Huge Bruce error: Three things learned about Aston Villa in win v Wigan
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Aston Villa’s 2-0 victory against Wigan in the Championship.
Jedinak must start in midfield
Aston Villa ace Mile Jedinak was used at centre-back once again by Steve Bruce and that was a big mistake by the manager, with the side missed his presence in midfield. The 32-year-old nearly gifted Wigan a goal in the first-half, when a poor back pass presented Omar Bogle the opportunity to score. The Midlands giants were without the injured Nathan Baker and Bruce decided to ignore option Tommy Elphick, who was left on the bench. Jedinak is a consistent performer for Villa, but his height means he is not a natural defender. The midfielder is a vital component when used in the centre of the park and Bruce needs to start him there in the next game.
4-4-2 formation didn’t convince
Bruce decided to start with a 4-4-2 formation against Wigan and his players did not suit the system. Villa looked too flat throughout and their midfield failed to really connect with the attackers. Jedinak’s absence from the middle was a notable blow, but Villa have are a much stronger side with a three-man midfield. The Midlands giants did manage to win, but that should not gloss over the fact they were facing a poor Wigan side. They should resort to a 4-3-3 system in the future if they want to gain promotion next season.
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Huge Hogan boost
Scott Hogan returned from injury off the bench to sore his first goal for the club. The 24-year-old proved in the first half of the season at Brentford that he can be prolific in front of goal, before his January more to Villa Park. The striker scored 14 goals for the Bees this season, but failed to net his first four games for Villa. Hogan could now become a pivotal player for Bruce if he can get back among the goals and his strike against Wigan should give him a massive boost.
In other Aston Villa news, a BBC Pundit claims he would sell the club’s star for £20million in the summer.