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11 January 2019

Latics host Aston Villa at the DW Stadium on Saturday, the 20th league meeting between the two sides.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa.
  • Latics host Dean Smith's Villa at the DW Stadium.
  • New signing Anthony Pilkington is set to make his debut.

Aston Villa H


Latics return to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday following their Emirates FA Cup clash with West Bromwich Albion.

Aston Villa are the visitors to the DW Stadium, with Dean Smith's side aiming to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat away at Swansea City last weekend, whilst Paul Cook's men look for their first victory of the calendar year.

Villa sit 10th in the Championship table heading into kick off, five points behind the play-off places, whilst Latics begin the day in 20th place, knowing a victory could lift them as high as 18th.



Referee - Tony Harrington
Assistant Referee 1 - Timothy Wood
Assistant Referee 2 - Billy Smallwood
Fourth Official - Paul Marsden


Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa Head to Head

Our first league meeting with Aston Villa came back in October 2005 and formed part of our best ever Premier League run of victories. An Aaron Hughes own goal and a perfect Alan Mahon strike from distance earned a 2-0 win at Villa Park.

A similarly impressive Jimmy Bullard goal and a double from Henri Camara helped Latics to a 3-2 victory in the reverse fixture at home in April 2006.


Speaking to iFollow Latics ahead of his side's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Aston Villa at the DW Stadium on Saturday, Paul Cook said he's ready to hand new signing Anthony Pilkington his debut following the forward's move from Cardiff City earlier in the week.

"Anthony Pilkington has trained with us this week and he'll be coming straight into the team. We've needed a lift in our team lately and he's a great option and I'm delighted to have him here.

"We've also got Michael Jacobs back with us now and he'll be involved in the squad against Aston Villa.

"Add to that the fact that Nick Powell will be training on Monday and Gavin Massey isn't too far behind, there are signs of the rain stopping."

Latics will also be able to call upon captain Samy Morsy, who missed out on the Emirates FA Cup third round against West Bromwich Albion with a tight hamstring, and Darron Gibson, who was a late withdrawal from the team last weekend.

Antonee Robinson continues to make progress in his recovery, but is only expected to return next month.

Aston Villa will be without Jack Grealish, Axel Tuanzebe and goalkeeper Orjan Nyland for the trip to the DW Stadium, with midfielder Henri Lansbury a doubt.

New signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kortney Hause, will be available following his arrival earlier in the week.



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Match Reports


12 January 2019

Latics back to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship with impressive 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

  • Match Report: Wigan Athletic 3 – 0 Aston Villa
  • Goals from Gary Roberts, Michael Jacobs and a Joe Garner penalty seal brilliant win for Wigan Athletic against Aston Villa
  • Latics win first match of 2019 to move back up to 19th in the Sky Bet Championship

Roberts 41
Jacobs 78
Garner (pen) 82


Attendance: 13,882 (4,499 away)

Wigan Athletic were back to their best on Saturday afternoon as they won their first match of the calendar year with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Goals from Gary Roberts, Michael Jacobs and a Joe Garner penalty sealed the win for Paul Cook’s side as they battled hard and produced some real moments of quality to see of Dean Smith’s side at the DW Stadium.

Latics made three changes to their starting XI from the last Sky Bet Championship outing against Sheffield United on New Year's Day, with new signing Anthony Pilkington making his debut in place of the injured Gavin Massey, Jamie Jones was between the sticks in place of Christian Walton and Josh Windass replaced Darron Gibson against Aston Villa. Jacobs was back in the squad for the first time since his hamstring injury in early October and makes the bench.

Cook’s side again started well in a Championship clash and it took just three minutes for their first opening as Reece James crossed well for Windass, who connected with his volley well but was thwarted by Lovre Kalinic.

Villa had a golden chance to open the scoring soon after though as Jones rolled the ball out for Cedric Kipre, who didn’t see the pass coming and that allowed Yannick Bolasie to play in Tammy Abraham but he fired off target when well placed.

As the half wore on, Latics had more chances as Garner tried an audacious lob which went just wide and Cedric Kipre headed off target at the near post from a Reece James corner.

Cook’s side did get their opener soon after as, five minutes before the break, Kal Naismith provided a wonderful delivery from which Garner forced a smart save from Kalinic which saw the ball fall to Pilkington, who cut back for Roberts to finish superbly.

After the restart, Latics spurned early chances for a second as Windass fired wide from the edge of the area after a Garner flick on before Garner saw a header blocked from a Roberts corner.

Latics did seal the game in the closing stages, though, with a quickfire double of ruthless nature.

Firstly, a deep Lee Evans cross found Jacobs at the back post to head home his first goal since the opening day of the season on his first appearance October’s defeat at Preston North End.

Four minutes later, Latics’ third came after Windass won a penalty as Glenn Whelan fouled him in the penalty area, with Garner stepping up to convert the spot-kick.

Latics: Jones, James, Dunkley, Kipre, Naismith, Morsy (Capt), Evans, Pilkington (Jacobs 59), Windass, Roberts (Byrne 69), Garner (Vaughan 87)
Subs: Walton, Grigg, McManaman, Connolly

Aston Villa: Kalinic, Taylor, Chester (Capt), McGinn, Bolasie, Hourihane, Bree, Abraham, Bjarnason (Whelan 63), El Ghazi (Adomah 63), Elphick (Hause 63).
Subs: Steer, Hogan, Davis, Hutton.


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