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9 August 2018

As we countdown to the first away day of the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season, we take a look at three classic encounters with Aston Villa!

  • A closer look at previous meetings between Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa.
  • Latics prepare for their first away trip of the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season.
  • Hugo Rodallega, Henri Camara, Jimmy Bullard and Alan Mahon all feature three stand out meetings with Villa.

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Aston Villa 0 Wigan Athletic 2 - Saturday 22 October 2005

Aaron Hughes own goal Aston Villa 0 Wigan Athletic 2

Jason Roberts and Damien Francis celebrate as Aaron Hughes turns the ball into his own net.

An Aaron Hughes own goal and a stunning strike from Alan Mahon earned Latics a fourth straight Premier League victory in our first ever season in the top flight, forming part of a six-game winning streak and a nine-match unbeaten run, much to the surprise of the rest of the division and the nation's best-known pundits.

Henri Camara forced Northern Ireland international Hughes into turning the ball into his own net in the first half, before Irishman Mahon confirmed the victory with eight minutes remaining, lashing in a first time, 25-yard effort from Jimmy Bullard's pass.

Alan Mahon celebration v Aston Villa 2005

Alan Mahon's stunner sealed victory at Villa Park.

It was the first meeting between Latics and Villa in 11 years, with the three previous clashes ending in defeat in League Cup bouts, but Paul Jewell's side's win in 2005 sparked a four-match unbeaten streak against their second city opposition.

Aston Villa: Sorensen, Hughes, Mellberg, Milner, Ridgewell, Samuel, Davis, Barry, Bakke (Berger 70), Phillips, Moore (Angel 54)
Subs: S.Taylor, Delaney, Djemba-Djemba

Latics: Filan, Chimbonda, Baines, Henchoz, De Zeeuw, Kavanagh, Bullard, Francis, Mahon, Camara, Roberts (Teale 68)
Subs: Pollitt, McMillan, R.Taylor, Jackson

Wigan Athletic 3 Aston Villa 2 - Tuesday 18 April 2006

24 years separated Latics' first ever meeting with Aston Villa at Springfield Park and their first ever clash at the then JJB Stadium, and our battle in 2006 didn't disappoint!

Leading goal scorer Henri Camara netted twice to ensure a vintage 3-2 victory in our debut Premier League campaign, but it wasn't without a fight, as Martin O'Neill's men pushed their hosts all the way.

Jimmy Bullard goal v Aston Villa 2006

Jimmy Bullard volleys Latics into a first half lead.

Jimmy Bullard gave Paul Jewell's Latics the lead with a stunning volley in the first half, but just eight minutes into the second 45, Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel had Villa level.

Parity didn't last long as Latics went in search of their first win in five matches, with Camara quickly pushing his side back in front three minutes later, before grabbing Latics a third on the hour mark.

The Senegalese frontman's penultimate goal of the campaign proved to be enough to earn our highest ever Premier League finish of 10th place in our first ever top flight campaign, even if future Latics loanee Liam Ridgewell threatened to spoil the party with a 67th minute second for Villa.

Henri Camara celebration v Aston Villa

On the double! Henri Camara netted twice to earn a classic win.

Latics lost their remaining three matches against Fulham, Portsmouth and Arsenal, but Jewell's charges had performed well above expectations to round off the 2005-06 season.

Latics: Filan, Chimbonda, Henchoz, Ziegler (McCulloch 81), Baines, Teale, Scharner, Francis (Kavanagh 79), Bullard, Camara, Roberts
Subs: Pollitt, R.Taylor, Johansson

Aston Villa: Sorensen, Hughes (De La Cruz 66), Milner, Cahill, Ridgewell, Samuel, McCann, Barry, Gardner (Agbonlahor 45), Angel, Baros
Subs: S.Taylor, Bouma, Phillips

Aston Villa 0 Wigan Athletic 2 - Saturday 15 August 2009

Hugo Rodallega and Jason Koumas celebration v Aston Villa

It was one of those 'I was there' moments... Hugo Rodallega's seemingly impossible goal is arguably the finest Premier League strike Latics supporters have ever seen and it was the perfect way to kick off the 2009-10 season away at Villa Park.

The Colombian's first time effort broke the deadlock shortly after the half an hour mark, and if you can't take our word for it, take a look for yourself...

Not only was Rodallega's goal a 'worldie', but it provided Roberto Martinez with the perfect start to his return to the club as manager in his first competitive fixture.

Jason Koumas' finish in the second half was similarly classy if not as spectacular as he slid the ball between Brad Friedel's legs, rounding off a 2-0 victory for former Latics midfielder Martinez and his new side.

Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Davies, Shorey, Beye (Albrighton 68), Milner, Young, Petrov, Delph (Sidwell 61), Agbonlahor (Delfouneso 77), Heskey
Subs: Guzan, Clark, Reo-Coker, Gardner

Latics: Kirkland, Melchiot, Figueroa, Bramble, Brown, Scharner, Thomas, Koumas (Cho 89), N'Zogbia (Sinclair 68), Gomez, Rodallega (Scotland 89)
Subs: Pollitt, Boyce, Edman, King

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