Wigan Athletic moved a step closer to relegation from the Championship after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa.
Wigan started the match brightly with Omar Bogle being played through on goal but he was flagged offside.
The golden chance for Wigan came early on when Bogle took the ball round the keeper but couldn’t find the angle and fired into the side netting.
Villa nearly took the lead themselves but the header by Mike Jedinak was a tame one and was an easy catch for Matt Gilks.
Wigan then went close again through Gabriel Obertan, but his low drive edged just wide of the left post after being found by Bogle.
As half-time drew nearer Bogle latched on to a poor pass and then ran at Villa’s goal, winning a free-kick on the edge of the area when Conor Hourihane handled the ball.
Wigan come very close to taking the lead, but Michael Jacobs’ powerful free-kick was parried away by Sam Johnstone which ended a goalless first half.
The home side suffered a set back after the restart when Andy Kellett hobbled off with an injury and was replaced by Callum Connolly in the 54th minute.
Jacobs then found same space and forced a good save out of Johnstone who tipped the goal-bound effort round the post.
Wigan continued to increase the pressure when Connolly brought a good close range save from Johnstone who tipped the shot round his near post.
Villa responded with a corner that was flashed across the face of goal but no one could get the contact needed to open the scoring and the game remained 0-0.
The deadlock was eventually broken in the 73rd minute when a corner was scuffed by Gilks but captain James Chester was there to head the loose ball into the bottom left corner to give the visitors the lead.
The Latics nearly found an equaliser within a minute of the opener, but Bogle’s effort was deflected wide.
Villa then doubled their lead through subsitiute Scott Hogan’s header in the 84th minute, the Englishman being found by Adomah’s pin-point cross to put the game out of the home side’s reach.
The game finished 2-0 and leaves Wigan six points away from safety with the situation looking increasingly bleak for interim manager Graham Barrow.
Wigan Starting XI: Gilks, Morgan, Buxton, Burn, Kellett (Connolly 54′), Hanson, MacDonald, Jacobs, Morsy (Gilbey 82′), Obertan (Colclough 61′), Bogle
Wigan Substitutes: Perkins, Power, Gilbey, Connolly, Bruce, Colclough, Haugaard
Villa Starting XI: Johnstone, Bree (Hogan 60′), Chester, Jedinak, Taylor, Hutton, Gardner (Lansburyat 60′) Hourihane, Amavi, Adomah (Elphick 84′), Kodjia
Villa Substitutes: Richards, Lansbury, Elphick, Hogan, Bunn, Davis, Grealish