Albert Adomah captured the mood of this Aston Villa victory by going head over heels in front of the Holte.
A headstand of gymnastic poise summed up a night when those of a claret and blue hue had fun.
Steve Bruce picked four teenagers and was rewarded with promising displays, Scott Hogan rediscovered his scoring touch in spectacular style, and Adomah found the net for the first time since January.
Aston Villa stars celebrate with striker Scott Hogan after he scored the opening goal of the tie
Hogan thanks team-mate Albert Adomah after converting his well-placed cross to score
Adomah celebrates with a handstand after scoring Aston Villa’s second goal of the evening
Birkir Bjarnason of Aston Villa celebrates his goal with team-mates after making it 4-1
ASTON VILLA: Steer; De Laet, Bree, Elphick, Clark; Bjarnason, Gardner, Doyle-Hayes (Lyden 78); O’Hare (McCormack 73), Adomah, Hogan (Suliman 81).
SUBS NOT USED: Abdo, Cox, Borg, Bunn.
GOALS: Hogan 19, 44; Adomah 36; Bjarnason 74
WIGAN: Jones; Burke, Daniels, Thomas, Elder; Power, Perkins; Gilbey (Burgess 62), Laurent, Colclough (Hunt 80); Grigg (Lang 66).
SUBS NOT USED: Evans, Barrigan, Stubbs, Merrie.
GOALS: Colclough 43
REFEREE: Darren Drysdale
Wigan Athletic did find a response through Ryan Colclough but Bruce’s side were always in charge.
Hogan scored a first-half brace to double his tally for Villa, having also netted in the Carabao Cup first round and against Wigan in the Championship last season.
Here the £12million striker brought a fine early save from Wigan goalkeeper Jamie Jones and then hit the crossbar when nodding on Gary Gardner’s header.
He found the breakthrough in the 20th minute, arriving onto Adomah’s cross to tap in after Gardner’s superb crossfield pass opened Wigan up.
Nine minutes before the break Adomah met Birkir Bjanason’s cross with an inspired left-foot volley into the top corner, and celebrated with more impressive skill, planting his head into the turf and lifting his feet straight into the air.
Slack defending allowed Wigan’s Colclough to drive home a sharp finish but 60 seconds later Villa’s cushion was restored. Hogan improvised brilliantly when collecting Adomah’s pass with his back to goal, twisting his body and snapping in a screamer on the half-volley.
Hogan requires only a touch on the ball to turn it into the Wigan goal after Adomah’s corss
Adomah lets fly with a speculative strike from distance but hits the back of the net
Adomah celebrates after scoring a long-range effort to give Aston Villa a commanding lead
Bjarnason scores to seal an earned victory for Aston Villa in their Carabao Cup tie
In 11 changes, Bruce handed senior debuts to 18-year-olds Mitchell Clark and Jake Doyle-Hayes, who both shone, and gave a third first-team game to Callum O’ Hare, the 19-year-old forward who never stopped running. James Bree, 19, gained a rare start at right-back too.
At the other end of the spectrum, Ross McCormack made his first Villa appearance since having an explosive row with Bruce in the winter window over fitness and training commitment.
The Villa manager has not picked the 31-year-old, who is a target for Sunderland, since January but surprisingly gave him 16 minutes at the end of this game.
Bjarnason added gloss straight after McCormack’s introduction, finishing off Ritchie De Laet’s cross to make it an eminently satisfying evening for Villa.
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce feels the heat from the Villa Park touchline during the match