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Aston Villa Res vs Wigan: Warnock Captains Side in 1-0 Defeat

Villa reserves traveled to Wigan this afternoon and suffered their second successive defeat having gone 11 games unbeaten previous to the 3-1 defeat to Wolves last week. A young Villa side included the likes of 16-year-old Jordan Graham playing from the left and 15-year-old Robinson from the right. Stephen Warnock captained the side, lining up in centre midfield alongside Gary Gardner, arguably the man of the match once again, in a game the second string ended up losing 1-0 after a cross-cum-shot free-kick from Wigan’s Redmond. The young lions had plenty of possession but failed to carve out enough clear cut chances in a scrappy game at times.

Villa lined up as follows; Parish, Berry, Devine, Warnock, Deeney, Carruthers, Gardner, Herd, Graham, Robinson, Forrester. Subs: Taylor, Coton, Williams, Burke, Johnson.

16 year old Graham started on the left with 15 year old Robinson on the right while Durrell Berry played at centre-back with Daniel Devine and Herd filled in at right-back.

The home side had a good chance early on when Morris raced on to a through ball before rounding Elliot Parish and cutting back to Myler who shot wide under pressure.

Front man for Villa and constant livewire Harry Forrester then picked out Robinson on the right who cut inside, drilling a left-foot shot goalwards which Nicholls pushed behind.

The first of three incredible cross field passes in the match from Gardner then found the youngster again who was fouled. The resulting free-kick was floated in by Carruthers but Devine’s well-timed header sailed over.

Nothing was really separating the two teams in the first-half and it concluded 0-0.
The only goal of the game went to Wigan after the restart when Redmond fired in a free-kick with his left foot after Warnock had handled outside the box. Not sure if he intended it but it went straight into the top corner.
Redmond then fired in another dangerous free-kick with Wigan’s Robinson, forward but he glanced a header just wide.
A fantastic save from the home side keeper Nicholls denied Villa’s 15-year-old Robinson after he combined with Graham who showed great feet on the left before delivering a precise cross. Robinson controlled and shot with his left foot. only for a stunning one-handed save from the Wigan keeper.
Chaos ensued in the Wigan box when Gardner juggled with the ball before firing just wide from close range.
Villa’s young duo of Robinson and Graham were then replaced by Burke and Johnson.
Gary Gardner hit a hopeful shot from 25 yards which cannoned off a Wigan defender and almost dipped into the top corner, before Rugg latched on to Redmond’s clever through ball for the home side, forcing Parish to block his angled shot with his legs.

Late on Villa had what was their second reasonable claim for a penalty in the match when Warnock’s cross from the right looked destined for Devine but for a tug on the defender’s shirt. Again no penalty. Harsh on Villa but a 1-0 defeat sees them fail to capitalize on the 2 games in hand they held against league leaders Arsenal who we thumpred 10-1 earlier in the season.

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