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Aston Villa 0 - Wigan Athletic 0

Villa Park

31/01/09

Attendance: 41,766

Player Ratings and Summary

Vital Latics regular J_Mo compiles his findings on the goings on at Villa Park yesterday and gives each player their own special report, lets see what he has to say:

Star Player

Paul Scharner

Player Ratings


Kirkland - 6

Couple of decent saves and commanded his area well. Wouldn`t have been at fault for any of the goals had the defenders not been there to clear off the line.

Melchiot - 7

Solid as usual from the Latics` skipper. Got forward whenever he had the opportunity.

Boyce - 7

Dealt well with everything that came his way.

Bramble - 7

One or two nervy moments, but some key tackles later on more than made up for it.

Figueroa - 8

Looked unconvincing early on, but went on to be Latics` best defender. His header just before half time forced the best save of the game from Friedel.

Scharner - 9

Relished playing in the holding role and was everywhere. Gave us drive in the midfield and made some superb goal line clearances.

Brown - 6

Worked hard, but didn`t look comfortable playing out of position on the right in the second half.

Cattermole - 7

Like Brown, he got through a lot of work in the midfield. Couple of nice touches helped us keep possession.

De Ridder - 5

Ineffective, and should have done better with what was probably Latics` best chance of the game. Unsurprisingly substituted at half time.

Mido - 6

Was isolated for much of the first half, and wasn`t much better in the second.

Koumas - 5

Effort was there, but seemed invisible for a lot of the game. Set pieces could have been better.

Rodallega - 7

Probably Latics` most threatening attacking player. Could well turn out to be a really good signing once he gets a few games under his belt.

Watson - 7

A decent debut from the former Palace man, who looks more than capable of making the step up to the Premiership.

Manager Rating

Steve Bruce - 8

Had a game plan to avoid defeat today, and got his tactics spot on, thanks to a little bit of luck along the way.

Rob Styles - 7

Other than giving a ridiculous back pass decision against Kirkland, he had a decent game, and tried to let the game flow.

And finally…

Emile Heskey - 6

Got a positive reception before the game from the Wigan fans. Was contained well by Latics` defence though, and wasted his sole chance, heading straight at Kirkland.

Summary:

A few nervy moments caused by goalmouth scrambles, but a good result for the Latics. We even had a couple of chances to steal all three points, but I`m sure most of us will be happy with the draw, which our defensive efforts more than merited.

Highlight of the day was the guy making noises like a strangled llama. Could be nothing new to some of our regular away fans (maybe?), but I found it amusing at the time…

Overall, superb for us to remain in 7th despite all the recent transfer activity potentially affecting our performance on the pitch.




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Date:Sunday February 1 2009

Time: 10:52AM

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There were some very nervy moments I agree
worbo
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01/02/2009 10:54:00

Thanks at least we can have some fresh air for the time being from Villa
Saimon_blues
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01/02/2009 11:23:00

back pass was correct rulling I thought, especially after watching the replays, Styles also made some other very crucial decisions aided by the other officials which could of gone against Wigan as well which didn't.
Sprayzen
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01/02/2009 13:27:00

Like a penalty for handball perhaps??? Swings and roundabouts, sometimes you get a bit of luck and sometimes your opponents do, all I know is your lads on the goal line earned their wage yesterday, a good battle.
steff_the_villan
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01/02/2009 17:29:00

Thought there was a possible penalty when Rodallega was brought down, wanted to have another look on MOTD but they didn't show it, obviously.
yams
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02/02/2009 09:36:00

A little harsh on mido. He controlled and held up play, won a few balls, and got back to defend plus he played the 90min 2 games running so seems a little strange Rodallega got a higher score. With camara gone seems like all three front players will get a good run :)
pharo
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02/02/2009 18:45:00

 

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