Saturday September 18, 2010 Day 5 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 1 - 1 Bolton Wanderers

  • Young 13’
  • Davies 35’

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  1. Villa draw ends McDonald reign

    Villa draw ends McDonald reign

    Aston Villa were held to a 1-1 draw by Bolton at Villa Park in the final game of Kevin MacDonald's tenure in charge of the Midlands club. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • 90'+4 There goes the final whistle and it ends all square! Boos ring out with Villa fans unhappy with their side's performance! But it's a great result for Bolton, who recover from that hammering against Arsenal last weekend with a point at a ground they usually don't enjoy visiting.
    • 90'+3 Holden slides into Downing, who stays down to receive some treatment...
    • 90'+2 It opens up a little for Kevin Davies now... but his touch lets him down in the end....
    • 90' Into injury time we go, and still it's Bolton who look the more likely.
    • 88' But here come the Villa... oh dear, Albrighton's cross sails way over everyone's head in the penalty area...
    • 87' Villa are holding on at the moment... it's Bolton who are pressing for a late winner...
    • 86' ELMANDER! What a chance for Bolton to take the lead! It falls to him just inside the penalty area, but he fires straight at Friedel!
    • 85' Ooh! Taylor forces another great save out of Friedel, low down to his left!
    • 85' Cuellar barges into the back of Davies and Bolton have a free-kick in a dangerous position... Matt Taylor is over it....
    • 84' Here comes Taylor... Martin Petrov makes way....
    • 82' Robinson puts the ball out of play as he thinks Knight needs treatment... but just as he does so, Knight gets back up... Villa take the throw but don't give it back.
    • 81' Looks like Matty Taylor is about to come on for Bolton...
    • 80' Holden gets on the end of a long throw into the Villa box... but his stab goes wide of the far post...
    • 79' The ball nearly falls to Agbonlahor in the Bolton box, but his touch lets him down and it goes out for a goal kick.
    • 78' Possession pretty even this half....
    • 76' Carew and Knight again get embroiled in a physcial battle... it's a titanic one between the two big men! But referee Dean sees no problem with it and his whistle remains silent.
    • 75' Carew wins a corner, but his shirt is ripped by Knight in the process! He desperately signals to the bench for a replacement, but will stay on the field for the corner...
    • 74' Super cross in by Steinsson but Luke Young is there to head clear and Villa can break...
    • 73' Reader Michael reckons Villa "will score 2 more goals 3-1"... maybe Carew's the man to do it.
    • 72' Here comes another Villa change... Ireland is sacrificed for Carew...
    • 71' Oooh! Holden brings Friedel into action with a low shot from an tight angle!
    • 70' Just going back to that Davies booking - that's his fourth of the season so far. And we've only player five games! He managed to keep his nose clean in Bolton's opener against Fulham...
    • 69' Bolton make a change... Mark Davies for Muamba...
    • 67' Davies goes in late on Petrov and that'll be a yellow card for the Bolton skipper...
    • 66' Agbonlahor wins another corner for Villa, this time off Knight... Bogdan again claims... well played the young keeper!
    • 65' Bogdan confidently claims the corner... and Bolton can come again.
    • 64' Agbonlahor fires a low cross over into the Bolton box... it's into the side netting but must have taken a deflection as the ref signals a corner.
    • 63' Petrov tries his luck once again, this time from a little further out.... way over the bar, much to the delight of the home crowd.
    • 62' Martin Petrov! Oooh! What a save by Friedel! He turns the Bulgarian's well-struck effort over the bar!
    • 60' An hour gone and there's nothing to separate these two sides... Villa are still looking the more likely, but Bolton can always hit on the break... it's anyone's game.
    • 59' Moments later it falls kindly to Downing on the edge of the box... he fires on target! Bogdan makes the save but spills it! But he reacts quick enough to pounce on the loose ball and Bolton can breathe again!
    • 58' Chance for Villa! Agbonlahor gets on the end of a cross on the six-yard box but that's a great block to deny him!
    • 57' Matty Taylor is beginning to warm up on the sidelines... a Bolton change could be on its way soon.
    • 56' And Downing is okay to continue... for the time being at least.
    • 55' Bolton break now with Lee... he's upended by Downing who seems to come off the worse... free-kick to Bolton.
    • 54' Elmander looks to make a nuisance of himself in the Villa box... but he can only divert the ball straight into the arms of Friedel.
    • 53' That's what Villa need at the moment though... someone to take this game by the scruff of its neck....
    • 52' But here's Ireland who skips past two challenges on a great run... but he can't find a finish to match, and his curling effort goes wide of the post!
    • 50' It's all a bit scrappy so far this half... neither side seem able to put their foot on it...
    • 49' A few groans go up around Villa Park as a wayward pass goes to a white shirt... some frustration creeping in...
    • 48' Not sure why Dunne has been withdrawn... but we can assume it's an injury of some description...
    • 47' Warnock takes a knock on his ankle and he'll need just a moment to recover.
    • 46' One change to tell you about... Villa have replaced Dunne with Cuellar.
    • 46' Here we go again! Back under way at Villa Park!
    • 45'+2 There goes the half-time whistle and it's all square at 1-1 at the break!
    • 45' This is another nice passing move from Bolton, but it's ended by a firm challenge from Warnock.
    • 44' Albrighton again causes problems in the Bolton defence... he plays it to Ashley Young, but his eventual shot goes tamely wide.
    • 43' Warnock goes into the book for a scythe on Elmander... he looks perplexed by that decision.
    • 42' Albrighton gets caught in possession but Villa soon get the ball back... Ashley Young wins a free-kick soon after but his pass from it is awful and it goes straight out of play.
    • 41' Downing drops his shoulder and gets past his man to get over a cross.... but Agbonlahor can't get on the end of it...
    • 40' Oooh! Holden lets fly from 25 yards out after Robinson plays the ball into his path! Just wide of the mark!
    • 39' Johan Elmander has scored on both of his Premier League visits to Villa Park.
    • 38' Replays show there to have been contact between Dunne's outstreched leg on Elmander there... the Swede may have had a point....
    • 37' Elmander goes off on a great run.... into the box he goes but he's upended at the final hurdle.... he wants a penalty, but Mr Dean isn't going to give him one....
    • 36' Villa look to hit back straight away with Agbonlahor who fires into the side netting! Must have taken a touch off a Bolton player and they have a corner!
    • 35' GOAL! DAVIES LEVELS THINGS UP! It's a great finish from the Bolton skipper to finish off a great passing move involving Lee and Holden and culminating in Petrov's cross into the box... Davies takes a touch to control it before slamming the ball into the roof of the net!
    • 34' Villa have had five goal attempts to Bolton's four... two of those have been on target, Bolton one.
    • 33' Albrighton cuts inside Muamba and lets fly again... it's deflected and the ball loops up into Bogdan's arms....
    • 32' Oooh! The ball falls kindly for Davies inside the box! But it cannons into the back of Luke Young and it doesn't get to its intended target!
    • 31' Martin Petrov now looks to inspire Bolton.... he whips in a cross but it's easily dealt with by the Villa defence.
    • 29' Lee knew he was looking for that... he looked pretty sheepish as he got up from the turf...
    • 28' Slight penalty shout as Lee goes down under the challenge of Warnock! But referee Mike Dean is not impressed and he waves play on...
    • 27' Steinsson cuts inside now and fires goalwards! Not a bad strike, but it's off target...
    • 26' Petrov, Stiliyan, looks to find the run of Albrighton... but Bogdan is off his line to claim at the edge of the box...
    • 25' Holden is robbed by Ireland and here come Villa again... but the move breaks down as quickly as it emerged...
    • 24' Bogdan, the Bolton keeper, is again wearing a top to match his hair today - bright orange.
    • 23' Fabrice Muamba has averaged six tackles a game so far this season; a Premier League high.
    • 22' Villa are just keeping the ball at the moment... they're in no hurry to find another way through the Bolton backline.
    • 21' There's Gary McAllister, sat next door but one to Houllier in the director's box. He'll take up his position as assistant manager on Monday.
    • 20' One of our readers, Stu says: "Im a big fan of Muamba, think he should be given a chance in England team." Indeed he is a decent player, but he's yet to impose himself on today's game.
    • 19' Villa finally take the free-kick... ooooh! Downing fires a great strike inches wide of Bogdan's left-hand post!
    • 18' Andy O'Brien is just receiving some treatment... it doesn't look good for him.... and he hobbles off, straight down the tunnel. Sam Ricketts comes on to replace the defender.
    • 17' Villa are all over Bolton at the moment... here comes Young again... Knight upends him and is shown a yellow for his crime.
    • 16' Oooh! Downing strikes that one beautifully! But it hits a Bolton shirt and Bogdan isn't troubled this tme.
    • 15' Here come Villa again... and Downing wins another corner!
    • 14' That's the fifth game in succession that Ashley Young has scored against Bolton... that's quite some record. And quite some goal, into the left hand corner, leaving Bogdan with no chance!
    • 13' GOAL! YOUNG FIRES THE FREE-KICK HOME! Cracking effort from the man who just loves scoring against Villa!
    • 12' Ashley Young wins a free-kick off Muamba, dead centre, 25 yards out.... could be danger here.
    • 11' Albrighton again whips a ball into the box... nothing doing this time, but the Villa winger is by far the most dangerous player on the pitch at the moment.
    • 10' Nothing comes of it... but Steinsson launches a throw-in into the box soon after... Friedel is there to claim though.
    • 9' Back to the other end and and Davies now wins a corner...
    • 8' Here goes Albrighton again... but this time Robinson makes a cracking challenge to end the youngster's progress... hard but fair.
    • 7' Martin Petrov swings a free-kick into the Villa box... Davies should get his head to it, but he somehow fails to...
    • 6' Albrighton now fires goalwards after hurrying Robinson into a poor clearance... but he drags his shot wide of goal...
    • 6' But here come Villa again... and Albrighton wins a corner for the hosts, who have started the brighter of the two teams...
    • 5' Oooh! A loose ball out of defence from Villa finds a white shirt... it's played in to Davies who turns brilliantly to get away from Collins... he tries a curler from the edge of the box... just wide!
    • 5' Downing finds Ireland as Villa look to come forward again... but the former Manchester City man's control lets him down.
    • 4' Villa are down to 10 men momentarily as Young gingerly walks off...
    • 3' Ashley Young takes a tumble and he stays down on the edge of the Bolton box... on comes the trainer to give the wide man some treatment.
    • 2' Collins finds Ireland but his pass is intercepted.... Villa regain possession with Albrighton on the right hand side... great ball in but well punched clear by Bogdan!
    • 2' Villa are defending the Holte End this half... the hosts are in their traditional colours, as are Bolton. No sunshine at Villa Park today, it's overcast, but no rain.
    • 1' We're ready to go! And we're off at Villa Park!
    • 14:55 Here come the teams! And there's the first shot of Hoillier in the stands today.... his players will certainly want to impress in front of the new boss....
    • 14:50 Owen Coyle’s side have failed to score in eight of their last 12 Premier League away matches and the Bolton boss has only one clean sheet to his name in 23 away games as a Premier League coach.
    • 14:45 Here's a good omen for Kevin McDonald in his final game as caretaker manager: Villa haven’t lost at home in the Premier League during the month of September since defeat by Chelsea in 1992.
    • 14:40 Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored four goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Bolton.
    • 14:35 And today's referee is Mike Dean (Wirral).
    • 14:30 The teams are in.... Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Petrov, Albrighton, Ireland, Downing, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Carew, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Clark, Cuellar, Bannan /// Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Knight, Andrew O'Brien, Robinson, Petrov, Muamba, Holden, Lee, Kevin Davies, Elmander. Subs: Lainton, Taylor, Mark Davies, Klasnic, Ricketts, Moreno, Blake
    • 14:25 Bolton have only won one of their last 15 meetings with Aston Villa in the Premier League.
    • 14:20 Villa, currently occupying seventh in the Premier League, will be looking to bounce back from Monday's defeat at Stoke. Bolton also come into the game off the back of a defeat - that 4-1 hammering by Arsenal last weekend.
    • 14:15 Aston Villa welcome Bolton to the Midlands for the hosts' final game before Gerard Houllier takes control.
  • Summary

    • 86' ELMANDER! What a chance for Bolton to take the lead! It falls to him just inside the penalty area, but he fires straight at Friedel!
    • 85' Ooh! Taylor forces another great save out of Friedel, low down to his left!
    • 71' Oooh! Holden brings Friedel into action with a low shot from an tight angle!
    • 62' Martin Petrov! Oooh! What a save by Friedel! He turns the Bulgarian's well-struck effort over the bar!
    • 59' Moments later it falls kindly to Downing on the edge of the box... he fires on target! Bogdan makes the save but spills it! But he reacts quick enough to pounce on the loose ball and Bolton can breathe again!
    • 58' Chance for Villa! Agbonlahor gets on the end of a cross on the six-yard box but that's a great block to deny him!
    • 52' But here's Ireland who skips past two challenges on a great run... but he can't find a finish to match, and his curling effort goes wide of the post!
    • 40' Oooh! Holden lets fly from 25 yards out after Robinson plays the ball into his path! Just wide of the mark!
    • 35' GOAL! DAVIES LEVELS THINGS UP! It's a great finish from the Bolton skipper to finish off a great passing move involving Lee and Holden and culminating in Petrov's cross into the box... Davies takes a touch to control it before slamming the ball into the roof of the net!
    • 19' Villa finally take the free-kick... ooooh! Downing fires a great strike inches wide of Bogdan's left-hand post!
    • 13' GOAL! YOUNG FIRES THE FREE-KICK HOME! Cracking effort from the man who just loves scoring against Villa!
    • 5' Oooh! A loose ball out of defence from Villa finds a white shirt... it's played in to Davies who turns brilliantly to get away from Collins... he tries a curler from the edge of the box... just wide!
    • 14:30 The teams are in.... Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Petrov, Albrighton, Ireland, Downing, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Carew, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Clark, Cuellar, Bannan /// Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Knight, Andrew O'Brien, Robinson, Petrov, Muamba, Holden, Lee, Kevin Davies, Elmander. Subs: Lainton, Taylor, Mark Davies, Klasnic, Ricketts, Moreno, Blake

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • L. Young
      • J. Collins
      • R. Dunne Substitution Out (45′)
      • S. Warnock Yellow Card
      • S. Ireland Substitution Out (72′)
      • S. Petrov
      • M. Albrighton
      • A. Young Goal
      • S. Downing
      • G. Agbonlahor

      Subs

      • E. Heskey
      • J. Carew Substitution In72′
      • N. Reo-Coker
      • B. Guzan
      • B. Bannan
      • C. Cuéllar Substitution In45′
      • C. Clark
    • Starting line-up

      • Á. Bogdán
      • G. Steinsson
      • A. O'Brien Substitution Out (18′)
      • Z. Knight Yellow Card
      • P. Robinson
      • F. Muamba Substitution Out (69′)
      • S. Holden
      • C. Lee
      • M. Petrov Substitution Out (84′)
      • J. Elmander
      • K. Davies Goal Yellow Card

      Subs

      • I. Klasnic
      • R. Blake
      • M. Taylor Substitution In84′
      • S. Ricketts Substitution In18′
      • M. Davies Substitution In69′
      • Rodri
      • R. Lainton
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