Aston Villa are now winless in four after taking a thrashing in Lancashire. They lost 3-0 to Paul Cook’s Wigan Athletic, the bottom side in the Championship form table.
Since last weeks FA cup embarrassment, Dean Smith chose to involve both Yannick Bolasie and Anwar El-Ghazi to spark life into an un-inspired front line. Though his alterations made little difference to a performance dubbed as a career low from Villa’s head coach.
Making his league debut, Lovren Kalinic at least proved his worth. The Croatian prevented an early goal from Josh Windass, 2 minutes after kick off. Reece James had the freedom of the right wing and without pressure from Neil Taylor, the Wigan fullback crossed towards the six-yard box. Windass connected but Kallinic spread across the goal to prevent an early goal for the hosts.
In a game where Villa failed to register any shots on target, it was Wigan’s mistakes the provided the chances for an away victory. However, when Tammy Abraham missed the target from ten yards with goalkeeper Jamie Jones off his line, it wasn’t to be Villa’s day. Although what followed was unacceptable.
After Kalinic again denied Wigan an opener by beating away at his near post. Neil Taylor was torn apart on the flank by new Wigan recruit Anthony Pilkington before Gary Roberts converted his pull back. 1-0.
A second for the hosts came on the 80th minute. Windass one again made the most of the space on the wing. The former Rangers man curled a cross deep into Villa’s box, where Michael Jacobs cleverly headed across Kalinic’s goal to double the home advantage.
Five minutes later, and the deficit was made worse from a comical error by both Kortney Hause and Glen Whelan. Villa’s new signing forced the ball into Whelan’s feet and with poor control, the former Irish international made a hash of the situation and brought Windass down to concede a penalty. Joe Garner stepped up and converted, even if Kalinic got a strong hand to the ball as he stretched low towards his right-hand corner.
Whilst many of the Villa following will look to the January transfer window, matters on the field must take care of themselves. We now have two home games against Hull City and Ipswich coming up.