Valencia fires Wigan to safety

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A second-half brace from Luis Antonio Valencia handed Wigan a 2-0 win to confirm their Barclays Premier League status as Aston Villa failed to keep the pressure on Everton in the battle for UEFA Cup qualification.

The Latics went into the match knowing results elsewhere could see them safe regardless of the score at Villa Park but Valencia´s double, the first deflecting heavily off Wilfred Bouma, meant survival was assured under their own steam.

Villa, only Wigan´s second away scalp of the season after Derby, had much the better of the first 45 minutes but their lack of precision in the final third could cost them dear in the race for fifth place.

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