Last Updated: 25/02/12 5:03pm
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A brave effort from Wigan, but they simply could not create a clear cut chance. Villa defended stoutly but you I expect the fans wanted a bit more from their attacking players.
At the other end Ireland wins a corner for Villa, but Di Santo does well to head the ball clear at the far post.
He hasn't done anything all day but Shay Given had to be very sharp there to push away Di Santo's low shot around the post. Top save.
With six changes and a serious injury to Darren Bent, I suppose Kevin Friend has every right to add on so much stoppage time. Can either team take advantage though?
N'Zogbia goes on a decent run down the left and wins himself a corner for Villa. Heskey is off balance with his header though and it goes over the bar.
Ireland is fouled 30 yards from goal, free kick to Villa. But Charles N'Zogbia fires it well over the bar.
Wigan are throwing at Villa at the moment. Moses chests down Cadlwell's cross from the left, Rodallega is on to it but his snap shot from 12 yards is straight at Shay Given - the first save he has had to make all day.
Chance straight away at the other end! Emmerson Boyce gets in a desperate tackle to stop Robbie Keane from getting a shot in on goal.
Oooh that was close! Hugo Rodallega spins expertly just inside the area and sends a left foot shot just over the bar. Great effort.
The Villa fans are making their feelings known about their manager - 'Sack McLeish' is the chant coming from the away section of the ground.
A sad sight as Darren Bent is stretchered off, he is replaced by former Wigan player Charles N'Zogbia.
The Villa physio indicates straight away that Bent cannot continue. This could be a huge blow not just for Villa but for England too.
Injury worry for Villa as Darren Bent goes down holding his ankle. The England man is writhing in agony on the turf.
That sums Wigan up. James McCarthy does really well to burst forward and run with pace, but with options right and left he can only pass straight to a Villa player.
You certainly cannot fault Wigan for effort, they are seeing plenty of the ball and desperately trying to create an opening. But they simply cannot turn possession into chances.
Another yellow card for Villa, this time for Cuellar, who felt he was shoved by DI Santo near the touchline.
Good refereeing there by Kevin Friend. Alan Hutton fouled Moses on the half-way line but Wigan kept possession. Friend waved play on and the ball did not go out of play for nearly a minute. When it did, though, Friend walked over to show Hutton the yellow card.
Jean Beausejour puts in another Wigan corner, Alcaraz rises at the far post, but the ball loops wide of the goal.
Wigan are screaming for a penalty after Di Santo sees his shot blocked by two Villa players inside the area. I think it would have been very harsh had the referee given it, the ball shot up from point blank range and brushed Gardner's arm. A second shot from Di Santo then hit Gardner's chest.
The game is going through a bit of a lull at the moment. I think that's the polite way of saying it.
Gomez flicks it on at the near post, it appears to be going just wide, but Bannan sticks out a leg anyway just to make sure and diverts it out for a throw in.
Jean Beausejour puts in a dangerous ball from the left that Collins just about deals with, slicing the ball over his own crossbar.
Great chance for Villa! Bannan floats the free-kick towards the far post, Collins heads it back into the six yard box but Carlos Cuellar can only head it straight at Al Habsi from six yards, he has to do better there the Villa defender.
Sam Ward thinks: "I feel wigan have been the better side so far. But Villa will win with goals by Keane and Bent in a 2-1 win. N'Zogbia will come on and provide the chances. Come on Villa!"
In response to Mark, Matt SMith says: " I think we have a decent set of midfielders - but we have a clueless manager!!!! MCLEISH one way taxi to wherever please. I'll pay!!"
Mark Carr says: "I just can't believe the way Villa are playing at the moment, or this season in fact. We can't put two passes together. We really need more quality midfielders!! Up the Villa, come on!!"
Matt Smith says via email: "Hopefully Gabby has been watching Keane's movement and learning from his knowledge of movement and space creation and decision making - shoot, shield or lay off. We sure will miss him. Typical McLeish to talk up N'Zogbia all week then leave him on the bench. UTV. Villa to win 3-0"
It's not the worst 0-0 you will ever see, but it aint the best either. Both teams need to start turning possession into chances if they are to win this one. Let me know your thoughts during the half time break Tom.Mallows@bskyb.com or Tweet me @Tom_Mallows.
After Wigan fail to clear a free-kick, Robbie Keane find himself in space, but his overhead kick has too much on it and the ball goes over.
Villa are finishing half the stronger side, they are enjoying plenty of the ball inside the Wigan half.
Alan Hutton thinks he deserves a free-kick when he goes down on the edge of the Wigan box, referee Kevin Friend waves play on though.
Albrighton puts in a corner from the Villa left but neither Cuellar nor Collins can head the ball towards goal and if drifts out of play.
More lovely build-up play from Wigan, resulting in Jean Beausejour putting in a cross from the left that Cuellar heads away at the far post. You have to admire the way they try and play football, despite their lowly position in the table.
James Collins is booked for a wild, late tackle on Di Santo. Free kick Wigan just inside the Villa half.
Villa clear, but Wigan quickly win possession again. They are dominating the ball at present but need to make it count by creating some more chances.
Gomez elects for the cross this time - bizzarrely - and Villa clear. The momentum is definitely with the hosts at present though.
Chaotic defending from Villa as Given comes all the way out of his area to head away, but it goes straight to a Wigan player! Villa successfully prevent a shot on goal but Albighton then fouls Moses on the edge of the box. Free kick Wigan and a booking for Albrighton.
While Villa have Keane, Wigan have Moses. He looks a really exciting prospect, always looking for the ball and keen to run at defenders with pace.
Another half-chance for Wigan as Gomez's inswinging corner falls just behind the onrushing Caldwell, who was unmarked at the far post.
Referee Kevin Friend has a word with Barry Bannan and skipper Gabby Agbonlahor, I think Friend didn't like something Bannan had said. No card though, just a ticking off.
That's a waste from Gomez. he goes for the direct shot and it blazes well over the bar, much to the frustration of the players who had gathered in the area waiting for the cross.
Carlos Cuellar handles the ball down the right flank, 15 yards from the touchline. Free kick to Wigan.
The pitch appears to be hindering both side's chances of playing a slick passing game, plenty of bumps and divets lurking here and there.
More patient play from Villa as Barry Bannan plays in the overlapping Warnock who fires an effort just wide.
Villa really will miss Keane when he departs, he is finding plenty of space inbetween the defence and midfield and always looks as though he can create chances.
Great save by Al Habsi!! Robbie Keane dinks in a fantastic pass with the outside of his boot towards the on-running Darren Bent, but Al Habsi does well to spread himself and block the shot away.
Keane nearly combined well with Albrighton on the edge of the box, but his through pass is just ahead of the young midfielder and Al Habsi goes down low to claim.
That Keane effort appears to have woken Villa up, they are enjoying a bit more possession than they did in the opening moments.
Moses is again causing problems down the left, he bursts into the area and his low cross to the far post is somehow missed by three WIgan players at the far post. Then on the break Robbie Keane has a shot tipped round the post by Ali Al Habsi.
Jordi Gomez controls a flick on from Franco Di Santo but his volley from distance goes well over the bar.
Gary Caldwell showed great technique to volley the ball first time at the far post but the ball loops onto the roof of the net.
The Wigan players gather in a pre-match huddle before kick-off - will they get back to winning ways at home?
Though it isn't a sell-out, there is a decent crowd building up inside the DW. Are Wigan set for another great escape? Are Villa going to haul themselves away from the bottom half of the table?
Lots of love for the Villa out there, not hearing from too many Latics fans though. In true Delia Smith style - Where are you?! Lets be having you!
Jimmy Davidson says: "Wigan, who are bottom, can't win today can they? Going for a 2-0 Villa win Bent and Albrighton."
Zach Kingsbury says: "I really expect a cracker today with both teams fighting for survival. I think a 7 goal thriller with Villa nicking it 4-3."
Yusef Donalala says via email: "Great to see Agbonlahor and Herd back. Will be sorry to see Keane leave as well. 3-1 to Villa. Bent, Keane and Agbonlahor."
Robbie Keane bids his Villa farewells after this match, will he go out with a bang? Villa fans, what are your thoughts on the loan star? Do you want him to sign a permanent deal? Email me Tom.Mallows@bskyb.com or send me a Tweet @Tom_Mallows
Wigan have won none of their last 10 Premier League games at home and they are 17/10 to change that statistic today. The draw is 9/2 and Villa are 8/5 to win, with Darren Bent favourite to open the scoring at 4/1.
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Wigan meanwhile are unchanged from the team that won at Bolton a fortnight ago as they chase their first Premier League victory at the DW Stadium since August.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is named as Aston Villa captain for the first time after Stiliyan Petrov was ruled out of today's clash with a thigh problem. It leaves the visitors badly stretched in central midfield, where Barry Bannan and Gary Gardner are expected to be paired together. Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia is only on the bench against his former club.
Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Collins, Cuellar, Warnock, Agbonlahor, Gardner, Keane, Bannan, Albrighton, Bent.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy, Gomez, Beausejour, Moses, Di Santo.