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Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Albrighton on Paul Robinson. Marc Albrighton receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Stiliyan Petrov, clearance made by Zat Knight.
Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Jussi Jaaskelainen. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick. The referee books Gabriel Agbonlahor for unsporting behaviour.
Corner taken by Chris Eagles from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by James Collins.
Paul Robinson produces a cross, Stiliyan Petrov gets a block in.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
Gael Kakuta produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Blocked by Stiliyan Petrov.
Zat Knight challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Dunne takes the direct free kick.
Chris Herd fouled by Darren Pratley, the ref awards a free kick. Emile Heskey is brought on as a substitute for Darren Bent. James Collins takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Darren Bent. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
Ivan Klasnic goes off and David Ngog comes on. Corner taken by Marc Albrighton, Header from close in by James Collins misses to the right of the goal.
The referee blows for offside against Darren Bent. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Mark Davies takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
Gael Kakuta joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tuncay Sanli.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Gary Cahill. Stiliyan Petrov restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Kevin Davies offside. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Effort from the edge of the area by Mark Davies goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Stiliyan Petrov has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Zat Knight gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Marc Albrighton, clearance made by Zat Knight.
Kevin Davies takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
Chris Eagles crosses the ball.
Chris Eagles has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Mark Davies by Stiliyan Petrov results in a free kick. Zat Knight takes the free kick. Darren Bent takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Short corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia.
Inswinging corner taken by Tuncay Sanli, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance. Ivan Klasnic grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 1-2 Aston Villa.Zat Knight takes a shot.
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Darren Bent misses to the right of the goal.
Darren Pratley challenges Charles N'Zogbia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Dunne takes the free kick.
Mark Davies takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by James Collins.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Eagles, clearance made by Stiliyan Petrov. Gary Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
Stiliyan Petrov challenges Mark Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Zat Knight challenges Darren Bent unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.
Ivan Klasnic produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The offside flag is raised against Darren Bent. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Stiliyan Petrov finds the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 0-2 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Charles N'Zogbia.
Charles N'Zogbia takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Kevin Davies.
The ball is delivered by Marc Albrighton.
Shot by Charles N'Zogbia. Blocked by Dedryck Boyata. Stiliyan Petrov takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Dedryck Boyata.
Stiliyan Petrov takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Effort from close range by James Collins goes wide left of the target.
Marc Albrighton grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-1 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
Corner taken short by Marc Albrighton, Effort from inside the area by Charles N'Zogbia misses to the left of the goal.
Chris Eagles takes the inswinging corner, Darren Bent manages to make a clearance.
Ivan Klasnic crosses the ball, James Collins gets a block in.
Chris Herd takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Mark Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia. Mark Davies is shown a yellow card. Richard Dunne takes the free kick.
Mark Davies challenges Alan Hutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Collins takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Chris Eagles from the right by-line, Gary Cahill challenges James Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Handball decision goes against Tuncay Sanli. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stephen Warnock from left wing.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Alan Hutton results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ivan Klasnic.
Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Herd. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
Close range effort by Stiliyan Petrov goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Stephen Warnock fouled by Tuncay Sanli, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Dunne takes the direct free kick.
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a save.
Charles N'Zogbia takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Tuncay Sanli.
Corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia to the near post, Tuncay Sanli makes a clearance.
Stephen Warnock challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Eagles takes the direct free kick, Gary Cahill takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
The referee blows for offside. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Cahill available for Bolton
Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill is available for the Barclays Premier League clash with his old club Aston Villa at the Reebok Stadium after his red card from the 3-0 defeat to Tottenham was rescinded.
Boss Owen Coyle believes Cahill will make the most of his reprieve.
Coyle said: "He was frustrated and angry after the events of last week when that opportunity was taken away from him, as well as the chance to perform against Tottenham.
"Players always like playing against their former club and Gary had a brilliant time at Aston Villa. I know he has a good feeling for the club and I'm sure he'll be determined to go out and show everyone his quality."
Fellow defender David Wheater misses out again as he serves the second game of a four-match ban for his sending off in the previous fixture, a 2-0 loss to Everton.
Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker - another former Villa man - is a doubt due to a hamstring problem.
Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan will make his first Premier League start of the season in place of Shay Given, who is sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury.
The United States international has had few opportunities since joining Villa three years ago because of the form of Brad Friedel and now Given.
But boss Alex McLeish said: "This is a challenge for Brad now, coming in, and a good opportunity for him to show how good a goalkeeper he is. Hopefully we can defend well enough so that they (Bolton) don't get to him too much.
"But we know that in a game, he'll have to come to the fore and we believe in him and we've got good faith in him. He's extremely unlucky to have been understudying some great goalkeepers, but now his chance has come."
McLeish admitted: "Brad did hint that possibly he was looking to go elsewhere and play first-team football but, even before Shay got injured, we told him we needed him and we valued him. We'd been talking about a new contract and I guess that will probably be talked about in the coming few weeks."
Captain Stiliyan Petrov and Stephen Ireland will be in contention to replace on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who has been ruled out for the season after surgery to his Achilles.
Defender Eric Lichaj (hip) is Villa's only other casualty and is poised to return to training in the new year.
Villa vanquish troubled Trotters
Goals from Marc Albrighton and Stiliyan Petrov earned Aston Villa a 2-1 victory - their first away win of the season - as Bolton's troubles at the Reebok Stadium continued.
Wanderers went into the contest having lost six out of seven Barclays Premier League games at their own ground this term, and they fell behind in the 33rd minute when Albrighton prodded in Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross.
Petrov then added to the Trotters' woes six minutes before the break with a strike that went in off former Villa man Gary Cahill, and although Ivan Klasnic reduced the deficit 10 minutes into the second half, the hosts could not salvage a point.
As well as being their seventh home defeat, this was Bolton's 12th loss overall from 15 league fixtures and they have slumped to the bottom of the table.
They were booed by their disgruntled fans, something recently heard from Villa supporters, who will be feeling more positive after seeing their team - now up to eighth - record a win on the road and only their second victory in eight matches.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle made two changes to his first XI, Darren Pratley and Tuncay Sanli coming in for the benched Fabrice Muamba and injured ex-Villa man Nigel Reo-Coker, with Cahill keeping his place to face his old side after his red card in Wanderers' 3-0 defeat to Tottenham last weekend was rescinded.
Villa's team showed three adjustments from the 1-0 loss to Manchester United, manager Alex McLeish recalling Charles N'Zogbia - a week after dropping him for a breach of club rules - at the expense of Barry Bannan, and replacing injured duo Shay Given and Jermaine Jenas with Brad Guzan and Petrov.
After respects had been paid around the ground to former Bolton midfielder Gary Speed with a minute's applause, it was the hosts who created the first real chance of the game when Chris Eagles swung a free-kick towards the box and Cahill headed into Guzan's arms.
Eagles side-footed weakly at Guzan from Klasnic's lay-off before Villa squandered a good opportunity, Cahill's slip allowing N'Zogbia to cross to Petrov, who was right in front of goal but put his shot wide.
Moments later, it was Darren Bent failing to convert when he really should have scored, the unmarked striker seeing his effort come back off the legs of Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Bolton were bizarrely awarded a free-kick in a useful position after Kevin Davies appeared to shove over Alan Hutton and it was taken by Eagles, whose strike was spilled by Guzan before the danger passed. N'Zogbia then attempted to guide the ball in following a short corner, but his effort was off target.
Wanderers were struggling to contain their opponents' attacking play and it came as little surprise when Villa made the breakthrough just after the half-hour mark, Albrighton on hand to tap in Agbonlahor's delivery from the left.
Within six minutes, the visitors had doubled their lead, Petrov's drive taking a deflection off Cahill on its way in.
Bolton might have pulled one back two minutes before the break, but Guzan did well to block Kevin Davies' header.
The hosts showed more purpose at the start of the second half and after Guzan had dived to push away a curler from Eagles, Wanderers made it 2-1.
Klasnic pounced in the 55th minute, sweeping in his seventh goal of the season after Zat Knight's shot had caused a scramble in the box.
Bent was then guilty of further profligacy with a glaring miss, allowing the Trotters go on the hunt for an equaliser, Eagles dragging a shot wide, Kevin Davies heading tamely at Guzan and Mark Davies firing over the bar.
Coyle refreshed his attack, introducing Gael Kakuta in place of Tuncay and then being forced to replace the injured Klasnic with David Ngog.
Despite their continued efforts, though, Bolton they were unable to find a leveller, with Kakuta lashing wide in the closing stages before Jaaskelainen prevented Albrighton from inflicting an even heavier defeat.
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