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Aston Villa   0 - 2   Wigan

Hugo Rodallega unleashes a stunning strike to put Wigan ahead at Aston Villa
Rodallega unleashes a stunning strike to put Wigan ahead

By Mandeep Sanghera

Hugo Rodallega scored a stunning goal to help Wigan to victory over Aston Villa in manager Roberto Martinez's first game in charge of the Latics.

Charles N'Zogbia's shot had hit the post for Wigan before Rodallega angled in a spectacular half-volley from the corner of the area.

Wigan's Jason Koumas slotted in at the far post for their second goal as Villa's fans booed the home side.

Steve Sidwell headed a rare Villa chance wide but they were well beaten.

It was a thoroughly disappointing afternoon for Villa and their 35,000 supporters as Martinez enjoyed a dream start to life at Wigan.

606: DEBATE

Both teams had lost key personnel during the summer with Villa losing Gareth Barry to Manchester City, while Antonio Luis Valencia and Lee Cattermole had left Wigan.

The Latics have also seen a new manager installed in Martinez and they appear to have regrouped more quickly than the home side.

Wigan had wrestled the initiative from their hosts and, even before their opener, were the more threatening side.

Villa centre-back Curtis Davies got the benefit of the doubt that he had touched the ball when tackling Rodallega, who would have been clean through on goal but for the challenge.

Villa didn't deserve anything - O'Neill

N'Zogbia thought he had put the visitors ahead when he beat Villa keeper Brad Friedel with a low, angled 22-yard shot only to see his effort come back off the foot of the post.

The Midlands outfit were a side with the lethargy of pre-season still heavy in their legs and they eventually buckled.

Villa left-back Nicky Shorey could only flick a ball down Wigan's right side to Rodallega and the Colombian striker allowed the ball to bounce before sending a half-volley from the corner of the area dipping past Friedel for the first goal.

Only a goal-line clearance from James Milner after Rodallega's far-post header kept Wigan from extending their lead before Villa's restless fans were finally given a reason to hope.

Ashley Young curled a free-kick towards the top corner of the net but keeper Chris Kirkland was equal to the effort as he palmed the strike round the post.

Martinez salutes Wigan's bravery

Martinez rose to prominence during his stint at Swansea with the stylish passing football he instilled in his side.

His influence on the Wigan side was clear to see as their passing and movement was too much for a poor Villa side, epitomised by the second goal in the 56th minute.

Wigan's willing runners dragged Villa's defence out of position and allowed N'Zogbia to find Koumas, who slotted through the legs of Friedel to end a swift counter-attack.

Sidwell summed up Villa's frustration when he put a free header wide as the home side got their season off to an inauspicious start.

Wigan's over-confidence nearly cost them when a poor back-pass nearly allowed Young to score late on but Titus Bramble flung himself to deflect the strike over.


Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill:
"After the initial 15 minutes, we were second best all afternoon.

"You can analyse everything but at the end of it all I thought we looked tired, which was a wee bit of a surprise considering we've had a pretty decent pre-season.

"We've been beaten when we should have been ready to go, and it was very disappointing indeed."

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez:
"I always felt that we had too many disruptions this pre-season and we knew the key to the game was going to be the first 10, 15 minutes.

"Villa put us under massive pressure and I'm proud of the players for the way they dealt with that situation.

"After that, Wigan Athletic deserved to win. It's been a big turnaround and credit should go to the players."

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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 0-2 Wigan FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Rodallega 31
    • Koumas 56

    Aston Villa

    Substitutes

    Wigan

    Substitutes

    Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 35,578
    ASTON VILLA
    WIGAN

    Possession

    • Aston Villa 42%
    • Wigan 58%

    Attempts on target

    • Aston Villa 5
    • Wigan 8

    Attempts off target

    • Aston Villa 6
    • Wigan 8

    Corners

    • Aston Villa 4
    • Wigan 6

    Fouls

    • Aston Villa 15
    • Wigan 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:02 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+3:20 Foul by Michael Brown on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by James Milner.
    • 90:00+2:54 Paul Scharner fouled by Nathan Delfouneso, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
    • 90:00+2:42 A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton.
    • 90:00+2:24 Foul by Hendry Thomas on Emile Heskey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
    • 90:00+1:53 Stiliyan Petrov challenges Jordi Gomez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hendry Thomas takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+0:47 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Jason Scotland coming on for Hugo Rodallega.
    • 88:53 Substitution Won-Hee Cho comes on in place of Jason Koumas.
    • 88:53 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Marc Albrighton.
    • 88:30 Ashley Young takes a shot. Blocked by Titus Bramble.
    • 86:12 James Milner delivers the ball, clearance made by Mario Melchiot.
    • 84:02 Direct free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
    • 84:02 Booking Ashley Young goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 83:58 Ashley Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Maynor Figueroa.
    • 83:24 Jason Koumas sends in a cross, clearance by Curtis Davies.
    • 82:55 Corner taken by Jason Koumas from the left by-line to the near post, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance.
    • 82:24 Booking Booking for Maynor Figueroa for time wasting.
    • 79:46 Shot by Jason Koumas. Save by Brad Friedel.
    • 78:51 The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ashley Young from right channel, save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 78:51 Booking Titus Bramble goes into the referee's book.
    • 78:45 Foul by Titus Bramble on Emile Heskey, free kick awarded.
    • 78:35 Hugo Rodallega concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.
    • 77:40 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton, Steve Sidwell produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 76:13 Substitution Nathan Delfouneso is brought on as a substitute for Gabriel Agbonlahor.
    • 75:05 Scott Sinclair takes a shot.
    • 74:39 Inswinging corner taken by Jordi Gomez from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Stiliyan Petrov.
    • 74:18 Effort on goal by Jordi Gomez from 25 yards. Brad Friedel makes a save.
    • 73:44 Hendry Thomas crosses the ball.
    • 72:39 Foul by Hendry Thomas on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from James Milner from the free kick.
    • 70:16 Jordi Gomez challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
    • 70:05 Jason Koumas sends in a cross, save made by Brad Friedel.
    • 68:41 Ashley Young sends in a cross, clearance by Titus Bramble.
    • 67:56 Substitution Marc Albrighton on for Habib Beye.
    • 67:23 Substitution Scott Sinclair on for Charles N'Zogbia.
    • 65:15 A cross is delivered by Steve Sidwell, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
    • 64:56 James Milner sends in a cross, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
    • 64:07 Centre by Nicky Shorey, clearance made by Michael Brown.
    • 63:58 James Milner crosses the ball, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
    • 60:06 Substitution Steve Sidwell is brought on as a substitute for Fabian Delph.
    • 59:58 Ashley Young sends in a cross.
    • 59:26 Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
    • 57:40 Paul Scharner challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from James Milner.
    • 55:25 Charles N'Zogbia provided the assist for the goal.
    • 55:25 GOAL - Jason KoumasAston Villa 0 - 2 Wigan Jason Koumas scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-2 Wigan.
    • 53:54 Foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Hendry Thomas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
    • 53:05 The ball is swung over by James Milner.
    • 52:06 Ashley Young delivers the ball, Close range headed effort by Carlos Cuellar misses to the right of the goal.
    • 51:41 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Milner.
    • 51:08 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
    • 50:37 Emile Heskey is ruled offside. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
    • 46:53 Unfair challenge on Hendry Thomas by Ashley Young results in a free kick. Chris Kirkland takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:19 Foul by Michael Brown on Stiliyan Petrov, free kick awarded. Stiliyan Petrov takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:17 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 42:37 Booking Fabian Delph goes into the referee's book.
    • 42:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Curtis Davies on Hendry Thomas. Jordi Gomez takes the direct free kick.
    • 42:08 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
    • 41:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Milner on Maynor Figueroa. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Titus Bramble on Emile Heskey. Stiliyan Petrov restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:52 Centre by Fabian Delph, clearance by Mario Melchiot.
    • 38:34 Corner taken by Fabian Delph from the right by-line played to the near post, Hendry Thomas makes a clearance.
    • 38:18 Ashley Young takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 37:33 Hendry Thomas is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.
    • 35:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Jordi Gomez. Nicky Shorey takes the direct free kick.
    • 34:59 Hendry Thomas has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 34:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Curtis Davies on Hugo Rodallega. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Hendry Thomas.
    • 31:42 Emile Heskey concedes a free kick for a foul on Hendry Thomas. Free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
    • 30:22 GOAL - Hugo RodallegaAston Villa 0 - 1 Wigan Hugo Rodallega finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Wigan.
    • 29:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Curtis Davies. Paul Scharner takes the direct free kick.
    • 26:22 Foul by Emile Heskey on Mario Melchiot, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
    • 22:04 Jordi Gomez has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Brad Friedel makes a save.
    • 21:44 Charles N'Zogbia is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
    • 21:18 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Clearance made by James Milner.
    • 20:23 Jordi Gomez decides to take a short corner.
    • 20:05 Inswinging corner taken by Jordi Gomez.
    • 19:51 Corner taken short by Jordi Gomez.
    • 19:13 James Milner takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 18:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scharner on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Gabriel Agbonlahor takes the direct free kick.
    • 16:44 James Milner delivers the ball, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
    • 15:57 Charles N'Zogbia has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box hitting the post.
    • 15:22 Titus Bramble produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 14:53 Stiliyan Petrov concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordi Gomez. Free kick taken by Jordi Gomez.
    • 14:22 Shot from just outside the box by Emile Heskey misses to the left of the target.
    • 13:35 Shot from just outside the area by Fabian Delph goes over the bar.
    • 13:12 Hendry Thomas challenges Fabian Delph unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stiliyan Petrov takes the direct free kick.
    • 12:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Mario Melchiot. Direct free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
    • 12:26 Effort from the edge of the area by Paul Scharner goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 11:50 Jason Koumas takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Emile Heskey manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:58 Fabian Delph challenges Michael Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Jordi Gomez, blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
    • 8:04 Stiliyan Petrov produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Titus Bramble gets a block in.
    • 7:40 The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance by Titus Bramble.
    • 6:15 Stiliyan Petrov has an effort at goal. Blocked by Titus Bramble.
    • 5:32 Hugo Rodallega gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Cuellar. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Cuellar.
    • 5:09 Ashley Young sends in a cross, Chris Kirkland makes a save.
    • 4:06 Foul by Maynor Figueroa on James Milner, free kick awarded. Habib Beye takes the direct free kick.
    • 3:25 Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Titus Bramble. Free kick taken by Michael Brown.
    • 1:08 A cross is delivered by James Milner, clearance by Mario Melchiot.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    15 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Aston Villa 0-2 Wigan R
    Blackburn 0-2 Man City R
    Bolton 0-1 Sunderland R
    Chelsea 2-1 Hull R
    Everton 1-6 Arsenal R
    Portsmouth 0-1 Fulham R
    Stoke 2-0 Burnley R
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    As it stood on 15 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Arsenal 1 5 3
    2 Man City 1 2 3
    3 Stoke 1 2 3
    4 West Ham 1 2 3
    5 Wigan 1 2 3
    6 Chelsea 1 1 3
    7 Fulham 1 1 3
    8 Sunderland 1 1 3
    9 Birmingham 0 0 0
    10 Liverpool 0 0 0
    11 Man Utd 0 0 0
    12 Tottenham 0 0 0
    13 Hull 1 -1 0
    14 Bolton 1 -1 0
    15 Portsmouth 1 -1 0
    16 Aston Villa 1 -2 0
    17 Blackburn 1 -2 0
    18 Burnley 1 -2 0
    19 Wolverhampton 1 -2 0
    20 Everton 1 -5 0

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