Game #5179

Season | 2011-12 |

Matchday | #9 |
Manager Game | #9 |
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
League Cup | 3rd Round | Home | Bolton Wanderers | Villa Park | 22,261 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Alex McLeish | 

KO | 19.45 |
Referee | Darren Deadman | 
HT Score | 0-0 |

FT Score | 0-2 |
FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WDDDL | 

Line Up |

GK Shay Given |
RB Alan Hutton |
LB Stephen Warnock |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB James Collins |
M Barry Bannan |
BOOKED | 86' |
M Stephen Ireland |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
W Marc Albrighton |
SUB OFF | 73' |
F Nathan Delfouneso |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor |

Substitutes |

W Charles N’Zogbia for W Marc Albrighton | 73’ |

Unused Substitutes |

GK Brad Guzan
M Fabian Delph
RB Habib Beye
RB Shane Lowry
F Graham Burke
M Gary Gardner

Cards |

 Yellow | Barry Bannan | 86’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.16 | 

Oldest Player | GK Shay Given | 35.44 |

Youngest Player | F Nathan Delfouneso | 20.64 |

Unavailable |

Injury |

CB Carlos Cuéllar |

CF Emile Heskey |

F Darren Bent | 

Loaned Out |

F Andreas Weimann | Watford | 26 August 2011 to 23 September 2011 | 

M Jean Makoun | Olympiacos Piraeus | 28 August 2011 to 30 June 2012 | 

Match Report


The Telegraph

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Alex McLeish succeeded in ending a lengthy search for silverware in the blue half of Birmingham last season, however his first attempt at doing the same for Aston Villa ended in failure last.

Second-half goals from Chris Eagles and Gael Kakuta in the Carling Cup third-round tie handed Bolton Wanderers victory to hand Owen Coyle a welcome victory.

For Scottish counterpart McLeish, however, the defeat, his first as Villa manager, came as a significant setback having ended bitter rivals Birmingham City’s 48-year wait for a trophy by winning the competition last season.

It took his team until the 87th minute to register an attempt on target, prompting ironic cheers from the home supporters, followed by boos at the final whistle.

McLeish, who took an hour to emerge from the dressing room to complete his media duties, said: “Bolton deserved their victory. There were a few words but it wasn’t a shouting match and I wanted to hear the views of a couple of the more experienced players. It was constructive.

“We know we’re not Manchester United but we’re blooding young players and trying to fast-track them to do well in the league and cups.”

It was the visitors, beaten in their previous four Premier League games, who enjoyed the better of the slim pickings on offer in an insipid first half. David Wheater came closest when his header from an Eagles corner clipped the edge of the right post.

Villa, waiting for a major trophy since 1996, lacked impetus and ideas and Wanderers’ 54th-minute goal came as no huge surprise.

Villa winger Marc Albrighton was culpable for inadvertently diverting Gretar Steinsson’s raking crossfield into Eagles’ path, yet he still had much to do, cutting inside from the left before unleashing a 20-yard thunderbolt into the top corner.

Then, with 12 minutes remaining, Kakuta made certain when he drilled low into the bottom corner from inside the area from a Kevin Davies knock-down.

Coyle, who made nine changes as opposed to McLeish’s three including a first appearance for Stuart Holden since rupturing knee ligaments in March, said: “We looked a threat all night against quality defenders.

“There is no doubt a few have put themselves in contention for Arsenal on Saturday.”