Agbonlahor leads Villa out of trouble
Wigan Athletic 1 Aston Villa 2: Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young maintained the Aston Villa resurgence with vital goals as Gerard Houllier's side pulled themselves further away from the relegation zone with this away win.
James McCarthy marked his return from injury by pulling one back as Villa finished in nervy fashion but the visitors hung on to leave Wigan, with just one win in nine, in trouble in the bottom three.
Villa’s £24million Darren Bent did not add to his debut goal but his arrival appears to have lifted the Midlands club, who are now six points above the drop zone.
Villa grabbed the lead in the 49th minute, Agbonlahor nodding the rebound from Carlos Cuellar's firm header.
Young doubled Villa's lead from the penalty spot after being brought down clumsily by Hendry Thomas just after the hour.
Wigan did not give up the fight and McCarthy pulled a goal back 10 minutes from time, although it did require a huge slice of luck, his 30 yard shot taking a huge deflection to end up in the bottom corner of the net.