Aston Villa defeated Wigan 2-0 on Saturday afternoon to make it an impressive 5 wins from their last 6 games.

If we’re being perfectly honest, Wigan were the better side for a large proportion of the match and they could have been a goal or two ahead before Villa took the lead courtesy of a bullet header from inspirational captain James Chester in the 73rd minute. Early on in the match Omar Bogle somehow contrived to fire wide after having rounded Sam Johnstone, and not long after Gabriel Obertan fired wide when in a promising position.

After conceding, Wigan had a great chance to equalize, but Bogle was denied by a fine fingertip save from Johnstone. Just minutes later, the game was put to bed when Scott Hogan, who has just returned from injury, scored his first goal for his new club when he headed in Albert Adomah’s cross.

Villa’s form has dramatically improved in recent weeks and, as a result, they have reduced the gap on sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday from 17 to 11. However, with just eight games to go, a play-off spot for Steve Bruce’s 12th-placed side remains unlikely.

Here are our player ratings for today’s game:

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