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Aston Villa   1 - 1   Wigan

Wigan midfielder Charles N'Zogbia (centre) slots past Aston Villa keeper Brad Friedel
N'Zogbia (centre) slots past Friedel to give Wigan the lead

By Mandeep Sanghera

Wigan remain precariously placed in their relegation fight after a draw with Aston Villa, who appear to have guaranteed top-flight survival.

Latics winger Charles N'Zogbia angled in a shot after a Victor Moses lay-off to put the visitors ahead early on.

But Ashley Young steered a low 22-yard strike into the bottom corner in reply.

Hugo Rodallega shot narrowly wide for Wigan before Darren Bent had a late chance for Villa saved by Ali Al Habsi when clean through on goal.

In an anxious finish to a captivating match - in which both teams were threatening and vulnerable in equal measure - Wigan kept their nerve to secure a point.

Performance was sensational - Martinez

Villa moved on to 42 points, which is likely to be enough to preserve their Premier League status after a disappointing season.

The home side's poor record against the Latics also continued, and they have now failed to beat Wigan at home in a league game in six attempts.

N'Zogbia overcame a dead leg to play for the visitors and he did not take long to make an impact and provide evidence of his importance to manager Roberto Martinez.

Wigan midfielder Tom Cleverly robbed Kyle Walker, and Rodallega combined with Moses, who slipped in N'Zogbia to send a left-footed shot into the far corner after 10 minutes.

It was a promising foundation for the visitors to build on but, with only one clean sheet from their last 18 games, Wigan quickly lost their advantage.

Ashley Young picked himself up from a Ben Watson foul and touched the ball to Stiliyan Petrov from the free-kick before curling in a low shot past the despairing dive of Al Habsi.

Al Habsi fared better when his quick reactions helped fend away an eight-yard shot from Emile Heskey.

Heskey uncharacteristically lost his temper at referee Mike Jones after a perceived foul was not given in his favour.

The striker was lucky to escape a red card for squaring up to Jones as he was booked, and he continued to cut an angry and frustrated figure.

Young was rightly denied a spot-kick after falling in the Wigan area as the first half ended in frantic fashion.

Heskey lucky not to see red - McAllister

Cleverly sent in a powerful shot for Wigan which hit Walker on the arm as he turned to block the strike, with Jones waving away penalty appeals from the visitors.

Watson immediately sent a cross to the far post for Antolin Alcaraz, whose shot was blocked by a lunging Richard Dunne.

Heskey was replaced by Marc Albrighton at the interval and, with each side sensing the prospect of victory, each tried to engineer a telling opening.

Villa almost did so when Bent tackled Gary Caldwell before being denied a tap-in when Ashley Young's low cross was intercepted.

Wigan responded when Rodallega latched on to a Franco di Santo flick-on before swivelling and shooting in an effort which went agonisingly wide for the visitors.

The miss was almost punished when Ashley Young played Bent through on goal only for the England striker's sidefooted shot being crucially saved by the outstretched leg of Al Habsi in the last chance of the match.

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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Young 17
  • N'Zogbia 10

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Wigan

Substitutes

Ref: JonesAtt: 36,293
ASTON VILLA
WIGAN

Possession

  • Aston Villa 57%
  • Wigan 43%

Attempts on target

  • Aston Villa 7
  • Wigan 4

Attempts off target

  • Aston Villa 3
  • Wigan 3

Corners

  • Aston Villa 2
  • Wigan 5

Fouls

  • Aston Villa 6
  • Wigan 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:08 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+1:42 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 89:45 Unfair challenge on Marc Albrighton by Franco Di Santo results in a free kick. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.
  • 89:17 Booking Ashley Young is cautioned by the ref for dissent.
  • 82:45 Darren Bent takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 81:20 Substitution Victor Moses leaves the field to be replaced by James McArthur.
  • 80:11 Unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo by Nigel Reo-Coker results in a free kick. Ben Watson takes the free kick.
  • 79:35 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.
  • 78:56 Tom Cleverley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
  • 77:39 Luke Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Watson from right wing, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
  • 76:19 Hugo Rodallega produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 75:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Albrighton on James McCarthy. Antolin Alcaraz takes the free kick.
  • 75:04 Effort on goal by Stewart Downing from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
  • 74:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker by Franco Di Santo. Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.
  • 72:47 Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Tom Cleverley makes a clearance.
  • 68:55 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Franco Di Santo coming on for Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 66:15 Marc Albrighton sends in a cross, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.
  • 66:04 Short corner worked by Marc Albrighton.
  • 65:01 Foul by Emmerson Boyce on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:35 Marc Albrighton sends in a cross.
  • 62:13 Long range effort on goal by Richard Dunne goes wide left of the target.
  • 61:15 Charles N'Zogbia challenges Kyle Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Young delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Victor Moses.
  • 59:22 Marc Albrighton fouled by Emmerson Boyce, the ref awards a free kick. Luke Young takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:58 Marc Albrighton produces a cross, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
  • 54:17 Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 53:13 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.
  • 52:11 Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
  • 50:29 The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
  • 46:56 Stewart Downing produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Marc Albrighton replaces Emile Heskey.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:57 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+0:52 Ben Watson takes a short corner.
  • Correction - 45:00+0:33 Antolin Alcaraz takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
  • 45:00+0:33 Antolin Alcaraz takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
  • 45:00+0:22 Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Walker.
  • 45:00 Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 44:13 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the left by-line, Kyle Walker makes a clearance.
  • 43:17 Charles N'Zogbia has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
  • 40:22 Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 35:25 Unfair challenge on Victor Moses by James Collins results in a free kick. Antolin Alcaraz takes the free kick.
  • 32:29 Booking Booking for Emile Heskey for dissent.
  • 31:23 Victor Moses gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Young. Direct free kick taken by Luke Young.
  • 30:51 Ashley Young takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 29:57 Gary Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.
  • 28:17 Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson.
  • 22:13 Emile Heskey takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 21:47 The ball is swung over by Luke Young, James McCarthy makes a clearance.
  • 21:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Darren Bent. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.
  • 20:14 Unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Stiliyan Petrov results in a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
  • 16:08 Assist on the goal came from Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 16:08 GOAL - Ashley YoungAston Villa 1 - 1 Wigan Ashley Young grabs a goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan.
  • 15:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Watson on Ashley Young. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.
  • 13:23 Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Kyle Walker, free kick awarded. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Richard Dunne. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 9:33 The assist for the goal came from Victor Moses.
  • 9:33 GOAL - Charles N'ZogbiaAston Villa 0 - 1 Wigan A goal is scored by Charles N'Zogbia from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Wigan.
  • 7:55 Ashley Young delivers the ball, clearance by Gary Caldwell.
  • 5:25 Kyle Walker produces a cross, clearance by Gary Caldwell.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 7 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 35 38 73
2 Chelsea 35 38 70
3 Arsenal 35 32 67
4 Man City 35 21 62
5 Tottenham 35 7 56
6 Liverpool 35 15 55
7 Everton 36 6 51
8 Bolton 36 -1 46
9 Fulham 35 7 45
10 Newcastle 36 -1 44
11 Sunderland 36 -12 44
12 Stoke 35 0 43
13 West Brom 35 -14 43
14 Aston Villa 36 -13 42
15 Blackburn 36 -14 39
16 Birmingham 36 -18 39
17 Blackpool 36 -22 36
18 Wigan 36 -23 36
19 Wolves 35 -23 34
20 West Ham 36 -23 33

see also
Hammers game a 'final' - Martinez
07 May 11 |  Premier League
Heskey lucky not to see red - McAllister
07 May 11 |  Aston Villa
Saturday football as it happened
07 May 11 |  Football
Premier League photos
07 May 11 |  Football



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