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Aston Villa   1 - 1   Bolton

Ashley Young
Young's excellent free-kick gave Villa the lead but they were unable to hold on

By John Oakley

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.

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.

Petrov saw two shots blocked for the visitors but Villa held on at the end.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

MacDonald earns 'fair' draw in last game

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.

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.

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.

If anything, however, the change appeared to galvanise Bolton and the visitors bucked up their ideas to level before the break.

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.

Coyle pays tribute to goalscorer Davies

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.

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.

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.

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.

Holden also forced Friedel into action while another piledriver from Petrov was bravely blocked by another sliding challenge from the impressive Luke Young.

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.

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.


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.

"You get to know the lads well over the years and it was nice for them to come over to me after the goal."

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.

"Going behind is never easy but we came back well and we had numerous opportunities to actually win the game.

"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."


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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 1-1 Bolton FT
(HT 1-1)
  • A Young 13
  • Davies 35

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Bolton

Substitutes

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
  • 93:47 The match begins.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Holden on Stewart Downing. Free kick taken by Stewart Downing.
  • 90:00+1:23 Mark Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Young.
  • 90:00 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 89:30 Gretar Rafn Steinsson sends in a cross, save by Brad Friedel.
  • 88:46 The referee blows for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.
  • 88:24 Chung-Yong Lee is ruled offside. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:24 Corner taken right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee 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 by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line.
  • 83:39 Carlos Cuellar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Matthew Taylor produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Brad Friedel.
  • 82:30 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Matthew Taylor coming on for Martin Petrov.
  • 82:30 Foul by Marc Albrighton on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
  • 80:02 Stuart Holden has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
  • 78:19 Chung-Yong Lee delivers the ball, save by Brad Friedel.
  • 76:58 The ball is swung over by John Carew, clearance made by Zat Knight.
  • 74:40 Stephen Warnock produces a cross, Paul Robinson makes a clearance.
  • 73:54 Ashley Young takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Adam Bogdan makes a clearance.
  • 73:17 The ball is sent over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, clearance made by Luke Young.
  • 72:56 Martin Petrov takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
  • 72:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts by John Carew. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
  • 71:39 Substitution John Carew on for Stephen Ireland.
  • 71:17 Shot from just outside the box by Stewart Downing goes over the crossbar.
  • 71:08 Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, clearance by Paul Robinson.
  • 69:46 Stuart Holden takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 68:19 Substitution Fabrice Muamba goes off and Mark Davies comes on.
  • 66:49 Free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 66:49 Booking Booking for Kevin Davies for unsporting behaviour.
  • 66:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Kevin Davies.
  • 64:44 Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, save by Adam Bogdan.
  • 64:40 A cross is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance made by Zat Knight.
  • 63:39 Ashley Young takes the inswinging corner, comfortable save by Adam Bogdan.
  • 63:31 A cross is delivered 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 Corner taken by Stuart Holden played to the near post, Gabriel Agbonlahor makes a clearance.
  • 61:48 Shot from 18 yards from Martin Petrov. Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 61:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by James Collins. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 58:53 Ashley Young challenges Stuart Holden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:11 Shot by Stewart Downing. Save by Adam Bogdan.
  • 57:50 Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line.
  • 57:25 The ball is crossed by Stephen Warnock, Luke Young takes a shot. Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.
  • 55:59 Foul by Martin Petrov on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Stewart Downing takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:18 Unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Stewart Downing results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 53:40 Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Cuellar. Carlos Cuellar takes the free kick.
  • 51:33 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Stephen Ireland goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 45:01 Substitution Carlos Cuellar replaces Richard Dunne.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00 The first half comes to an end.
  • 44:57 Ashley Young produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 43:26 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Indirect free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.
  • 42:06 Martin Petrov crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 42:06 Booking Stephen Warnock is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 41:53 Stephen Warnock challenges Johan Elmander unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 41:39 Ashley Young fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young takes the free kick.
  • 40:35 The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, Headed effort from inside the area by Gabriel Agbonlahor misses to the right of the target.
  • 39:09 Stuart Holden has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 38:00 Corner taken by Stewart Downing, clearance by Paul Robinson.
  • 37:54 The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, clearance by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • Correction - 36:36 Luke Young takes a shot. Blocked by Stuart Holden.
  • 36:36 Ashley Young takes a shot. Blocked by Stuart Holden.
  • 36:20 Corner taken by Ashley Young played to the near post, clearance by Johan Elmander.
  • 36:09 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.
  • 34:52 Martin Petrov provided the assist for the goal.
  • 34:52 GOAL - Kevin DaviesAston Villa 1 - 1 Bolton Goal scored by Kevin Davies from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Bolton.
  • 34:50 The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov,
  • 34:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabrice Muamba on Stiliyan Petrov. Stiliyan Petrov takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:51 The ball is swung over by Luke Young, save by Adam Bogdan.
  • Correction - 32:30 Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.
  • 32:30 Marc Albrighton has a drilled shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
  • 32:04 Zat Knight fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
  • 31:50 Kevin Davies takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Luke Young.
  • 31:39 A cross is delivered by Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 30:50 The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov, clearance by James Collins.
  • 28:44 Stephen Ireland challenges Stuart Holden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.
  • 27:16 Effort from 35 yards by Gretar Rafn Steinsson went wide right of the net.
  • 23:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Zat Knight. Direct free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.
  • 22:38 Marc Albrighton challenges Samuel Ricketts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.
  • 20:19 Shot from just outside the area by Martin Petrov goes over the bar.
  • 19:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Kevin Davies. Stuart Holden takes 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 (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Samuel Ricketts coming on for Andrew O'Brien.
  • 16:25 Booking Zat Knight goes into the book.
  • 16:18 Foul by Zat Knight on Ashley Young, free kick awarded.
  • 14:45 Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Richard Dunne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
  • 14:24 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line.
  • 14:03 Stewart Downing takes a shot from 20 yards. Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.
  • 12:16 GOAL - Ashley YoungAston Villa 1 - 0 Bolton Ashley Young finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Bolton.
  • 11:31 Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young.
  • 10:53 Martin Petrov crosses the ball, James Collins makes a clearance.
  • 10:17 The ball is delivered by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 9:03 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden played to the near post, Luke Young manages to make a clearance.
  • 8:29 Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 7:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Albrighton on Stuart Holden. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:38 Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Stephen Ireland, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Petrov restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:02 Marc Albrighton produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 5:10 Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, clearance by Johan Elmander.
  • 4:02 Kevin Davies has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 1:40 Centre by Marc Albrighton, save by Adam Bogdan.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 18 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 16 12
2 Arsenal 5 10 11
3 Man Utd 4 6 8
4 Tottenham 5 2 8
5 Newcastle 5 2 7
6 Fulham 5 1 7
7 Blackpool 4 0 7
8 Aston Villa 5 -3 7
9 West Brom 5 -4 7
10 Sunderland 5 0 6
11 Birmingham 5 -1 6
12 Bolton 5 -1 6
13 Man City 4 2 5
14 Blackburn 5 -1 5
15 Wolves 5 -2 5
16 Liverpool 4 -2 5
17 Stoke 5 -3 4
18 Wigan 4 -9 4
19 Everton 5 -3 2
20 West Ham 5 -10 1


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