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Match report: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Aston Villa

Wigan have won just two of their last ten league matches.

Interim Wigan manager Graham Barrow started his reign with a 2-0 defeat against Aston Villa at the DW Stadium.

In a scrappy encounter, Villa claimed their fifth win in six games thanks to second half goals coming from skipper James Chester and Scott Hogan.

Chester headed the visitors ahead in the 73rd minute before Hogan glanced Albert Adomah’s cross beyond Wigan goalkeeper Matt Gilks six minutes from time to wrap up all three points for Steve Bruce’s side.

Barrow, who was spending his first game in the Wigan hot seat since the sacking of Warren Joyce, would have been encouraged by the early threats his men posed in the opening stages.

Omar Bogle had a good chance to put the hosts ahead but could only find the side netting.

Gabriel Obertan fired his effort wide of the target, as the home side started to grow in confidence during the first half.

Villa kept Barrow’s men at bay before threatening to score at the other end when Chester headed over before the interval.

The home side went in desperate search for the equaliser after Bogle’s shot was deflected marginally wide.

Bogle spurned a golden opportunity, firing straight into the side netting after rounding Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Jonathan Kodjia weaved his way through into the Wigan box but Jake Buxton was on hand to deflect his shot comfortably wide.

Bogle picked up the ball from 25 yards but ballooned an effort high and wide.

The Latics forward then nudged the ball into the path of Obertan but his effort was narrowly off target.

Wigan looked the likeliest to take the lead as Jacobs stung the palms of Johnstone.

The home side were in fine voice as substitute Connolly did well to fire a rasping drive at Johnstone’s near post, with 25 minutes to play.  

Straight down the other end, Wigan were forced to scramble a succession of corners clear, as Kodjia came nearest to scoring.

Wigan: Gilks, Morgan, Buxton, Burn, Kellett (Connolly, 54), Hanson, MacDonald, Jacobs, Morsy (Gilbey, 82), Obertan (Colclough, 61) and Bogle. Subs not used: Perkins, Power, Bruce and Haugaard.

Aston Villa: Johnstone, Bree (Hogan, 60), Chester, Jedinak, Taylor, Hutton, Gardner (Lansbury, 60), Hourihane, Amavi, Adomah (Elphick, 84) and Kodjia. Subs not used: Richards,  Bunn, Davis and Grealish.

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Attendance: 14,811 (4781)

 

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