Aston Villa continued their impressive form of late with a satisfying 2-0 victory away to relegation candidates Wigan Athletic, with both goals coming in the final 20 minutes of play at the DW Stadium.
Steve Bruce’s side had a cagey opening 45 minutes as Latics striker Omar Bogle should have put the hosts ahead having rounded Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
Although the visitors did eventually take the advantage through defender James Chester, whom headed past Wigan ‘keeper Matt Gilks in the 73rd minute.
They doubled their lead ten minutes after when Scott Hogan got his head on the end of a Albert Adomah cross to ensure all three points were heading back to the Midlands.
Aston Villa have now won five of their last six outings and closed the gap with the play-offs to eleven points; that victory means they remain in the top-half on 51 points, alongside Barnsley and Cardiff City.
Here is how Villa supporters reacted to the game on Twitter…..
— Villa Views (@ViewsVilla) March 18, 2017
Poor first half but a turnaround second half, Hogan goal and a solid defensive display. Let's keep pushing and winning – can't beat it#AVFC
— Reece (@Reece_AV) March 18, 2017
Outstanding result from the Villa today. More of these please and we could be looking at the playoffs! #AVFC
— RL3079 (@Richardlusher) March 18, 2017
— AVFC Wakefield (@Dalkeef1981) March 18, 2017
#avfc results certainly much improved, still want performances/team to improve. Injuries a factor. Getting the rub of the green at present.
— Lee Inman (@LeeInman4) March 18, 2017
Get in there Villa!! 5 wins in 6 games ✅ 5 clean sheets in 6 games ✅ we are in great form & let's keep this winning streak going ????⚽ #avfc
— Darryl Ashcroft (@Darryl_Ashcroft) March 18, 2017
After a shaky start, Sam Johnstone has looked a lot better the past 6 or so games #avfc
— Aston Villa (@AstonVi36431556) March 18, 2017
Aston Villa fans, thoughts on the game? Who was your man of the match? Is a play-off spot still likely? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!