Match: Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic
Date: August 22, 2017
Competition: Carabao Cup, Round 2
Venue: Villa Park
Weather: 21c, cloudy
Hogan 19, 44
A youthful Villa side cruised into the third round of the Carabao Cup – but it was the “old hands” who provided their passage.
On a night when Jake Doyle-Hayes and Mitchell Clark made impressive debuts, and Easah Suliman made a late substitute appearance, Villa’s more experienced players provided the goals.
Scott Hogan was on target twice either side of an Albert Adomah volley, while Birkir Bjarnason completed the scoring with his first goal for the club.
Hogan had already headed against the bar before the former Brentford striker opened the scoring.
It was a classic goal, Adomah moving on to Gary Gardner’s superb 40-yard pass and crossing low for Hogan to send a low drive inside the near post.
Adomah doubled the score with a brilliant left foot volley from Bjarnason’s deflected cross, and although Ryan Colclough reduced the deficit just before half-time, Hogan restored the two-goal advantage almost immediately.
Controlling the ball on the edge of the penalty area, he swiveled to send a stunning right-foot drive into the top corner.
There were fewer chances in the second half but Bjarnason added a fourth Villa goal with a close-range conversion from Ritchie De Laet’s 74th-minute cross.
ASTON VILLA: Steer; Bree, Elphick, De Laet, Clark; Gardner, Doyle-Hayes (Lyden 78); Adomah, O’Hare (McCormack 73), Bjarnason; Hogan (Suliman 81). Unused subs: Bunn, Abdo, Cox, Borg.
WIGAN: Jones; Burke, Daniels, Thomas, Elder; Colclough (Hunt 79), Power, Laurent, Perkins, Gilbey (Burgess 66); Grigg (Lang 62). Unused subs: Evans, Barrigan, Stubbs, Merrie.
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Moore
Assistant referee 2: Darren Strain
Fourth Official: Nigel Smith