Wigan Athletic 1 Aston Villa 2
7:32pm Saturday 29th December 2007 in Sport
Aston Villa staged a second-half revival to claim a 2-1 win that ended Wigan's resurgence under new boss Steve Bruce and sent the Latics crashing back into the Premier League relegation zone.
Titus Bramble's first goal for Wigan, and his first for 16 months, gave the home side a deserved half-time lead at the JJB Stadium in atrocious conditions.
But centre-back Curtis Davies, starting his first league game for Villa, initially hauled his side level in the 55th minute, prior to Gabriel Agbonlahor netting the winner 15 minutes later.
John Carew hobbled off for Villa on 11 minutes after a challenge by Paul Scharner and was replaced by Luke Moore.
Marcus Bent and Antoine Sibierski squandered half chances for Wigan, but the Latics went ahead in the 28th minute.
Olof Mellberg was initially brave in blocking at point-blank range a drive from Ryan Taylor that was destined for the top right-hand corner.
But from the ensuing corner delivered into the heart of the area by Taylor, Bramble rose unchallenged to power a bullet-header past a helpless Scott Carson.
Villa drew level from a 55th-minute corner after Kevin Kilbane blocked a drive from Young.
Gareth Barry's inswinger found Davies, who headed home from six yards.
Davies' equaliser set the platform for Villa to then go on and win the game courtesy of Agbonlahor's seventh goal of the season.
Nigel Reo-Coker sprayed a raking pass into the left corner where Moore seized on the ball before finding Young.
Young then made his way to the deadball line and turned in a cross to the near post, where Agbonlahor headed home off the underside of the crossbar past Kirkland to complete Villa's stirring comeback.