Aston Villa 3-2 Wigan: Bjarnason attacks at death to snatch the loot

Aston Villa came from behind to beat Wigan 3-2 on Saturday after Birkir Bjarnason's goal

If Jack Grealish was really disappointed that his move to Tottenham did not materialize in the final crashes of the transfer window, there was no resentment shown towards him here.

The faithful of Aston Villa continue treating Grealish as their favorite son; "One of their own," proclaimed proudly the banner hanging from the upper level of Holte End.

Villa Park stood up to applaud the midfielder noisily when his name was announced before the game, when he trotted after his warm-up and every time he did something he passed with a neat touch or a shocking inner frame.

Aston Villa came from behind to beat Wigan 3-2 on Saturday after Birkir Bjarnason's goal

Aston Villa came from behind to beat Wigan 3-2 on Saturday after Birkir Bjarnason's goal

Birkir Bjarnason is harassed by Aston Villa players after scoring a winner in the 94th minute

Birkir Bjarnason is harassed by Aston Villa players after scoring a winner in the 94th minute

Birkir Bjarnason is harassed by Aston Villa players after scoring a winner in the 94th minute

Bjarnason's attack helped Villa complete an unlikely 2-1 win in favor

Bjarnason's attack helped Villa complete an unlikely 2-1 win in favor

Bjarnason's attack helped Villa complete an unlikely 2-1 win in favor

Bjarnason (left) stretches out in the back-post to snatch the booty from Steve Bruce's side

Bjarnason (left) stretches out in the back-post to snatch the booty from Steve Bruce's side

Bjarnason (left) stretches out in the back-post to snatch the booty from Steve Bruce's side

Grealish may have flirted with the prospect of playing the Champions League and the Premier League in north London, but Villa resisted all interests, the Spurs did not sign anyone and now the 22-year-old has no choice but to hobnob and continue.

That he did. With his hair falling and his socks folded to expose the calf muscles, Grealish took more of his share of the nasty kicks from the Wigan boots.

But while there was a strange vision of his undoubted class, the decisive moments in this game developed around him.

Of course, Grealish won the free-kick from which James Chester led Villa to the front, but it was the smart new boy in midfield, John McGinn, who provided the cross.

And it was McGinn's corner that prompted Chey Dunkley to put his own net to take the Villa to level 2-2 after goals from Nick Powell and Callum Connolly turned the tables in Wigan's favor.

We were at the time of the arrest when Villa's winning moment arrived. Neat play on the left led to replace Conor Hourihane delivery and there was Birkir Bjarnason, taking a bet, to push the ball home on the last post.

James Chester (forward) raises more to put Aston Villa ahead against Wigan in 13 minutes

James Chester (forward) raises more to put Aston Villa ahead against Wigan in 13 minutes

James Chester (forward) raises more to put Aston Villa ahead against Wigan in 13 minutes

The central defender (in the photo) celebrates the goal in front of the jubilant faithful of Villa Park

The central defender (in the photo) celebrates the goal in front of the jubilant faithful of Villa Park

The central defender (in the photo) celebrates the goal in front of the jubilant faithful of Villa Park

The players of Aston Villa, including the scorer James Chester, after going 1-0 before Wigan

The players of Aston Villa, including the scorer James Chester, after going 1-0 before Wigan

The players of Aston Villa, including the scorer James Chester, after going 1-0 before Wigan

The winners of Wigan Callum Connolly and Nick Powell (right) embrace after the goal of the latter

The winners of Wigan Callum Connolly and Nick Powell (right) embrace after the goal of the latter

The winners of Wigan Callum Connolly and Nick Powell (right) embrace after the goal of the latter

Chey Dunkley's goal puts him 2-2 in a rollercoaster championship match in Villa Park

Chey Dunkley's goal puts him 2-2 in a rollercoaster championship match in Villa Park

Chey Dunkley's goal puts him 2-2 in a rollercoaster championship match in Villa Park

Villa Park burst with joy. The last time they won their first two games of the season was in 1999-2000 when John Gregory was at the helm.

If Grealish will stay and experience Premier League football here next season, that kind of perseverance as the clock runs out will be absolutely essential.

But there are things that need improvement. Mile Jedinak gave Powell his goal and Steve Bruce will be alarmed by defensive weaknesses exposed by Wigan's second. Wigan will be desperately unlucky to go senseless.

After the pain of last season's Play-off final defeat, a full and bouncing Villa Park for this first home encounter suggested that summer had rekindled optimism in these parts.

Villa appears on the list of favorites of most experts for the promotion of the campaign and started here with the purpose of making such predictions, which takes after only 13 minutes.

It was Grealish, which fell into a pocket on the left side as was his custom, which fell under a challenge from Callum Connolly. It looked soft, but referee Jeremy Simpson bought it and blew for a free-kick.

The star midfielder Jack Grealish (left) starred after Villa rejected an approach from Tottenham

The star midfielder Jack Grealish (left) starred after Villa rejected an approach from Tottenham

The star midfielder Jack Grealish (left) starred after Villa rejected an approach from Tottenham

The Scottish international McGinn, who arrived last week from Hibernian, delivered the perfect ball and Chester, stealing a march on the score Powell and goalkeeper Christian Walton, gave a header to the powerhouse.

McGinn drew attention in his Villa debut; Pass, weave and ping by inviting crosses to suggest that it will be a useful asset for Bruce's team. He made a save with a hand of Walton with an effort of 30 yards too.

But Wigan, who marked his return to the second level with a 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, has moved closer to the season with the determination not to be a yo-yo club any longer.

The champions of League One were not surprised to come here and had already created openings at the counter before Powell's draw four minutes before the break.

Grealish (left) was warmly applauded by the Villa Park crowd during the 3-2 win over Wigan

Grealish (left) was warmly applauded by the Villa Park crowd during the 3-2 win over Wigan

Grealish (left) was warmly applauded by the Villa Park crowd during the 3-2 win over Wigan

In fact, it was the always dangerous Powell who rose higher from a corner, only for Ahmed Elmohamady to clear the line.

Your goal came wrapped for gift. Jedinak lost his orientation and sold goalkeeper Orjan Nyland in short with a pass that became 50-50 between the Norwegian debutant and Powell.

Nyland could only kick the ball against Powell and watched helplessly as the Wigan man followed the ball into an unprotected net.

He stimulated Villa briefly in life and Jonathan Kodjia somehow headed from range at point-blank range after another McGinn cross.

Kodjia put her head in her hands and the real cost of the lady became evident a few minutes later.

An exhausted Grealish falls to the floor full time after helping to secure three points

An exhausted Grealish falls to the floor full time after helping to secure three points

An exhausted Grealish falls to the floor full time after helping to secure three points

Powell passed a magnificent cross from the left and there was Connolly, making his second debut for Wigan when he begins his loan spell on behalf of Everton, to take home a header at close range.

Villa did not feel bad for themselves and they were back to level right after the hour, earning some good fortune of their own.

After Kodjia won a corner kick, McGinn responded, Dunkley got tangled and deflected the ball into his own net, reacting with several aggressive turnovers.

Josh Windass, who replaced Powell to make his debut in Wigan after signing for the Rangers earlier this week, almost had a dream start, but it went painfully from just a few meters.

Bjarnason would pay him just at the time of death.

MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE

Aston Villa: Nyland; Tuanzebe (Adomah 65), Chester (c), Jedinak, Hutton; Elmohamady, McGinn, Bjarnason, Green (Hepburn-Murphy 74); Grealish; Kodjia (Hourihane 87)

Substitutes not used: Moreira (GK); Taylor, Elphick, Whelan

Manager: Steve Bruce

Scorers: Chester 13; Dunkley own goal 63; Bjarnason 90 + 4

Reserved: Grealish

Wigan Athletic: Walton; James, Dunkley, Kipre, Robinson; Morsy (c), Connolly; McManaman (Evans 54), Powell (Windass 68), Jacobs; Grigg (Vaughan 80)

Substitutes not used: Jones (GK); Walker, Bruce, Roberts

Manager: Paul Cook

Scorers: Powell 41; Connolly 55

Reserved: McManaman, Morsy, Dunkley, Connolly

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire)

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