Aston Villa 5-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 07, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's miserable poor run continues as they fell to a humiliating 5-1 defeat at Aston Villa.

Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor had put the hosts into a 2-0 lead before Johan Elmander pulled one back just before the break.

Second half goals from John Carew, James Milner and Carlos Cuellar completed the rout as Bolton fell to a heavy defeat at Villa Park for the third season in succession.

Villa started brightly and Cuellar was denied by Jussi Jaaskelainen, but it wasn't long before the deadlock was broken.

Jaaskelainen made a superb stop to deny Carew but the ball fell kindly for Ashley Young who reacted quickly to fire into the roof of the net.

Bolton responded immediately and Brad Freidel had to be alert to deny former Villain Gary Cahill with a header from a corner.

Tamir Cohen, who had earlier been booked, was replaced by Johan Elmander after 29 minutes with what appeared to be a thigh injury.

Carew saw another header well saved by Jaaskelainen soon after, but he wasn't to be denied as he had a big assist to play as Villa doubled their lead.

The Norwegian international capitalised on some poor defending from Cahill before cutting the ball back for Agbonlahor who slotted the ball through Jaaskelainen's legs and into the bottom corner.

Wanderers pulled one back almost immediately as they finished the half on a high. After Cahill had hit a post, Elmander reacted quickest to poke the ball over the line and put the visitors back in with a shout.

Fabrice Muamba, who has yet to score for Bolton, came close just after the break but Freidel did well to keep out his dipping volley from the edge of the area.

Luke Young brought Jaaskelainen into action soon after, but the Finn was beaten on 53 minutes courtesy of some poor defending.

Milner picked out Carew on the edge of the area and he held off the challenge of Zat Knight before nutmegging Cahill and finding the corner of the net.

With 72 minutes on the clock, Milner added a fourth as Bolton conceded a penalty through a Kevin Davies challenge on Carew.

Milner's spot kick was saved by Jaaskelainen and after Steve Sidwell's rebound hit the post, the ball fell back to Milner who poked the ball into an empty net.

Then, just three minutes later, Milner's cross found Cuellar at the near post who sent his flick header across goal and into the far corner of the net.

Ashley Young came close to adding a sixth in stoppage time but Jaaskelainen was still alert to prevent him from a free-kick.

The Premier League takes a two week break due to the international fixtures and Bolton return to action with a home game against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday 22nd November.

Aston Villa: Freidel, L Young, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Milner (Delfouneso 82), Reo-Coker (Delph 86), Sidwell (Gardner 86), A Young, Carew, Agbonlahor
Subs Not Used: Guzan, Albrighton, Shorey, Clark
Booked: Gardner
Goals: A Young 5, Agbonlahor 43, Carew 53, Milner 72, Cuellar 75

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts (Steinsson 69), Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong, Muamba, Cohen (Elmander 29), Taylor, Gardner, K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, M Davies, Klasnic, Basham, A O'Brien
Booked: Cohen, Cahill, K Davies, Robinson
Goals: Elmander 45

Attendance: 38,101
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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7 Derby County 3 6
8 Bolton Wanderers 3 5
9 Portsmouth 3 5
10 Accrington Stanley 3 5
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