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Unfair challenge on Stewart Downing by Stuart Holden results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stewart Downing.
Mark Davies takes a shot. Luke Young gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.
The official flags Chung-Yong Lee offside. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line to the near post, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
Johan Elmander takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line.
Kevin Davies fouled by Carlos Cuellar, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Taylor has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Brad Friedel.
Marc Albrighton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick. Matthew Taylor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Martin Petrov.
Effort from inside the area by Stuart Holden misses to the left of the target.
Chung-Yong Lee crosses the ball, save by Brad Friedel.
Centre by John Carew, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Warnock, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young played to the near post, clearance made by Adam Bogdan.
The ball is swung over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, clearance made by Luke Young.
Martin Petrov takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Samuel Ricketts. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.
John Carew replaces Stephen Ireland.
Stewart Downing produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is crossed by Marc Albrighton, Paul Robinson makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Stuart Holden from 12 yards. Brad Friedel makes a save.
Mark Davies on for Fabrice Muamba.
Stiliyan Petrov fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Davies goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, Adam Bogdan makes a comfortable save.
The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance made by Zat Knight.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Adam Bogdan makes a comfortable save.
The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.
Shot from just outside the box by Martin Petrov goes over the bar.
Corner taken by Stuart Holden from the left by-line to the near post, Gabriel Agbonlahor makes a clearance.
Shot from 18 yards by Martin Petrov. Brad Friedel makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by James Collins results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Young on Stuart Holden. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Stewart Downing has a drilled shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.
Ashley Young takes a inswinging corner.
Stephen Warnock produces a cross, Luke Young takes a shot. Blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
Martin Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. Stewart Downing takes the free kick.
Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Stewart Downing, the ref awards a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Carlos Cuellar. Carlos Cuellar takes the free kick.
Stephen Ireland has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Carlos Cuellar replaces Richard Dunne.
Ashley Young produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
The official flags Gabriel Agbonlahor offside. Indirect free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Stephen Warnock. Stephen Warnock goes into the book. Martin Petrov crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Kevin Davies. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, Headed effort from inside the box by Gabriel Agbonlahor misses to the right of the target.
Stuart Holden produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, clearance by Paul Robinson.
Stewart Downing crosses the ball, clearance by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Stuart Holden gets a block in.
Luke Young takes a shot. Blocked by Stuart Holden.
Corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line played to the near post, Johan Elmander manages to make a clearance.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.
The ball is swung over by Martin Petrov, Kevin Davies fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Bolton.Martin Petrov provided the assist for the goal.
Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Stiliyan Petrov takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Luke Young, save by Adam Bogdan.
Shot by Marc Albrighton from 12 yards. Save by Adam Bogdan.
Marc Albrighton has a drilled shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
Unfair challenge on Zat Knight by Gabriel Agbonlahor results in a free kick. Adam Bogdan takes the direct free kick.
Shot from 18 yards by Kevin Davies. Blocked by Luke Young.
The ball is delivered by Chung-Yong Lee.
Centre by Martin Petrov, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Stephen Ireland challenges Stuart Holden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson has a drilled shot and missed to the right of the goal.
Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight. Direct free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.
Marc Albrighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Samuel Ricketts. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
Martin Petrov produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Kevin Davies, free kick awarded. Stuart Holden takes the direct free kick.
Stewart Downing has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Zat Knight results in a free kick. Zat Knight shown a yellow card. Samuel Ricketts on for Andrew O'Brien. Stewart Downing restarts play with the free kick.
Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Chung-Yong Lee. Adam Bogdan takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young.
Stewart Downing takes a shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
Ashley Young fouled by Fabrice Muamba, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Bolton.
A cross is delivered by Martin Petrov, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Marc Albrighton, Andrew O'Brien makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Luke Young.
Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Holden by Marc Albrighton. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.
Foul by Stephen Ireland on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Martin Petrov restarts play with the free kick.
Marc Albrighton has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Johan Elmander.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Kevin Davies goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is crossed by Marc Albrighton, save by Adam Bogdan.
The game begins.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Villa return for Carew
Aston Villa striker John Carew returns to the squad for the visit of Bolton after shaking off a hamstring injury that sidelined him for Monday's 2-1 defeat at Stoke.
With the exception of Fabian Delph, who is on the long-term injured list with a knee problem, caretaker-manager Kevin MacDonald has a full squad to choose from.
The game represents MacDonald's last in charge before handing over the reins to Gerard Houllier following the Frenchman's appointment a week ago.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes MacDonald can consider himself very unfortunate not to have been given the ob on a permanent basis.
MacDonald has been in caretaker charge since Martin O'Neill's dramatic resignation on the eve of the Barclays Premier League season but two wins in four league games were not enough to convince the board to appoint him.
Coyle said: "There's no easy time to go to Aston Villa, and Kevin MacDonald I think has done a terrific job.
"I was a little bit surprised, I thought he may have been offered the job permanently because of how well he's done and the stature and the esteem the players hold him in.
"We're under no illusions how difficult the game will be. They have some terrific players. I watched them on Monday and they were a little bit unfortunate not to win. We're going to have to be at our very best."
MacDonald has already ruled himself out of the running to be Houllier's assistant and must now decide whether to go back to his former role as reserve team boss or to seek pastures new.
Coyle continued: "It's his last game in charge at this moment in time because who's to say further down the line he's not offered other jobs?
"He's Aston Villa through and through, as he's shown. And within the whole period of time, the way he's conducted himself has been exemplary and a real role model for Aston Villa Football Club.
"The way he's kept the players focused, he's obviously somebody who is very good at his job. It may be emotional for him but his focus will be on trying to win the game."
Bolton have made a decent start to the season, picking up five points from the opening four games, and go into the clash on the back of their first defeat at Arsenal last weekend.
Coyle, though, has seen his options limited by injuries and suspensions, with the club this week failing in their bid to have Gary Cahill's red card at the Emirates Stadium overturned.
Draw highlights Houllier's task
Gerard Houllier witnessed at first hand Aston Villa's strengths and weaknesses after they failed to provide caretaker-manager Kevin MacDonald with the perfect send off following a 1-1 draw against Bolton.
New Villa boss Houllier, with assistant Gary McAllister joining him in the directors' box after the Scot was confirmed in the role just before kick off, will believe he has plenty of talent to work with, although it only showed itself in patches here.
With MacDonald taking charge of his final game, Ashley Young scored in his fifth successive match against Bolton to give Villa an early lead, only for captain Kevin Davies to net a worthy equaliser for the visitors.
Houllier officially takes up the reins on Monday, with his first match in charge a home Carling Cup tie with Blackburn just 48 hours later.
The Frenchman will have little time to impose his own ideas on the side for that game, but at least he does not inherit a squad low on confidence as Villa could easily be heading into that match on the back of successive defeats after Monday's loss at Stoke.
What will be apparent to Houllier is that Villa start energetically and are full of pace and swagger, as they did in this match because they could easily have been a goal to the good inside two minutes.
Attacking down the right wing, Marc Albrighton curled in a cross-cum-shot with pace that forced goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, deputising again for the suspended Jussi Jaaskelainen, into a fingertip save.
The 20-year-old then dragged narrowly wide a right-foot shot four minutes later as Villa threatened to add to the 13 goals they had thumped past Bolton in the previous three matches at Villa Park.
When the breakthrough duly arrived there was a sense the floodgates could again open, and it would be another torrid afternoon for the Trotters.
After being fouled by Fabrice Muamba, Young picked himself up off the floor to curl a 24-yard free-kick around a wall which James Collins had superbly leaned in to create the opening.
Young's celebration was a fitting testimony to MacDonald and the work he has done over the past six weeks after being thrust into the spotlight following Martin O'Neill's abrupt exit on the eve of the season.
The 25-year-old turned, pointed towards an applauding MacDonald and ran over to the Scot on the touchline where he proceeded to give him a big hug.
But as with virtually every game Villa have played this season the early intensity soon waned before a lapse of concentration at the back allowed the visitors a route into the game, and that will be a concern for Houllier.
Davies, declared fit despite the concussion sustained in last week's 4-1 defeat at Arsenal, had already served notice of his intent in the fourth minute.
Capitalising on a sloppy ball across his own 18-yard box by Stephen Warnock, Bolton countered, culminating in Davies curling a 20-yard right-foot shot narrowly beyond Brad Friedel's left-hand post.
Their equaliser 10 minutes before the break was superbly conjured, although Villa were architects of their own downfall given the gaps in the home defence.
Stuart Holden's flick to the far post was collected by Martin Petrov who played a quick pass into an all-alone Davies standing just outside the six-yard box.
With Villa's defence nowhere, Davies was allowed to turn and rifle into the roof of the net a left-foot shot for his second of the season, both coming in his last three games.
After a half-shout for a penalty when Johan Elmander appeared to be clipped by Richard Dunne, replaced at half time by Carlos Cuellar, the Villa defence parted again just before the break.
Collecting a through ball from Paul Robinson, Holden was given time and space to advance before rifling in a low 20-yard drive that was only inches away.
Villa responded after the interval with Stephen Ireland grazing the left-hand post with a flicked effort following a surging run and Bogdan collecting a stinging drive from Stewart Downing at the second attempt.
Bolton, though, had ideas of grabbing the winner themselves, with Friedel forced to palm away a half volley from Elmander in the 62nd minute.
Eight minutes later Friedel saved his side again, spreading himself to a snap shot from Holden after his fellow American had squeezed between two Villa defenders.
Friedel ultimately proved the difference between a draw and a Bolton win as he brilliantly blocked on the line a 22-yard free-kick from substitute Matthew Taylor in the 84th minute.
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