• Date: Sat 03 April 2010
  • Venue: Reebok Stadium
  • Ref: Jones, M
  • Attendance: 21,111

Bolton Wanderers vs Aston Villa

Team Lineups

Bolton Wanderers

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Paul Robinson
Gary Cahill
Zat Knight
Sam Ricketts
Fabrice Muamba
Tamir Cohen (Vladimir Weiss, 66)
Chung-Yong Lee (Matt Taylor, 78)
Jack Wilshere
Johan Elmander (Ivan Klasnic, 57)
Kevin Davies, K

Aston Villa

Brad Friedel
Richard Dunne
Carlos Cuellar
Stephen Warnock
James Collins
Stewart Downing
Ashley Young, A
Fabian Delph (Steve Sidwell, 75)
Stiliyan Petrov
John Carew (Emile Heskey, 70)
Gabriel Agbonlahor

Match Report
Aston Villa kept alive their hopes of a Champions League spot with a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok. Ashley Young's 11th-minute winner settled a drab contest and moved Martin O'Neill's side to within four points of fourth-placed Tottenham before Manchester City's late kick-off at Burnley. After their 7-1 mauling at Chelsea the week before, Villa were desperate to get back to winning ways against struggling Bolton. And it was no surprise to see Young as their match-winner - the Villa winger has now scored in each of his last four games against the Trotters. Tamir Cohen twice went close to opening the scoring for Bolton before Young put the visitors in front with a superb curling effort. Jack Wilshere then volleyed just wide while Young nearly replicated his goal but this time his shot curled just past the upright minutes before half-time. Stewart Downing headed over from Young's corner before Owen Coyle introduced Ivan Klasnic for the ineffectual Johan Elmander just before the hour mark. The Croatian substitute was immediately in the action as he flashed a header just wide from Sam Ricketts' cross. Klasnic went close again after bursting into the area but Brad Friedel raced from his line to thwart the striker. Substitute Emile Heskey was denied by a superb stop from Jussi Jaaskelainen before Gabriel Agbonlahor missed a great chance to finish the contest. The striker raced on to Steve Sidwell's pass after he controversially contested a drop ball but shot wide with only Jaaskelainen to beat. Wanderers players were furious and the goalkeeper raced 40 yards from his line to remonstrate with referee Mike Jones. The incident seem to spark Bolton into life and Kevin Davies and Matt Taylor both had chances to salvage a point. Villa should have been awarded a penalty when Ricketts took out Young inside the area before tempers flared at the final whistle as Wilshere's clash with Gabriel Agbonlahor sparked a mass brawl.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The full-time whistle goes and there's a melee among the players.


Villa have a corner and have slowed the game right down.


There are three minutes of added time.


Villa are playing keep ball as they continue to frustrate Bolton.


Matt Taylor has a goalbound shot blocked by Richard Dunne and the home fans can't believe they haven't scored.


Vladimir Weiss sends in a cross which is cleared by Carlos Cuellar in a frantic end to the game.


Paul Robinson crosses straight into the arms of Brad Friedel as Wanderers come forward again.


Bolton have a couple of corners in quick succession but can't make the most of them and Brad Friedel holds on to the ball in an attempt to slow the game down.

Yellow Card

Jussi Jaaskelainen is booked for arguing with the referee.


Gabriel Agbonlahor is through on goal after Villa compete for a drop ball but sends it wide of the post.


There's a stoppage in play as Emile Heskey is down receiving treatment.


Time is starting to run out for Bolton but Villa are defending in numbers.


Ashley Young sends in a low cross which just evades Emile Heskey.


Matt Taylor is on for Chung-Yong Lee.


Another effort from Vladimir Weiss ends up in the grateful arms of Brad Friedel as Bolton press for the equaliser.


Steve Sidwell replaces Fabian Delph.


Vladimir Weiss hits a shot into the ground but Brad Friedel makes the save.


Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic exchange passes and Klasnic forces a great save from Brad Friedel, which gives the home crowd something to shout about.


Villa have another free-kick but James Collins sends it way over the bar.


Emile Heskey comes on for John Carew.


Vladimir Weiss floats a good-looking ball into the area but Kevin Davies is offside.


Stewart Downing whips in the corner which almost reaches Gabriel Agbonlahor and Villa look dangerous from these set-pieces.


Ashley Young sends a free-kick into the area which is cleared for a corner.


Tamir Cohen makes way for Vladimir Weiss.


Bolton need a spark, they are looking very flat at the moment.


Stephen Warnock crosses the ball but Zat Knight is there to make the clearance.


Ashley Young curls the ball towards the far post and Jussi Jaaskelainen makes the catch.


Stiliyan Petrov takes a knock after a challenge from Kevin Davies and is down receiving treatment.


Brad Friedel punches clear the free-kick and Villa deal with the danger again.


James Collins concedes a free-kick and Bolton have another opportunity.


Ivan Klasnic replaces Johan Elmander.


Paul Robinson curls the ball into the area but Kevin Davies is offside.


James Collins hauls Kevin Davies to the floor and now Bolton have a free-kick.


Referee Mike Jones has a word with Jack Wilshere after he fouls Ashley Young to concede another Villa free-kick.


Stewart Downing's cross is too deep but Fabrice Muamba heads behind for another corner which Downing heads over the bar.


Stewart Downing's kick takes a deflection off the wall and Villa have a corner.


James Collins beats Kevin Davies to the ball and Villa counterattack, Paul Robinson fouling Ashley Young to concede another free-kick.


James Collins concedes a corner as Bolton try to create some pressure.


Stewart Downing curls the ball into the area as Villa attack at the start of the second half but it's eventually cleared by Bolton.

Second half

The second half gets underway.

Half time

The referee blows the half-time whistle.


Fabrice Muamba's shot balloons over the crossbar.


Fabrice Muamba's effort ricochets off the back of Fabian Delph and Bolton have a corner just before half-time.


There is one minute of added time.


Ashley Young curls the ball towards the far post but it sails well wide of Jussi Jaaskelainen's goal.


Villa are dealing with everything Bolton can throw at them and are looking pretty comfortable.


Sam Ricketts whips in a cross which is cleared and the home fans are getting frustrated.


Chung-Yong Lee curls the ball into the area but it's punched clear by Brad Friedel who sets up the counterattack, Fabian Delph taking a shot which is blocked.


Bolton have won a corner and need to make the most of this.


Villa have a corner but it comes to nothing.


Gabriel Agbonlahor has a shot but Jussi Jaaskelainen makes the save.


Tamir Cohen tries to find Chung-Yong Lee but Stephen Warnock intercepts and Villa counterattack but Ashley Young's effort goes wide.


There's a subdued atmosphere around the Reebok as the Bolton fans contemplate another home defeat.


Ashley Young's corner is cleared only as far as Fabian Delph but the ball ends up wide of the post.


Gabriel Agbonlahor turns away from Zat Knight and has a shot on goal which Jussi Jaaskelainen pushes out for a corner.


Stewart Downing delivers the ball across the face of goal and it's cleared by the Wanderers defence.


Gabriel Agbonlahor is brought down by Paul Robinson and wins a free-kick just outside the area.


Carlos Cuellar puts in a deep cross which evades all his team-mates and Bolton have a throw-in.


Aston Villa don't look like they sold their allocation but their fans are making themselves heard at the Reebok.

Yellow Card

Sam Ricketts goes into the book for a challenge on Stephen Warnock.


Another free-kick for a foul on Fabian Delph, the game is a bit stop-start at the moment.


Jack Wilshere floats a free-kick towards the area but it's cleared by the Villa defence.


A late flag goes up against John Carew just as he looked like being clean through on goal.


Stewart Downing curls a free-kick towards the far post and it's just in front of the onrushing Gabriel Agbonlahor.


Jack Wilshere has a strike on goal which goes just wide of the post.


Chung-Yong Lee's kick is punched clear by Brad Friedel.


Bolton are straight back on the attack and have a free-kick five yards from the edge of the area.


Gabriel Agbonlahor finds Ashley Young who curls the ball past the depairing dive of Jussi Jaaskelainen.


Villa have a corner which is swung in by Stewart Downing but the ball ends up in the arms of Jussi Jaaskelainen.


Richard Dunne sends the ball fowards from a free-kick but it's straight through to Jussi Jaaskelainen.


Tamir Cohen's fine volley produces a good save from Brad Friedel and Bolton have started the game the better of the two teams.


Paul Robinson and Jack Wilshere link up well but the move breaks down.


Kevin Davies and Richard Dunne tussle for the ball but Davies concedes a free-kick.


Tamir Cohen hits the ball goalwards in an early attack for Bolton but his attempt goes wide.


Bolton get the game underway in bright sunshine at the Reebok.

Awaiting Kickoff

Fabian Delph, Carlos Cuellar and Stewart Downing come into the Villa team after last week's mauling by Chelsea.

Awaiting Kickoff

Owen Coyle makes one change from the side that lost to Manchester United, Paul Robinson replacing Jlloyd Samuel.