Date: 13th January 2019 at 7:40am
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Aston Villa suffered a 3-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon and some supporters weren’t too pleased with the contributions of James Chester at the DW Stadium. The centre-back has struggled for consistency this season and many are questioning how he still gets into the team after another below-par display.

Against Wigan, Chester failed to make a successful tackle or interception over 90 minutes. The 29-year-old won two aerial duels and made six clearances, but he was suspect throughout the match and was arguably the worst-performing defender in the Villa side.

Dean Smith’s men have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven Championship games this season, shipping 13 goals in the process, and their hopes of attaining promotion look grim unless they can start shutting sides out again.

With Tommy Elphick being recalled from his season-long loan spell at Hull City and Kortney Hause being signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Villa have strengthened the defence in January. The changes haven’t led to a turnaround in results, however, which is a worry.

Only Rotherham United (25), Ipswich Town (22) and Bolton Wanderers (18) have scored fewer goals than Wigan (28) this season, so the Latics hitting three past Villa is a real disappointment.

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