That was the result between the Championship new boys in Aston Villa’s last-gasp 3-2 win over Wigan.

Former Hibs midfielder McGinn, bought for £2.75million by Steve Bruce last week, set up two goals for the Midlands outfit.

Windass, a £2.5million capture from Rangers, eased himself into the action as a 68th-minute substitute.

Ex-Celtic target McGinn took the spotlight with two assists before Birkir Bjarnason netted the clincher in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Delighted boss Bruce rushed the Scotland international into his first team and said: “He is a player we couldn’t have bought a fortnight ago.

“The new owners have blown new life into this club.

“We’ve come through it with a bit of resilience, which is evident after a difficult summer for everybody.

“To win back-to-back games with all the difficulties we’ve had, is huge.”

Villa suffered a number of financial problems following last season’s play-off final defeat by Fulham – a loss which cost them £160million.

However, billionaire businessmen Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris were brought in last month to inject “significant investment”.

McGinn set up the opener with a free-kick from the left that was headed in by skipper James Chester, but Nick Powell equalised in the 41st minute and
Callum Connolly put the visitors ahead.

Defender Chey Dunkley put through his own net in a scramble to make it 2-2 before Icelandic international Bjarnason claimed the winner.

Bruce added: “I have to say to have 34,000 supporters here with the problems we’ve had, just shows the attraction we still have as a club.”

Wigan gaffer Paul Cook said: “I was happy with all aspects of the game except the result. We wanted to give a good performance against Villa and the players did that.

“But Villa have some quality players and anyone of them can pop up and get a goal.

“We are disappointed as I feel a draw would have been a fair result. The disappointment will drive us on.”


About Author


Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

Loading ...