shot from Callum McManaman

91 mins:There will be three added minutes played

90 mins:A yellow card for Andreas Weimann

89 mins:Wigan are just winding down this game for the closing moments

89 mins: Jordan Bowery takes a shot on the run from the right hand side of the area but it doesn't cause too much trouble for Ali Al-Habsi

87 mins: Arouna Koné replaced by Callum McManaman

85 mins: Andreas Weimann fires wide from an angle just inside the area. Villa are still plugging away but they have been poor this game

80 mins:A yellow card for Matthew Lowton

79 mins: Jordi Gómez comes on for Jean Beausejour

77 mins: Jordan Bowery has a shot blocked before Joe Bennett fires over from just outside the box

76 mins:There is not much quality in this game at the moment as the Villa fans continue to stream out of the ground

72 mins:Villa are trying to get something but one long kick from the keeper sends Arouna Koné clear. The striker knocks it round Brad Guzan but it's too heavy and goes behind

69 mins:Wigan with a free kick in a dangerous position but Shaun Maloney hits it straight into the wall

67 mins: Barry Bannan does well down the right but there is no one there to meet his cut-back into the area

64 mins: David Jones replaced by James McArthur

63 mins:Three changes for Villa. Stephen Ireland off for Karim El Ahmadi, Brett Holman off for Jordan Bowery and Eric Lichaj replaced by Marc Albrighton

59 mins:Kone's goal means it is now 15 conceded by Villa in their last three games - and there is still half an hour plus to go here

56 mins:GOAL. Aston Villa 0-3 Wigan, Arouna Koné put in by Franco Di Santo, he shrugs off a defender and goes round the keeper to put Wigan three up.

55 mins: Barry Bannan shown a yellow card

54 mins: Arouna Koné hits one from just outside the area that Brad Guzan saves

52 mins:GOAL. Aston Villa 0-2 Wigan, a goal from Emmerson Boyce. A one-two with Franco Di Santo and he finished confidently from the edge of the area.

49 mins:A strong start to the second half for the home side, starting this like they finished the first half

47 mins: Christian Benteke rises at the back post to meet an Eric Lichaj cross but he cannot guide it on target

45 mins:Villa get the second half underway


45 mins:There will be one added minute played

44 mins: Brett Holman hits one from long range but is screws wide of the target

43 mins: Brett Holman misses a great chance, he met a knock down from Christian Benteke and hit the crossbar from a difficult angle

42 mins: Shaun Maloney shown a yellow card

39 mins:Villa are enjoying their best spell of the game and are passing the ball around much better than earlier in the match

36 mins: Emmerson Boyce shown a yellow card

35 mins: Christian Benteke has the ball in the net but the flag is up as there had been an earlier offside

33 mins:Some better possession for Villa but the crowd react negatively as they have to go backwards when faced with a well-organised Wigan back line

31 mins:The conditions are worsening at Villa Park as the home team continue to struggle to carve out any real attacking danger

27 mins: James McCarthy this time plays Arouna Koné in but his shot from a tight angle was wild and went high and wide

24 mins: Shaun Maloney plays Arouna Koné in but a last gasp challenge from Chris Herd stops the danger

23 mins:Wigan continue to play some great football as Franco Di Santo and Arouna Koné cause problems for the Villa defence

20 mins: Jean Beausejour does well down the left and his cut back reaches Shaun Maloney, but his shot goes over the Villa goal

18 mins:The Villa Park faithful are getting restless as the home side give the ball away easily yet again and then struggle to clear their lines

16 mins: Andreas Weimann runs across the box and ends up taking on the shot, which flies well wide

13 mins: Franco Di Santo hits a long range effort high and wide of the Villa goal

11 mins:Wigan continue to look dangerous every time they come forward, further helped as Villa are giving them time and space

9 mins:Another penalty call for Wigan as Stephen Ireland brings down Shaun Maloney

8 mins:It has been a strong start for Wigan and the young Villa side need to keep their heads up

5 mins: Andreas Weimann hits an early shot on the run from just outside the box and it is saved by Ali Al-Habsi

3 mins:GOAL. Aston Villa 0-1 Wigan, a goal for Iván Ramis. A corner comes in and it is a free header for the defender from close range.

2 mins: Franco Di Santo appeals for handball against Matthew Lowton in the area. The referee gives nothing.

Wigan get the game underway

3 mins:Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, Jones, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo, Maloney

2 mins:Aston Vills: Guzan, Herd, Clark, Lichaj, Lowton, Ireland, Holman, Bannan, Bennett, Weimann, Benteke

1 mins:Welcome along to live text coverage of Aston Villa v Wigan from Villa Park in the Premier League

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 29 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Villa Park
  • Attendance: 33,374
Aston VillaAston VillavWiganWigan
  • Ramis, 3
  • Boyce, 52
  • Koné, 56

match report

Wigan Athletic climbed out of the relegation zone after two goals in five second-half minutes completed a comfortable victory over a confidence-drained Aston Villa.

Ivan Ramis rose unchallenged to head the visitors into a third-minute lead and although Villa rallied either side of the break, quick-fire strikes from Emmerson Boyce and Arouna Kone condemned Paul Lambert's side to a third consecutive humbling defeat.

They have now conceded 15 goals in their last three matches and drop into 17th place in the Premier League, while Wigan leapfrog them into 16th.

The visitors may have had a penalty within two minutes when Matthew Lowton handled a long ball into the box but the argument was deemed irrelevant when from the resulting corner Ramis was given yards of space in which to thunder a close-range header past Brad Guzan.

Roberto Martinez's side might have had the chance to make it 2-0 six minutes later when Shaun Maloney appeared to be felled by Stephen Ireland inside the box but once again referee Kevin Friend waved the claims away.

Wigan continued to dominate both possession and territory as a Villa side evidently bereft of belief left huge gaps all over their defence and midfield.

Maloney had a great chance to score after 21 minutes but drove his 15-yard shot over the bar while unmarked, before Kone wasted two good opportunities with heavy touches.

Villa suddenly came to life and after Christian Benteke had a goal rightly disallowed, Brett Holman struck the bar with a left-foot half-volley from an angle after a Benteke nod-down.

They continued their revival at the start of the second half and Benteke should have done better with a close-range header.

But they succumbed to a sucker-punch as Boyce exchanged passes with Kone on the edge of the box and swept a neat right-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Villa were stunned and hadn't recovered by the time Franco Di Santo picked the ball up in midfield four minutes later and slid Kone through on goal, the Ivorian neatly rounding Guzan before side-footing into an empty net.

To their credit, Villa responded well, kept fighting and created several half-chances, but a comeback never looked a possibility.

team line-up

22Brad Guzan
30Eric Lichaj64
27Joe Bennett
34Matthew Lowton
31Chris Herd
6Ciaran Clark
7Stephen Ireland63
25Barry Bannan
14Brett Holman64
26Andreas Weimann
20Christian Benteke


1Shay Given
21Jordan Bowery64
29Enda Stevens
8Karim El Ahmadi63
15Ashley Westwood
12Marc Albrighton64
40Samir Carruthers


Kevin Friend

team line-up

26Ali Al-Habsi
21Iván Ramis
5Gary Caldwell
31Maynor Figueroa
22Jean Beausejour79
4James McCarthy
6David Jones65
17Emmerson Boyce
2Arouna Koné87
10Shaun Maloney
9Franco Di Santo


25Roman Golobart
23Ronnie Stam
19Mauro Boselli
12Michael Pollitt
15Callum McManaman87
16James McArthur65
14Jordi Gómez79


Kevin Friend

match stats

possession %4554
shots on target25
shots off target63
tackles won1214