Sunday 19 January 2020

WATCH - Scott Hogan shows Ireland fans what he can do with Aston Villa brace

Scott Hogan has been called up to the Ireland squad for the final two World Cup qualifiers
Scott Hogan has been called up to the Ireland squad for the final two World Cup qualifiers

Aston Villa assistant manager Colin Calderwood praised two-goal Scott Hogan after their 4-1 Carabao Cup win against Wigan at Villa Park.

Hogan and Albert Adomah put Villa in control before Ryan Colclough reduced the arrears only for Hogan to grab his second on the stroke of half-time before Birkir Bjarnason sealed the hosts' success.

Hogan has been struggling with an ankle problem and Calderwood said: "It's a percentage that he scores. If he misses one he feels he can create another or get the team to. We have to excite the crowd.

"When you add the performances of the youngsters in it was a good night.

"It went our way, we went 2-0 ahead, and we quickly scored when they got one back.

"Beyond the goals, the amount of efforts we created was great. It's something we must have if we are to progress this season.

"We have to transfer the attitude and result to away games now. We know that. We have to find a way to have some sort of dominance away from home," added Calderwood with Villa facing a trip to Bristol City on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Calderwood would not be drawn on Villa's reported interest in West Ham United's Robert Snodgrass.

He added: "I have heard the rumour but I am not party to all that information so I can't enlighten you."

Wigan boss Paul Cook, who had gone into the game defending a 100 per cent start to the season, was disappointed with the goals his side conceded.

Cook said: "I think it was an emphatic win for Aston Villa.

"Aston Villa played really well on the night and it was always going to be a difficult tie

"Very naive with the goals weren't we for sure - especially to get back in the game with a good goal right on half-time.

"To then concede the third probably ended the game as a contest.

"In the second half we stuck at it and I thought the lads were honest with the play. I thought they gave us everything they have got and as a manager that is all you can ask for.

"Great credit to Aston Villa and we wish them all the best in the next round and we will move on to the league."

Wigan sit at the top of League One and Cook felt that changing his side entirely at Villa Park, as Villa also did, was the right thing to do.

He added: "I have no regrets at all. As a manager you make those decisions backed by your club.

"Certainly the league for us is a priority and every club, in my opinion, is entitled to prioritise what they think is right so as a club we speak about it and make those decisions."

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