Wigan 0-4 Aston Villa Highlights
Gabriel Agbonlahor scored one goal and made two as Villa won at a canter at Wigan’s JJB Stadium.
Gareth Barry gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot after Agbonlahor was felled by Titus Bramble.
The young striker bundled home the second from a flick-on by substitute John Carew before returning the favour for the Norwegian to head the third.
Steve Sidwell capped Villa’s afternoon by coming off the bench and rifling in a fourth goal, his first for the club.
The result and the manner in which it was achieved represents the perfect way for manager Martin O’Neill to complete his first century of games in charge of the Midlands side.
The Northern Irishman had warned beforehand of the dangers posed by Wigan but in truth the home side showed little of the fight on evidence in the recent home victory over Manchester City.
Villa started the more composed of the two sides and carved the first real opening when Barry’s knock-down gave James Milner the chance to shoot from inside the box but he pulled his effort wide.