Game #5479 

Season | 2017-18 |

Matchday | #42 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #78 |
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Football League | Championship | Away | Bolton Wanderers | Macron Stadium | 19,304 |

Game Summary

Manager | Steve Bruce | 

KO | 17.30 |
Referee | Robert Jones | 

HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 0-1 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WWWLL | 

League Position | 4th | +1 |

Line Up |

GK Sam Johnstone |
RB James Bree |
RB Ahmed El Mohamady |
CB James Chester |
BOOKED | 18' |
CB John Terry |
M Jack Grealish |
M Birkir Bjarnasson |
M Conor Hourihane |
SUB OFF | 54' |
W Robert Snodgrass | BOOKED | 31' | SUB OFF | 82' |
W Albert Adomah | SUB OFF | 72' |
CF Lewis Grabban |

Substitutes |

F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy for M Conor Hourihane | 54’ | 
F Scott Hogan for W Albert Adomah | 72’ | 
CF Keinan Davis for W Robert Snodgrass | 82’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
M Henri Lansbury
M Mile Jedinak
M Josh Onomah

Cards |

 Yellow | James Chester | 18’ |

 Yellow | Robert Snodgrass | 31’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 28.44 | 

Oldest Player | CB John Terry | 37.30 |

Youngest Player | RB James Bree | 20.28 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | 

Loaned Out |

W Carles Gil | Deportivo La Coruña | 12 July 2017 - 30 June 2018 |

LB Jordan Amavi | Marseille | 10 August 2017 - 30 June 2018 |

M Gary Gardner | Barnsley | 31 August 2017 - 31 May 2018 |

M Aaron Tshibola | Kilmarnock FC | 29 January 2018 - 14 May 2018 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 50
Possession A | 50
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 14
Fouls A | 19

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Adam Le Fondre’s first-half strike dented Aston Villa’s automatic promotion chances as Bolton won 1-0 at the Macron Stadium.
Le Fondre poked home Darren Pratley’s flicked pass from a corner (19) to hand the hosts a surprise victory over the Sky Bet Championship’s fourth-placed side.

Lewis Grabban missed a golden chance to get Villa back into the game in the 33rd minute, while full-back James Bree was superbly denied by goalkeeper Ben Alnwick in injury time as Bolton condemned the visitors to their second league defeat this week.

Villa are seven points behind second-placed Cardiff, who host Derby - live on/Sky Sports Football/- on Sunday. Meanwhile, Bolton’s second consecutive win means they go six points clear of the relegation zone in 19th.

 

The visitors looked more likely to score after the opening 19 minutes as Robert Snodgrass threatened with a header which he nodded wide, but it was Bolton who took a surprise lead.

 

Sammy Ameobi’s low corner was flicked on by Pratley at the near post into the path of the unmarked Le Fondre, who poked home from point-blank range. Bolton nearly made it two immediately after the restart, but Jon Flanagan’s low drive was blocked on the line with goalkeeper Sam Johnstone beaten.
 

Villa responded valiantly as Albert Adomah headed Grabban’s deep cross narrowly wide before the latter missed a glorious chance as he misdirected Jack Grealish’s low cross from around three yards out.


As the snow swept across the Macron Stadium once again, Le Fondre came close to scoring his second goal in the 64th minute as he outmuscled James Chester before he dragged his first-time shot wide.
 

His miss seemingly sparked Villa into life as Scott Hogan came off the bench and nearly scored 13 minutes later. Hogan met Snodgrass’ cross, but his shot was heroically blocked by Flanagan before the ball bounced into Alnwick’s grateful arms.
 

In the second minute of injury time, Alnwick made his finest save of the match. Grealish’s dangerous cross was headed goal-bound by Bree, but the 31-year-old was there to palm the ball away which ensured Bolton grabbed all three points.


Steve Bruce: “It’s a game to do the basics and it’s fair to say they did the basics better than we did. We’ve had a difficult few days in terms of two defeats after a wonderful result against Wolves but that’s what the Championship is.
 

“At the end of the day we’ve given a sloppy goal away, we’ve huffed and puffed, had a few opportunities and had the better chances and couldn’t quite take one. I’m disappointed with our first half showing as we didn’t do enough and unfortunately they’ve paid the price.”


Player ratings


Bolton: Alnwick (8), Flanagan (7), Burke (6), Beevers (6), Taylor (6), Henry (6), Osede (5), Ameobi (7), Pratley (7), Buckley (6), Le Fondre (7)

 

Subs: Vela (6), Robinson (6)

 

Aston Villa: Johnstone (6), Elmohamady (6), Chester (6), Terry (6), Bree (6), Snodgrass (6), Hourihane (4), Bjarnason (5), Grealish (6), Adomah (6), Grabban (5)

 

Subs: Hepburn-Murphy (6), Hogan (6), Davis (N/A)