If anyone was to offer any one of us two wins in a week after our back-to-back defeats to Cardiff and Reading then most of us would have snapped their hands off regardless of the opposition. To score four goals against both Norwich and Wigan was something else altogether.
Ok, ok, I won’t get overly excited by the fact that we managed 8 goals in 2 games but it was nice to walk away from Villa Park twice in the space of four days happy and contempt.
Steve Bruce named a completely different side to the side that beat Norwich on Saturday, handing debuts to the likes of Mitch Clark, Jake Dyle-Hayes, and Easah Suliman. As I expressed after the Norwich victory, a crowd of just 19,000 was a little disappointing – I hope the improved performances will get bums back on seats moving forward.
Villa has been criticized this season for being wasteful in front of goal and in the opening exchanges with Wigan it was no different. Wigan keeper Jamie Jones denied both Scott Hogan and Clark early on.
It was only a matter of time before the home side would take a chance as Wigan struggled with the pressure from Bruce’s men and it came after 19 minutes.
Gary Gardner played a fantastic ball over the top for Albert Adomah who hit a low ball across the area for Hogan to score from close range.
A second followed after 36 minutes when Birki Bjarnason crossed from the left and creator turn goal scorer Adomah got in front of his man to smash a volley into the top corner.
Against the run of play, Wigan pulled one back 2 minutes before half time. Ryan Colclough got the better of Ritchie De Laet and fired past Jed Steer in the Villa goal.
The home side quickly restored their two-goal lead much to the annoyance of the fans who chose to get down to the concourse for an early beverage.
Hogan spun on on the edge of the box and smashed the ball into the top corner to give him his second of the night.
Terell Thomas came close for Wigan early in the second half but they never really looked like scoring a second. In fact, it was quite nice to see Aston Villa win comfortably while always looking in control of the game. Maybe a few of the first team players could learn something from the younger lads.
Villa’s fourth and final goal of the night came from Icelandic International Bjarnason. De Laet got to the byline and cross the ball into the box and from out of nowhere, Bjarnason made it Aston Villa 4 Wigan 1.