WHACKED BY WIGAN
Article By AnneMc34 Comments »Dec 29, 2012
The Latics ended their own winless run, in the process adding to Villa’s festive fiasco: Lambert’s Lions have now conceded 15 goals without reply over the course of their three Christmas fixtures.
The afternoon started badly: after only two minutes, Villa almost gave away a penalty when Lowton put his hand to a long ball intended for Di Santo and an unmarked Ramis calmly headed in from the ensuing corner.
The concession seemed to shake Villa and Maloney could have won a penalty for the visitors six minutes later when Ireland seemed to commit a foul on the edge of the box in his attempt to win the ball back.
Wigan dominated the first thirty minutes as Villa’s inexperience showed, with gaps appearing all across the defence and midfield. An unmarked Maloney had a great chance to put the visitors 0-2 ahead after 21 minutes but drove the ball over the ball. Kone then wasted two good chances to score.
At this point, the boys in claret and blue woke up and Benteke had a goal disallowed (showing once again the need for the offside rule to be revised at Bodymoor). Holman, working with a nodded ball from Benteke, then struck a left-footed volley from a tight angle off the bar.
After the break, Villa continued to chase the game and Benteke had an opportunity to equalise with a header from close range.
Boyce and Kone exchanged passes on the edge of the area, fooling Villa, and Boyce shot right-footed into the bottom corner of Guzan’s net.
Shell-shocked once more, the Villa midfield allowed Di Santo to pick the ball up and slide it through to Kone, who rounded Guzan and shot side-footed into the American’s empty net.
Villa battled on but in truth created little more than half chances and the inexperienced, deflated, injury-ravaged side never looked capable of staging a comeback.