Young Latics side exit Carabao Cup after Villa Park defeat
- Wigan Athletic lose to Aston Villa in Carabao Cup 2nd Round
- Ryan Colclough with first half strike for Latics
- Max Power makes first appearance of the season
- Jamie Jones and Noel Hunt make Latics debuts.
- Scott Hogan, Albert Adomah and Birkir Bjarnason with the Villa goals
ASTON VILLA 4
Hogan 19, 44
Paul Cook’s Latics suffered their first defeat of the season as a much -hanged team went down to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup 2nd Round.
Ryan Clough offered brief respite just before the break when he pulled goal back with a good strike inside the box, but Scott Hogan’s brace and goals from Albert Adomah and Birkir Bjarnason saw Latics exit the competition.
Cook largely reverted back to the squad who played versus Blackpool in the previous round, making four changes from that game, but eleven from starting XI versus Oldham. There was a debut in goal for Jamie Jones, while Max Power was back to make his first appearance of the season. Callum Elder was back after serving his three-match suspension and Will Grigg was captain for the night. For their part, Villa also made eleven changes from the weekend, five from their previous Carabao Cup game at Colchester.
Power had the first effort on goal, after four minutes, when he stung Jed Steer’s hands with a fierce 25 yard shot which the Villa keeper did well to hold on to. Villa immediately broke through Adomah but David Perkins brilliantly denied him as the winger was about to cross.
After eight minutes Scott Hogan broke free down the left side, cut in and shot but was excellently denied by Jones. Jones then had to be at full stretch two minutes later to palm away Mitchell Clark’s long-range effort low to his right. Gary Gardner then headed Adomah’s corner onto the crossbar via a deflection.
Latics were under serious pressure and finally conceded after 19 minutes, Adomah the provider down the right side and his low cross was turned in by Hogan with a predatory finish.
Without carving out anything clear cut, Latics did manage to get a foothold in the game but the good work was undone after 36 minutes when Bjarnason crossed from the left, and it fell perfectly for Adomah to meet it with first time volley from just inside the area that flew into the top corner; Jones again helpless.
Latics found a route back into the game when Colclough received Power’s pass and drove past Steer from 12 yards after 43 minutes but it was a brief respite with Hogan smashing home a minute later from the edge of the box.
Cook’s men had it all to do in the second half, and they began on the front foot.
Power swung in a free kick from near the corner flag on 46 minutes which Terell Thomas reached but flicked just wide of Steer’s far post.
Luke Burgess was introduced in place of Gilbey on 62 minutes, who was quickly followed by Callum Lang for Grigg in the 65th minute. What a stage for the 18 year-olds to make only their second appearance for the club.
Donervon Daniels had to be at full stretch to steal the ball from Hogan in the 67th minute as the striker looked set to break free into the box.
However, Villa did score when Bree’s cross from the right wasn’t cleared in the 74th minute and Bjarnason slid in at the far post to poke it home.
Noel Hunt made his Latics debut when he replaced Colclough in the 80th minute and almost scored when he found space in the box to shoot in the 89th minute, Steer at full stretch to deny him. Burgess then saw his goal-bound effort deflected for a corner in added time.
Latics: Jones, Burke, Thomas, Daniels, Elder, Power, Perkins, Gilbey (Burgess, 62), Laurent, Colclough (Hunt 80), Grigg (Lang, 66)
Subs not used: Lavercombe, Stubbs, Merrie, Gregory.
Aston Villa: Steer, De Laet, Elphick, Clark, Bjarnarson, Gardner, Doyle-Hayes (Lyden, 78), Bree, Adomah, Hogan, (Suliman, 81), O’Hare (McCormack 73).
Subs not used: Bunn, Abdo, Cox, Borg