Villa’s chances of automatic qualification for the Uefa Cup were all but ended by Wigan Athletic following a disappointing afternoon at Villa Park.
A fine goalkeeping display by Chris Kirkland ensured Wigan remain in the Premier League next season.
Two second half strikes by Antonio Valencia were enough to give Wigan three points and mark an unhappy leaving party for Olof Mellberg.
Villa seemed to be lacking the attacking prowess which had seen them net 17 in their last 4 games.
This result however, offers a firm reality check that Aston Villa are very much ‘a work in progress’. The form of Chris Kirkland may have caught Martin O’Neill’s eye as Scott Carson’s loan spell comes to an end.
F/T: Aston Villa 0-2 Wigan Athletic
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