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In a matchup of managers using systems unique for the English Premier League, Paul Lambert and Villa’s 5-3-2 was matched up against Roberto Martinez and Wigan’s 3-4-3.
Wigan no doubt saw the better of the play coming away with a dominant 3-0 win.
Brad Guzan again got the start in goal for Villa, but having given up 15 goals in the last three games, there will no doubt be some speculation about the possibility of Shay Given returning to the lineup.
To be fair to Guzan, there was little he could do about any of Wigan’s three goals.
Guzan was left for dead by his defense on all three chances.
Wigan scored their first goal on an unmarked header off a corner kick.
They picked up their second as Emerson Boyce made a ridiculous run right through the heart of Villa’s back line.
Their third goal came as Arouna Koné got in behind the Villa defense, beat Guzan and slotted home on the open net.
Guzan finished with two saves—neither of which was spectacular.
Villa’s defense has been an absolute monstrosity over the past three games. Boos rained down in Villa Park when Wigan scored their third goal which also led to a mass exodus of the home fans.
Eric Lichaj again started as a wing-back in Villa’s 5-3-2, but was constantly sucked centrally in the first half leaving Wigan with loads of space down the left flank.
Lichaj did a better job staying wide in the second half and was not responsible for any of the three goals that Villa conceded, but was still withdrawn in the 64th minute.
Offensively, Lichaj had a very nice service to Christian Benteke early in the second half which Benteke headed over the goal.
Villa now sit only a single point above the relegation zone.