Date: 11th August 2018 at 5:14pm
Written by:
Aston Villa
3 – 2
Wigan Athletic

Villa Park


11/08/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 34331

Referee: Simpson

Aston Villa Wigan Athletic
Chester (13), Dunkley (og 63), Bjarnason (94) Powell (41), Connolly (55)
Nyland Walton
Tuanzebe 65 James
Chester Dunkley
Jedinak Kipre
Hutton Robinson
Elmohamady Connolly
McGinn Morsy
Bjarnason McManaman
Green 74 Powell 68
Kodjia 87 Grigg 81


Taylor Walker
Whelan Vaughan 81
Hourihane 87 Windass 68
Moreira Bruce
Elphick Roberts
Hepburn-Murphy 74 Jones
Adomah 65 Evans

Game Statistics

17 Goal attempts 10
6 On Target 3
3 Corners 4
17 Fouls 16
1 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
50 % 50

Aston Villa opened the 2018/19 Championship campaign with a reasonably solid victory over Hull City last Monday and today we took to the pitch against newly promoted Wigan Athletic looking to make it six points from two games.

With a busier than expected summer after our much-needed takeover, keeping Jack Grealish and James Chester were the main transfer window highlights, but Wigan did see debuts for Orjan Nyland, John McGinn and a re-debut for Axel Tuanzebe.

The game started brightly enough with James Chester opening the scoring in the 13th minute, but Wigan hit back either side of the halftime break to take a 2-1 advantage. With plenty of pressure, a credited Chey Dunkley own goal got us back on level terms and in the fourth minute of stoppage time Birkir Bjarnason opened his account for the season to give us a 3-2 victory on home soil.

Maximum points for the campaign so far can’t be bad and we more dominated in the statistics that count so on we roll and optimism will hopefully continue to grow.


23 Replies to “Match Stats: Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic – Two Wins From Two”

  • 3 pts I’ll take, still don’t think Bruce is the man to take us forward, his team choices are fucking nonsense at times.

  • 3 points is 3 points doesn’t matter how we get them, I don’t think Bruce has much idea about team selection, but let’s say we got away with it and personally I will take that.
    It’s patently clear that we need strengthening and a striker must be our priority. Pleased to see Mc Ginn slotted straight in, he will definitely be a favourite with our fans.

    • will somebody explain team selection ie who they would of played, or is it just moaning for the sake of it

      • First off it’s not moaning for the sake of it, grow up, it’s a passing comment about playing players out of position.
        jedinak is not a CB, full stop, play players in their correct positions,
        Elphick a proper centre back who also scored last game sits on the bench while Bruce plays his favourites out of position.
        Hutton is RB
        Chester is CB
        Tuanzebe is DMD
        jedinak is DMD
        3 changes in Defence from a winning start away from home?
        Let’s hear your fucking take on it, or are you just bitching for the sake of it.

          • And I’m pleased about that, just wish he’d play players in their positions, I just don’t understand why you’d play a guy out of position and leave CB on the bench? But each to there own.

    • Having watched him play against Rangers a few times, I was more than happy we got him, be good to see if Bruce can get him playing in that CB role we’re struggling with 😉

  • everybody saying before game best team selection eve, could one of you clarify team selection please?

  • Much better against a very physical Wigan. Not only does McGinn look like a very good player, his link up play with Grealish was very promising. JG needs footballers around him who can understand what he is trying to do and not slow things down.
    A diamond 4 formation midfield with Bjarnason at the back, Grealish up front and McGinn and Hourihane wide
    would be good to see. Then if we play 2 up front with any combination from Kodjia, Adomah, Green, RHM, Davis etc ( Kidjia cannot play alone ) I will start believing we will get promotion.

  • Well done, top of the league. But 2 games in and goals not coming from a striker. Priority loan deal for Tammy, think then we would give kodja competition.

  • Team selection? I dunno, I’m not with the guys during the week. I don’t spend most of the week looking at how the oppos play. FFS give the bloke a break, we’re fallling from the 10th floor, and it’s still the tenth floor. So far, so good. Eh? Meh.

  • Eltoro you have no idea about football and would imagine you dont even go, just sit there moaning about how bad Bruce is doing
    They have not enough cover in defence
    so you would play elphick who cant defend as seen last week because he scored
    Jedinak is a experiment
    And i assume you said all this before kick off

    • To both, this site has standards chaps, can we lose the insults and the language – debate to your hearts content but remember we have younger viewers and think of the words you can omit whilst still making your points.

    • I do go to Games Kevin, been a season ticket holder whilst living in London and now Manchester, also travel to Glasgow when Villa are away to watch the mighty Gers, probably spent more on the Villa traveling to games then most, anyhow not sure what that as to do with having an opinion on team selection? I also have an opinion on the politics of this country but I don’t go to the House of Commons to air them?
      I never mentioned how bad Bruce was doing, I like the guy, I just don’t like the football his teams play and I don’t like managers who play their favs out of position just for the sake of it.
      And you’re correct in your assumption, I did say it before kick-off, because I was a bit perplexed why he’d change a winning formula (3-1 away) on our first home game?
      Winning team mentality and all that.
      Anyhow, off to the pub, Finishers arms Bolton, if you fancy a pint join us.

  • Agree re team selection – bloody hopeless.

    Elmo adds nothing as RW – we might as well play with 10!! Jedi is not a CB – as he proved last season on several occasions. Jimmy looks so far off it it’s amazing.

    For Ipswich, I would play:
    Elmo – Chessy – Axel – Cafu
    Whelan OR Birkir
    Adomah – Jack – McGinn – Green
    RHM (or Davis if fit)

    And I agree that Bruce is the wrong man to lead us. The football is turgid and there seems little plan. Shame really. Again, if we get up it will be in spite of Bruce and not because of him.

  • Performance might not have been brilliant, but great to see us fight back from being a goal down and you cant beat a last gasp winner. I really don’t get all the whinging after we’ve won – I’d agree that Jedi isn’t ideal at CB but Elphick is awful, he got pulled out of position on several occasions at Hull but luckily got away with it. Kodjia just needs a goal, he looks frustrated with himself and is low on confidence – problem is he needs to be playing to get it back again. When he’s firing on all cylinders he is by far and away our best striker. Not sure we will make many changes for next week unless we pick up a decent loan signing during the week. Could put Axel at CB alongside Chester, move Elmo back to RB and bring Uncle Albert back in at RW

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