Aston Villa 0 Wigan 3 - match report

Aston Villa were booed at the full-time whistle as they suffered their third consecutive Premier League defeat following a humiliating loss to Wigan Athletic at Villa Park.

Paul Lambert pointing stock

Manager Paul Lambert called for a reaction from his players after they were hammered 8-0 and 4-0 by Chelsea and Tottenham in their last two games, but they produced another sluggish display and were comfortably beaten.

Lambert made four changes from the side which lost to Spurs on Boxing Day as injuries to key players hampered his selection plans.

Nathan Baker was ruled out with a hamstring injury so Eric Lichaj came in at right wing-back which meant Matthew Lowton moved into the trio of centre-backs.

Andreas Weimann overcame a calf injury to replace the suspended Fabian Delph while Stephen Ireland and Barry Bannan were preferred to Ashley Westwood and Karim El Ahmadi.

The claret and blues made a nightmare start to the game after they conceded from a corner in only the third minute.

Former Birmingham winger Jean Beausejour whipped a dangerous ball into the penalty area and Wigan defender Ivan Ramis caught Christian Benteke half asleep to powerfully head home after he lost his marker.

The home side continued to look under the weather and were given a let off shortly afterwards when Ireland fouled Villa old boy Shaun Maloney inside the penalty area but referee Kevin Friend waved away the Wigan appeals.

Villa finally started to find their stride and were unlucky not to get more out of jinking runs from Joe Bennett and Benteke as the first half wore on.

The claret and blues had the ball in the net in the 35th minute when Benteke slammed home from 10 yards out but the Belgium was teed up by Weimann who had been in an offside position.

Lambert’s side created their best chance of the game shortly before half-time when Bannan’s free-kick from deep was met by the head of Benteke and his knock down found Brett Holman who struck the crossbar from a tight angle.

The Villa boss sent his players out early for the second half, however it was Wigan who began with the greater vigour as they struck twice within the space of four minutes to effectively seal the win.

Emmerson Boyce showed great strength to hold off the Villa defence in the 52nd minute and played a neat one-two with Arouna Kone before he drilled a low shot past Brad Guzan into the bottom-left corner of the net.

Kone had been a nuisance to the Villa defence all afternoon and his persistence was rewarded moments later when he got on the end of a brilliant ball from Franco Di Santo spun Matthew Lowton and finished from a tight angle.

The Ivory Coast international was unlucky not have a second in the 74th minute when he got on the end of long punt up field to find himself one-on-one with Guzan only to run with ball out of play after a heavy touch as he tried to take the ball round the Villa keeper.

Lambert threw on Marc Albrighton, Jordan Bowery and El Ahmadi in a bid to change things but Villa created little of note in the remainder of the game and had a few lucky escapes as Wigan looked to hit them on the counter.

By Timothy Abraham

Comments for: "Aston Villa 0 Wigan 3 - match report"

Beret Croon Tin

The fact that Emmerson Boyce is able to play a neat one two before drilling in a low shot shows how much of a shambles we have become. Lambert has to go, he's way out of his depth.

robin mckay

Emerson Boyce is a good player - he doesn't score many but is a pivotal piece of our team.

Jackson

The only way this Villa Team has a chance of survival is in the Championship. Lerner needs to dig deep into his pockets and push Paul Lambert to get at least five experienced players; 2 in defence, 2 in midfield and 1 Striker in January 13. The kids alone are not cutting it. We don't just look like going down but at these performances, it's all we deserve. You cannot stay in the Premier League on the cheap.

Richard Kelsey

Very poor showing today, PL needs to get rid of a few overpaid and lazy players like Ireland who was shocking yet again. He was our most experienced player on the park and his performance and aapplication was woeful, would rather see one of the acadamy players given a chance. 3-5-2 is not working either, our midfield is too lightweight for that formation, get back to good old 4-4-2.

Ian Pankhurst

Something tells me the manager hasn't been allowing the players more freedom - Lambert needs to go.

What could be needed is to relax the players, perhaps encourage team cycling sessions round the Midlands country roads and hills - it can help clear their head and get back to playing football a club like us should be playing.

Lambert himself looks like he's let himself go on and off the pitch.

I for one would love nothing better than the return of the loving Gerard Houlliér - he just gets us.

Nigel Wheeler

I lay the blame firmly at Faulkner (CEO) and Lerners feet.

Faulkner for running the football side of the club into the ground and giving bad advise to Lerner and Lerner for listening to Faulkner

Faulkner out!!!!

Lerner invest in the club or sell!!

Evan Davies

If you invited Lambert onto Dragons Den to defend his AVFC start up project and seeking investment then I am sure Duncan Bannatyne would laugh him out of the Den.

Larusheed

Lerner out

Bjay744

Sorry, but we are now on our way down.

Lambert has no idea, we gave the game to Wigan.

We need experience in the team or on the bench.

I know they are not great players but we need Hutton and Warnock back at the club to steady the team. These kids do not have the know how to change the play, we are being beaten all round the defence and are not capable of doing anything. Why, no experience. Hutton and Warnock are experienced at Club and International level and they are playing every week in the Chanpionship. Can you see any player beating Hutton more than twice without him putting someone in their place or Warnock fannying around trying to beat half a team, like Bennett tries to do? No, they know better, because they are experienced proffesionals. Hutton is probably the worse signing down VP, but he is far better than the kids.

We need experience in the January sales, not untried kids. Problem is we will not attract the right people, as we saw with Dempsey. Talking about buying a reserve striker from Norwich scares me to death.

Lambert keeps saying the kids will come thro, but when? When we are in the 1st or 2nd division.

Fans say it is early days, but is it? 15 goals in 3 games is Sunday league football, and that may be where we are heading.

east stand reg

christmas 15 villa O. Baggies are waiting for their turn on the scoreometer.

Paul Villa

Agree with Bjay 744.

Also I always liked "Mcleish" !

Anyway get some experiance in and get rid of Lambert , he's out of his depth .

His time has now gone , and no other team would tollerate this mess .

The only positives are my three "A's" as I started with .

15 to 0 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

adrian

Guys, it's NOT Lambert's fault. Seriously, take a look at the team he has to deal with every week. One decent player in Benteke? A club dying right in front of your eyes.

Karl Turner

How many more games getting hammered !!! If we can't give the likes of Wigan a game at home, what's in store for the rest of the season. The experienced players (if you can call them that) have let us down big time. However, the younger players we have can't string a succession of passes together and create more than one chance.

442 is the formation we should be playing. Bent should be up front or even on the Bench (he can score goals). Ireland shouldn't be in the squad as he's a complete waste of time. Lamberts unfortunate Gabby and Zog are injured as we lack width for service into the box. What we need in Jan is three experienced players. A couple of midfield players who can pick a pass a get a grip of the game. We have no leader who can organise. I have faith in Lambert but he needs to sort it sooner rather than later. Hopefully we will stay up as i feel QPR, Reading and Southampton will be relegated.

Up the Villa

Dean

Let's be honest, this mess isn't down to Lambert. It's been three seasons of mis-management, selling our better players and replacements not been good enough. Where Lambert has spent I feel Benteke & Vlaar are decent. Lowton and Bennett have good and bad moments as you expect from young players who need a rest and El Hamadi and Holman both put in decent effort but produce little. (Holman not really a PL buy)

If it was known Dunne was to be out for so long then we should have kept Collins or Cuellar.

Hutton I think would struggle to play again at VP, he had an especially bad time. Warnock I would have back, he could even play in midfield like he did at the end of last season. His use of the ball is OK, not great, but he seems to be out of favour with fans for his own goal v QPR and his other almost own goal v Everton.

Why we weren't interested in N'Zonzi and Bassong is beyond me? Both would fit in Villa's wage structure and were available for peanuts. Norwich reserve striker is Morison, who led our defence a merry dance in the Carling Cup (not hard I know) and scored 10 goals last season ... our top scorer got 9 so don't write him off because Villa is a club trying to stay up and move forward. This is the type of player we will have to buy, why would any ambitious player join a club ran so poorly, get real. UTV get behind the team and be the 12th man, which in all honesty I think our fans have done largely so far.