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Bolton   3 - 2   Aston Villa

Gary Cahill's (second left) scores the first of his two goals
Cahill (second left) had a fine afternoon against his former club

By Paul Fletcher

Ivan Klasnic struck a late winner as Bolton came from behind to stun relegation-threatened Aston Villa.

Darren Bent wasted a one-on-one chance and struck the woodwork but he did put Villa ahead from close range.

Gary Cahill equalised with a header on the stroke of half-time but Marc Albrighton restored Villa's lead.

Jussi Jaaskelainen saved an Ashley Young penalty before Cahill equalised with a left-foot strike and substitute Klasnic smashed home from 14 yards.

Visiting side Villa can regard themselves as unfortunate to have lost after dominating for long periods of the second half.

Certainly Gerard Houllier's team - with eight changes from the under-strength side defeated at Manchester City in the FA Cup in midweek - created enough openings to comfortably win.

Injustice spurred on Bolton - Coyle

And had Jaaskelainen not brilliantly saved Young's penalty to prevent Villa from taking a 3-1 lead, they would surely have done so.

But Bolton worked up a head of steam after Young's miss and completed a brilliant comeback to leapfrog Liverpool, who play Manchester United on Sunday, and move up to sixth in the Premier League table.

However, it is a result that does little to assuage Villa's fears of relegation; they started the day five points clear of the bottom three but that cushion has now been reduced to three points.

The match was an open and entertaining contest, enriched by a constant flow of chances at either end.

Villa created the first clear-cut opening after four minutes when Young's precise pass sent Bent clean through on goal.

The England international was one-on-one with Jaaskelainen but completely fluffed his lines and failed to make any sort of clean contact with his shot, gifting the Bolton keeper the simple task of picking up the loose ball.

But there was nothing Jaaskelainen could do about Bent's opener, the Villa forward tapping home from inside the six-yard box after the impressive Kyle Walker surged down the right-hand side and delivered a teasing low cross.

Bent almost doubled Villa's lead in bizarre fashion when his header struck David Wheater, rebounded back into the forward's face and then thudded against the woodwork.

Moments of admirable skill were often followed by calamitous errors and a mix-up between Young and Brad Friedel saw both players try to clear a low cross and could have resulted in an equaliser for Bolton.

Daniel Sturridge, hoping to score in his fifth consecutive game since joining Bolton on loan from Chelsea, then headed wide, but just as it looked as if Villa would take their lead into the break Cahill equalised against his former club from Martin Petrov's corner.

Both teams continued to show the sort of attacking desire after the break that created such a gripping contest.

Sturridge again headed wastefully across goal for Bolton, while Villa also failed to convert a series of chances.

Jaaskelainen saved a 14-yard strike from Bent, who later had only Wheater to beat from five yards but struck his shot against the Bolton defender.

Angry Houllier feels 'robbed' by defeat

Stewart Downing was also guilty of spurning a good chance, volleying wide from eight yards after Albrighton picked him out unmarked at the far post.

The two men combined to better effect to restore Villa's lead, with Albrighton volleying a superb cross from Downing, who had surged down the right-hand side.

Villa should have secured the points after Wheater crudely obstructed Young. It was a blatant penalty, although Bolton argued the ball had already gone out of play earlier in the build-up.

Jaaskelainen dived brilliantly to his right to save Young's spot-kick and the tone of the contest changed.

Bolton finally managed to build a sustained period of pressure and drew level when Cahill crashed a fierce left-foot shot beyond Friedel after the keeper parried his initial effort.

Croatia international Klasnic then struck the winner, drilling his strike beyond Friedel after a knock-down from Davies.


Bolton manager Owen Coyle on Gary Cahill:

"With his age, Gary is only going to get better. I believe he could play for any top team in world football. Gary could stand toe to toe with anyone.

"There will be a time when Gary has outgrown this football club and when that time comes it will take good money but he will go with my blessing.

"I will never stand in the way of anyone progressing. What Gary has to do between now and the end of the season is keep showing these top clubs what an unbelievable talent he is."

Aston Villa manger Gerard Houllier:

"We created so many chances we were cruising at one point and we could have been 4-1 or 5-1 up.

"I feel frustrated and disappointed but also a bit proud because taking the game to Bolton as we did was something special. We were maybe a bit naive against Cahill.

"In football you are a lucky manager when you have a performance and a result. Today we had the performance but not the result. We created nearly a dozen chances."


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Saturday, 5 March 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 3-2 Aston Villa FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Cahill 45+2
  • Cahill 75
  • Klasnic 86
  • Bent 15
  • Albrighton 64

Bolton

Substitutes

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Ref: FriendAtt: 22,533
BOLTON
ASTON VILLA

Possession

  • Bolton 56%
  • Aston Villa 44%

Attempts on target

  • Bolton 9
  • Aston Villa 6

Attempts off target

  • Bolton 6
  • Aston Villa 4

Corners

  • Bolton 8
  • Aston Villa 5

Fouls

  • Bolton 18
  • Aston Villa 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:29 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+3:54 A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing.
  • 90:00+2:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Kevin Davies. Kyle Walker restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:30 Kyle Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Davies. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:30 Booking Booking for Kyle Walker.
  • 90:00+1:10 The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, blocked by Mark Davies.
  • 90:00+0:25 Ivan Klasnic is ruled offside. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:57 Ciaran Clark fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:07 Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young.
  • 85:37 Stuart Holden takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.
  • 85:37 GOAL - Ivan KlasnicBolton 3 - 2 Aston Villa Ivan Klasnic gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 3-2 Aston Villa.
  • 85:23 The ball is crossed by Ivan Klasnic, Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.
  • 85:07 Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden.
  • 85:00 The ball is swung over by Stuart Holden, blocked by Nathan Baker.
  • 84:35 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stuart Holden.
  • 84:27 The ball is swung over by Gary Cahill, Luke Young manages to make a clearance.
  • 83:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Nigel Reo-Coker. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:26 Kyle Walker delivers the ball, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance.
  • 82:55 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
  • 82:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Gary Cahill. Luke Young takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:11 Substitution Marc Albrighton leaves the field to be replaced by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
  • 80:22 Paul Robinson challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Young.
  • 79:34 Nigel Reo-Coker concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Holden. Free kick crossed by Stuart Holden, Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.
  • 77:54 Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gary Cahill takes the free kick.
  • 76:25 David Wheater concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, Header by Ciaran Clark from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 76:25 Substitution Fabian Delph goes off and Stiliyan Petrov comes on.
  • 76:25 Booking The referee books David Wheater for unsporting behaviour.
  • 74:04 Chung-Yong Lee sends in a cross, blocked by Nathan Baker. Outswinging corner taken by Stuart Holden,
  • 74:04 GOAL - Gary CahillBolton 2 - 2 Aston Villa Gary Cahill fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 2-2 Aston Villa.
  • 73:58 Gary Cahill takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 72:38 Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Paul Robinson results in a free kick. Ciaran Clark takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:19 Corner taken by Stuart Holden from the right by-line.
  • 72:10 The ball is swung over by Mark Davies, Fabian Delph gets a block in.
  • 70:02 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Young.
  • 70:02 Power penalty taken by Ashley Young saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Bolton 1-2 Aston Villa.
  • 69:09 David Wheater concedes a Penalty for a foul on Ashley Young.
  • 69:09 Booking The referee shows Gretar Rafn Steinsson a yellow card.
  • 68:40 Booking Jussi Jaaskelainen is cautioned.
  • 66:07 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Ivan Klasnic coming on for Johan Elmander.
  • 65:48 Effort from the edge of the area by Daniel Sturridge goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 63:52 Assist on the goal came from Stewart Downing.
  • 63:52 GOAL - Marc AlbrightonBolton 1 - 2 Aston Villa Marc Albrighton gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Bolton 1-2 Aston Villa.
  • 63:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Davies on Ashley Young. Fabian Delph takes the free kick.
  • 62:48 The offside flag is raised against Daniel Sturridge. Ciaran Clark restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:52 Nathan Baker fouled by Johan Elmander, the ref awards a free kick. Ciaran Clark takes the direct free kick.
  • 61:10 Ashley Young takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 60:51 Stuart Holden concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Reo-Coker. Luke Young restarts play with the free kick.
  • 60:51 Booking The referee shows Stuart Holden a yellow card.
  • 59:25 Substitution Martin Petrov goes off and Chung-Yong Lee comes on.
  • 59:25 Substitution Mark Davies comes on in place of Fabrice Muamba.
  • 58:15 Martin Petrov is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 57:52 The ball is sent over by Johan Elmander.
  • 57:47 The ball is crossed by Stuart Holden.
  • 56:16 David Wheater gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stewart Downing, Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:30 Darren Bent takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Ashley Young takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 53:30 Darren Bent takes a shot. Blocked by David Wheater. Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young to the near post, Stuart Holden manages to make a clearance.
  • 52:29 Marc Albrighton produces a cross, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Stewart Downing goes wide right of the target.
  • 52:14 Gretar Rafn Steinsson sends in a cross, Kyle Walker makes a clearance.
  • 51:04 The ball is delivered by Stuart Holden, clearance made by Luke Young.
  • 49:58 The ball is swung over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, Header from close range by Daniel Sturridge misses to the right of the goal.
  • 49:52 Martin Petrov produces a cross.
  • 48:48 Darren Bent takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 47:53 A cross is delivered by Johan Elmander.
  • 45:57 A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton, Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:14 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+1:07 Corner taken by Martin Petrov, Martin Petrov provided the assist for the goal.
  • 45:00+1:07 GOAL - Gary CahillBolton 1 - 1 Aston Villa Gary Cahill grabs a headed goal from close range. Bolton 1-1 Aston Villa.
  • 45:00+0:35 Shot by Johan Elmander from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 43:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Johan Elmander. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 43:01 Martin Petrov produces a cross, Fabian Delph manages to make a clearance.
  • 42:46 Stuart Holden decides to take a short corner.
  • 42:41 Martin Petrov crosses the ball, Kyle Walker gets a block in.
  • 41:19 The ball is sent over by Johan Elmander.
  • 39:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Nathan Baker. Free kick crossed by Ashley Young, comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 37:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Johan Elmander. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
  • 37:59 Booking Johan Elmander is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 35:58 Ciaran Clark challenges Stuart Holden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Sturridge fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 35:34 Booking Ciaran Clark goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 35:30 Ciaran Clark concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Holden. Daniel Sturridge has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 33:58 Fabrice Muamba fouled by Nigel Reo-Coker, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Martin Petrov from the free kick.
  • 33:36 Gary Cahill fouled by Darren Bent, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 33:07 Centre by Johan Elmander.
  • 32:55 Kyle Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on Jussi Jaaskelainen. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 32:33 Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Young, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 32:02 The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 31:08 Stuart Holden produces a cross, Kyle Walker manages to make a clearance.
  • 30:03 Unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Ashley Young results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Wheater.
  • 28:56 Gretar Rafn Steinsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing. Direct free kick taken by Nathan Baker.
  • Correction - 28:06 Foul by Luke Young on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded. Daniel Sturridge restarts play with the free kick.
  • 28:06 Daniel Sturridge fouled by Luke Young, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Sturridge takes the free kick.
  • 26:32 The ball is delivered by Kevin Davies, Header from close in by Daniel Sturridge misses to the left of the goal.
  • 24:21 Marc Albrighton delivers the ball.
  • 22:37 Martin Petrov crosses the ball.
  • 21:56 Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:28 Header by Darren Bent from inside the area hits the post.
  • 17:40 The ball is delivered by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Ciaran Clark.
  • 17:14 Marc Albrighton produces a cross, Gretar Rafn Steinsson makes a clearance.
  • 14:54 Assist on the goal came from Kyle Walker.
  • 14:54 GOAL - Darren BentBolton 0 - 1 Aston Villa Goal scored by Darren Bent from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-1 Aston Villa.
  • 14:09 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Clearance by Luke Young.
  • Correction - 13:32 Short corner taken by Martin Petrov.
  • 13:32 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the right by-line.
  • 8:56 Johan Elmander challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:57 Darren Bent is ruled offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:20 Johan Elmander fouled by Ashley Young, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 7:01 The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
  • 6:29 The offside flag is raised against Ashley Young. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 6:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Young by Kevin Davies. Luke Young takes the free kick.
  • 5:12 Shot from just outside the box by Gary Cahill goes over the bar.
  • 4:38 Paul Robinson fouled by Marc Albrighton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Holden.
  • 1:08 Shot by Johan Elmander from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
  • 0:28 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden from the left by-line to the near post, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 28 35 60
2 Arsenal 28 30 57
3 Man City 29 20 53
4 Chelsea 27 25 48
5 Tottenham 27 7 47
6 Bolton 29 2 40
7 Liverpool 28 1 39
8 Sunderland 29 -2 38
9 Newcastle 29 3 36
10 Everton 28 0 36
11 Fulham 29 1 35
12 Stoke 29 -6 34
13 Aston Villa 29 -13 33
14 Blackburn 29 -12 32
15 Blackpool 28 -13 32
16 West Brom 29 -15 32
17 West Ham 29 -13 31
18 Birmingham 27 -12 30
19 Wolves 28 -15 28
20 Wigan 29 -23 27



see also
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