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Agbonlahor leads Villa to victory

Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor inspired Aston Villa to their first ever home Barclays Premier League win over Wigan with a 2-0 triumph.

Agbonlahor scored his fourth league goal of the campaign to break the deadlock before the break and created the second for Darren Bent.

Only a series of fine saves by Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi prevented Villa - still unbeaten in the league this season - from winning by a more emphatic margin.

Villa were the first to threaten with Agbonlahor making a powerful run but his shot was deflected into the hands of Ali Al Habsi.

A deep ball into the Wigan box from Stiliyan Petrov was headed by Bent into the path of the lively Agbonlahor but he fired over.

Good play by Agbonlahor allowed Stephen Ireland a free run at the Wigan area but he scooped his shot over the bar.

The impressive Agbonlahor put Villa ahead after 36 minutes. Stephen Warnock won possession and found Barry Bannan whose ball over the top was seized on by Agbonlahor. He turned inside Gary Caldwell before lashing a powerful shot past Al Habsi.

Wigan tried to retaliate and a mistake by Fabian Delph almost gifted them an equaliser. Victor Moses freed Franco Di Santo whose low cross-shot flashed inches wide.

Agbonlahor began the second half in the same vein as the first and almost doubled Villa's lead within 60 seconds but his curling shot after a mazy run was inches wide.

After 62 minutes Agbonlahor he created the second goal for Bent. He made a 50-yard run down the left flank before sending over an inviting centre which Bent side-footed past Al Habsi.

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