Aston Villa 1-1 Bolton

18 September 2010 04:00
Aston Villa failed to give caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald a winning send-off as Bolton secured a well-deserved draw.MacDonald, who will be replaced by Gerard Houllier on Monday, saw his side go ahead when Ashley Young curled in a free-kick from 25 yards. [LNB]Bolton stayed in contention though and equalised before the break when Kevin Davies pulled down a Martin Petrov cross and fired high into the net. [LNB]Petrov saw two shots blocked for the visitors but Villa held on at the end. [LNB]The result was something of an anti-climax after an entertaining game that will give both club's coaching staff much to ponder - particularly Houllier and his new assistant Gary McAllister, who were both in the stands at Villa Park. [LNB]Despite fielding a side full of youthful talent and creating numerous chances, the hosts were never able to take full control and failed to maintain their dominance over Bolton at home in recent seasons. [LNB]Wanderers boss Owen Coyle went into the match aware his side had not beaten Villa since 2006, but the Scot will surely feel content with a point after a solid counter-attacking display - particularly with last week's 4-1 drubbing at Arsenal still fresh in the mind.[LNB] Bolton had way more chances and Gabby looked uninterested the whole game! Believe me a struggle at the bottom would have been on the cards if MacDonald had got the job Maizy444 Coyle would have gratefully accepted a point after a heavily one-sided opening 20 minutes that could have easily seen the hosts move three or four ahead. [LNB]Marc Albrighton had already tested goalkeeper Adam Bogdan with an early drive before Fabrice Muamba's crude foul on Ashley Young allowed the forward a chance to show off his dead-ball expertise. [LNB]A right-footed effort from 25 yards gave Bogdan no chance, although Villa will be thankful for the not-so-subtle work of James Collins in creating space in the Bolton wall.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]MacDonald earns 'fair' draw in last game[LNB]MacDonald may be set for a return to duties as reserve team boss but the manner in which the Villa players ran to celebrate with their temporary manager suggested his efforts will not be quickly forgotten. [LNB]Stewart Downing then blasted another free-kick just wide while Albrighton continued to terrorise Bolton down the right flank almost at will as the home side asserted their dominance. [LNB]As if the constant pressure was not enough of a headache for Coyle, Bolton also had to reshuffle their defence midway through the first half when an injury to Andy O'Brien saw Sam Ricketts come off the bench. [LNB]If anything, however, the change appeared to galvanise Bolton and the visitors bucked up their ideas to level before the break. [LNB]Davies had just been denied by a superb Luke Young block but made no mistake moments later, pulling down a cut-back from Petrov before lashing a stylish left-footed drive into the roof of the net.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Coyle pays tribute to goalscorer Davies[LNB]Villa's bright start suddenly seemed like a distant memory and the hosts were fortunate when a skiddy drive from Stuart Holden drifted past Brad Friedel's right-hand post. [LNB]Stephen Ireland had been something of a spectator on his return to the side but burst into life after the restart when a mazy run ended with a shot just wide. [LNB]Luke Young then saw a close-range effort deflect off target before Downing's low strike was just about dealt with by Bogdan as the hosts noticeably upped the tempo. [LNB]Once again Bolton weathered the storm though, and might have moved ahead had Friedel not been on the spot to block Petrov's characteristically powerful shot. [LNB]Holden also forced Friedel into action while another piledriver from Petrov was bravely blocked by another sliding challenge from the impressive Luke Young. [LNB]The American goalkeeper also had to be sharp to keep out a Matt Taylor free-kick late on as Bolton ended the game in charge. [LNB]Plenty of positives then for Coyle to take back up the M6 but things will not get any easier next weekend when Manchester United arrive to do business at the Reebok Stadium. [LNB][LNB]Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald: "It's probably a fair result. I thought we started the game well, got the goal but then we became untidy and Bolton came back at us. Probably a point apiece was a fair end to it. [LNB]"You get to know the lads well over the years and it was nice for them to come over to me after the goal." [LNB]Bolton manager Owen Coyle: "There's a lot of merit in saying we could have had all three points. We came here to show we could bounce back from last week at Arsenal. [LNB]"Going behind is never easy but we came back well and we had numerous opportunities to actually win the game. [LNB]"It was touch and go that Kevin Davies would play. He gradually started feeling better throughout the week. I asked him how he felt and Kevin being Kevin, he wanted to go and lead his team-mates." [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Saturday, 18 September 2010[LNB] Premier League[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time Aston Villa 1-1 Bolton FT (HT 1-1) A Young 13 Davies 35 Aston Villa 01 Friedel 02 L Young 03 Warnock yellow card 05 Dunne (Cuellar 46) 29 Collins 06 Downing 07 A Young 09 Ireland (Carew 72) 12 Albrighton 19 Petrov 11 Agbonlahor Substitutes 22 Guzan, 21 Clark, 24 Cuellar, 20 Reo-Coker, 25 Bannan, 10 Carew, 18 Heskey Bolton 01 Bogdan 02 Steinsson 04 Robinson 12 Knight yellow card 31 O'Brien (Ricketts 18) 06 Muamba (Davies 69) 08 Holden 10 Petrov (Taylor 83) 27 Lee Chung-Yong 09 Elmander 14 Davies yellow card Substitutes 13 Lainton, 18 Ricketts, 07 Taylor, 16 Davies, 17 Klasnic, 19 Moreno, 20 Blake Ref: DeanAtt: 34,655 ASTON VILLA BOLTON Possession Aston Villa 56% Bolton 44% Attempts on target Aston Villa 6 Bolton 8 Attempts off target Aston Villa 7 Bolton 6 Corners Aston Villa 8 Bolton 4 Fouls Aston Villa 16 Bolton 8 Final Result Full Time 90:00+3:44 The referee blows his whistle to end the game. 90:00+2:02 Stuart Holden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing. Stewart Downing takes the direct free kick. 90:00+1:23 Mark Davies takes a shot. Luke Young gets a block in. 89:30 The ball is crossed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, comfortable save by Brad Friedel. 88:46 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan. 88:24 Chung-Yong Lee is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel. 86:24 Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line to the near post, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance. 85:15 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. 84:32 Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Taylor. 83:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Cuellar on Kevin Davies. Matthew Taylor produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Brad Friedel. 82:30 Substitution Martin Petrov goes off and Matthew Taylor comes on. 82:30 Marc Albrighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Chung-Yong Lee. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick. 80:02 Stuart Holden produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post. 78:19 Centre by Chung-Yong Lee, save made by Brad Friedel. 76:58 The ball is sent over by John Carew, clearance by Zat Knight. 74:40 The ball is swung over by Stephen Warnock, Paul Robinson makes a clearance. 73:54 Corner taken by Ashley Young played to the near post, Adam Bogdan manages to make a clearance. 73:17 The ball is crossed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, clearance by Luke Young. 72:56 Martin Petrov takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins. 72:24 John Carew challenges Samuel Ricketts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick. 71:39 Substitution (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with John Carew coming on for Stephen Ireland. 71:17 Shot from just outside the area by Stewart Downing goes over the bar. 71:08 Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance. 69:46 Shot by Stuart Holden. Brad Friedel makes a save. 68:19 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Mark Davies coming on for Fabrice Muamba. 66:49 Direct free kick taken by James Collins. 66:49 Booking The referee shows Kevin Davies a yellow card. 66:41 Unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. 64:44 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, comfortable save by Adam Bogdan. 64:40 Gabriel Agbonlahor delivers the ball, Zat Knight makes a clearance. 63:39 Ashley Young takes the inswinging corner, comfortable save by Adam Bogdan. 63:31 The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in. 62:19 Shot from just outside the area by Martin Petrov goes over the bar. 62:01 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden played to the near post, clearance by Gabriel Agbonlahor. 61:48 Martin Petrov produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 18 yards. Brad Friedel makes a save. 61:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Paul Robinson. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick. 58:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Young on Stuart Holden. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson. 58:11 Shot from 18 yards from Stewart Downing. Save by Adam Bogdan. 57:50 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line. 57:25 Stephen Warnock delivers the ball, Luke Young takes a shot. Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in. 55:59 Martin Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. Direct free kick taken by Stewart Downing. 54:18 Stewart Downing challenges Chung-Yong Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson restarts play with the free kick. 53:40 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Cuellar. Free kick taken by Carlos Cuellar. 51:33 Stephen Ireland has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal. 45:01 The game restarts for the second half. 45:01 Substitution (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Carlos Cuellar coming on for Richard Dunne. Half Time 45:00+2:13 The first half comes to an end. 44:57 Ashley Young produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target. 43:26 Gabriel Agbonlahor is ruled offside. Samuel Ricketts takes the indirect free kick. 42:06 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Martin Petrov from right wing. 42:06 Booking The referee shows Stephen Warnock a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. 41:53 Foul by Stephen Warnock on Johan Elmander, free kick awarded. 41:39 Kevin Davies challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Young. 40:35 The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Gabriel Agbonlahor misses to the right of the goal. 39:09 Effort from outside the penalty area by Stuart Holden goes wide left of the goal. 38:00 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the left by-line, Paul Robinson makes a clearance. 37:54 Stewart Downing delivers the ball, Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance. Correction - 36:36 Luke Young takes a shot. Stuart Holden gets a block in. 36:36 Ashley Young takes a shot. Blocked by Stuart Holden. 36:20 Corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line to the near post, Johan Elmander manages to make a clearance. 36:09 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Adam Bogdan makes a save. 34:52 Assist on the goal came from Martin Petrov. 34:52 GOAL - Kevin Davies:Aston Villa 1 - 1 Bolton A goal is scored by Kevin Davies from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Bolton. 34:50 Martin Petrov delivers the ball, 34:20 Unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Fabrice Muamba results in a free kick. Stiliyan Petrov restarts play with the free kick. 33:51 Luke Young produces a cross, save made by Adam Bogdan. Correction - 32:30 Shot by Marc Albrighton. Save by Adam Bogdan. 32:30 Marc Albrighton has a drilled shot. Save by Adam Bogdan. 32:04 Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Zat Knight, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bogdan. 31:50 Kevin Davies has a volleyed shot. Blocked by Luke Young. 31:39 The ball is crossed by Chung-Yong Lee. 30:50 A cross is delivered by Martin Petrov, clearance made by James Collins. 28:44 Stephen Ireland concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Holden. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick. 27:16 Effort from 35 yards by Gretar Rafn Steinsson missed to the right of the net. 23:17 Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Zat Knight. Direct free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts. 22:38 Samuel Ricketts fouled by Marc Albrighton, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Bogdan takes the direct free kick. 20:19 Martin Petrov produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar. 19:42 Stiliyan Petrov challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Holden restarts play with the free kick. 18:14 Stewart Downing has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal. 16:25 Stewart Downing takes the free kick. 16:25 Substitution Samuel Ricketts on for Andrew O'Brien. 16:25 Booking The referee books Zat Knight for unsporting behaviour. 16:18 Zat Knight gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. 14:45 Unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Richard Dunne results in a free kick. Adam Bogdan takes the direct free kick. 14:24 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line. 14:03 Stewart Downing takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in. 12:16 GOAL - Ashley Young:Aston Villa 1 - 0 Bolton Free kick scored by Ashley Young from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Bolton. 11:31 Fabrice Muamba challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. 10:53 Martin Petrov crosses the ball, clearance made by James Collins. 10:17 Marc Albrighton sends in a cross, Andrew O'Brien makes a clearance. 9:03 Inswinging corner taken by Stuart Holden from the left by-line played to the near post, Luke Young manages to make a clearance. 8:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Young on Paul Robinson. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson. 7:54 Marc Albrighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Holden. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick. 6:38 Foul by Stephen Ireland on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Martin Petrov takes the free kick. 6:02 Shot from just outside the area by Marc Albrighton misses to the left of the target. 5:10 Corner from the right by-line taken by Stewart Downing, Johan Elmander makes a clearance. 4:02 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Kevin Davies goes wide of the right-hand upright. 1:40 Marc Albrighton sends in a cross, Adam Bogdan makes a save. 0:00 The game begins. Live text and data provided by The Press Association.[LNB]

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