Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Aston Villa

  • April 03, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's recent poor run continued as Aston Villa ended one of their own with a 1-0 win at the Reebok Stadium.

Ashley Young scored the only goal of the game with just 11 minutes on the clock as Bolton start to worry about the threat of relegation once again.

The game began slowly, with the best of the action resulting in Tamir Cohen closing on goal. A first shot from the Israel international flew wide, while the second brought Brad Freidel into a smart stop in the Villa goal.

But with 11 minutes gone, the deadlock was broken. As Stephen Warnock broke forward from left-back, he fed Young who cut inside Sam Ricketts before curling the ball into the far corner of Jussi Jaaskelainen's net.

Jack Wilshere had a chance to equalise moments later but shot wide, before brave defending from Richard Dunne prevented Fabrice Muamba from scoring.

Villa then stepped up a gear and Gabriel Agbonlahor came close to adding a second. After turning Zat Knight inside the area, he sent a shot goalwards which had to be tipped over by Jaaskelainen.

Young could have had a second a few mintes later, but after cutting inside Paul Robinson from the Villa right, he opted to shoot instead of pass and saw his shot saved.

He almost pulled off a repeat of his opener just moments before the break, but this time the ball flew wide and Bolton were off the hook.

Stewart Downing twice came close for the visitors just after the break. First he saw a free-kick deflected behind, before heading narrowly over the crossbar from Young's resulting corner.

Midway through the second half, substitute Ivan Klasnic almost levelled for Owen Coyle's side, only for Freidel to block with his feet just six yards from goal.

Jaaskelainen pulled off a similar save at the other end with 12 minutes remaining to deny Emile Heskey, before Villa had a golden chance to seal the points.

With 83 minutes gone, Agbonlahor was sent clear, only to steer his shot wide of goal. Jaaskelainen was booked for his protests, claiming Agbonlahor was offside while many inside the ground also felt Wanderers should have had possession from a drop-ball leading up to the shot.

Neither side managed to create any more chances in a lackluster second period, with the main drama being kept for after the final whistle.

After Young had appeared to trip Vladimir Weiss, Wilshere became involved in a confrontation with Agbonlahor. Klasnic also got involved in the pushing and shoving, with the end result being both Wanderers players being booked.

The 1-0 scoreline means Bolton have now lost three in a row without scoring, with Chelsea up next at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday week.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong (Taylor 78), Muamba, Cohen (Weiss 66), Wilshere, K Davies, Elmander (Klasnic 57)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, Steinsson, A O'Brien
Booked: Ricketts, Jaaskelainen, Wilshere, Klasnic

Aston Villa: Freidel, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, A Young, Petrov, Delph (Sidwell 75), Downing, Carew (Heskey 70), Agbonlahor
Subs Not Used: Guzan, L Young, Milner, Delfouneso, Beye
Goals: A Young 11

Attendance: Mike Jones
Referee: 21,111

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