A Gabriel Agbonlahor brace ensured a second victory in the 2011/12 campaign for Aston Villa and first home win over Wigan Athletic in seven years.
Chances came and went for the claret and blue's however failed to smash the back of the net.
The breakthrough arrived after Stephen Warnock dispossessed Mohamed Diamé before feeding Bannan. The Scotsman - Villa's most creative player on the field, full of running and energy - clipped the ball onto the left channel into the left channel for an on running Gabby who skipped inside his marker to then fire a right-footed shot into the top corner. Al Habsi stranded. A complete republica of his goal against Blackburn, the Birmingham born lad celebrated with creator Bannan.
Going into half time Aston Villa lead, much to fans relief.
Incidents came by, most importantly the penalty appeal from Franco Di Santo. Involving Alan Hutton once more, after last weekend's controvercy.
James McArthur, had his pocket picked in the lead-up to Villa's second goal, when Agbonlahor robbed him before beating Emmerson Boyce and crossing for Bent to tap home.
A good day in the office for McLeish and his army.