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
WIGAN ATHLETIC 3
Garner (pen) 82
ASTON VILLA 0
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.