Villa Vs Latics Half-Time Report
A half of missed chances for both teams
Both Villa and Wigan have had golden goal scoring chances saved brilliantly by there respective goal keepers Friedel and Kirkland
Heskey for Villa has been a constant threat in the box which isn't a surprise against his old club however he was struggling to get off the park after the halftime whistle was blown.
Its clear what Villa's tatics are, hold the ball and slow up play, move down the left flank and send the ball into the box. Villa have had 2 chances on goal with both of those saved by Kirkland, 1 a tip over the bar the other a Heskey header right onto Kirkland's chest
Wigan started the game disjointed and it looked to be a long afternoon for the Latics, but this appears to be a common occurance whilst the game is played in a compact style instead of a free flowing style which suits the latics ball play movement accross the park due to the fitness levels the Latics players have especially in the middle of the park with Cattermole and Brown.
It took a while for Wigan to settle and work there way into the game but when they did it involved balls passing along the ground creating our 1st chance of the match. It started on the left flank in Wigans half, Koumas held the ball up and sent it accross the park out to Wigans right which connected to Melchiot again in wigans half, his pass along the ground saw Scharner move over the ball and draw Knight with him and opened the play up for a direct running De Ridder who collected and placed his shot on goal which was saved by a spreading Friedel
The 2nd chance for Wigan came right on halftime thanks to a Brown chip into the box which saw Figgy jump above the pack and connect with a bullett header, again saved brilliantly by Friedel
1. Brad Friedel
24. Carlos Cuellar 16. Zat Knight 15. Curtis Davies 2. Luke Young
26. Craig Gardner 19. Stiliyan Petrov 6. Gareth Barry 8. James Milner
18. Emile Heskey 11. Gabriel Agbonlahor
22. Bradley Guzan (GK) 4. Steve Sidwell 10. John Carew 14. Nathan Delfouneso 17. Moustapha Salifou 21. Nicky Shorey 27. Isaiah Osbourne
1. Chris Kirkland
25. Mario Melchiot 19. Titus Bramble 17. Emmerson Boyce 31. Maynor Figueroa
18. Daniel De Ridder 4. Lee Cattermole 7. Paul Scharner 11. Michael Brown
10. Jason Koumas 9. Mido
12. Michael Pollitt (GK) 3. Erik Edman 8. Ben Watson 20. Hugo Rodallega 21. Tomasz Cywka 23. Olivier Kapo 27. Henri Camara
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