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Game #5026

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Attendance: 21,709


Premier League

5th (-)

Bolton Wanderers

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Reebok Stadium

Villa draw for the third successive game and are now without a win in the last twelve games having been unbeaten, winning nine in the previous thirteen before Martin O'Neill's Moscow surrender. As spectacular as it was undeniable, the failure of O'Neill's strategy meant Villa were now competing for their second sixth place finish in succession, welcome but in the context of the first seven months of the campaign it could have been so much more.

Bolton Wanderers


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Emile Heskey | 43โ€™ |


Ashley Young, opening goal cancelled out




๐ŸŸจ | 35โ€™ Booking, Gareth Barry
โšฝ | 43โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ashley Young, Assist by Emile Heskey
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 60โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Bolton Wanderers), Tamir Cohen
๐Ÿ” | 76โ€™ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Aston Villa


Villa are now three games unbeaten but are yet to win however a draw is enough to keep them in fifth place.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Bolton Wanderers

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1957-58


Bolton Wanderers

Previous 5 vs. Bolton: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 2008-09 |
Matchday | #51 |
League Game | #34 |
Manager Game | #134 |
Saturday, 25 April 2009


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Lee Probert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2003-2019
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Referee: Lee Probert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2003-2019
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 13 Dec 08, Villa 4-2 Bolton (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Andy Newbold, Nigel Bannister




Bolton Wanderers


Lee Probert


Zat Knight replaces Luke Young.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.46 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 37.96 |

Youngest Player |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.32 |



Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Gary Megson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |

Bolton Wanderers

GK Jussi Jรครคskelรคinen | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
LB Jlloyd Samuel (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Gary Cahill (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Andrew Oโ€™Brien | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Grรฉtar Steinsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Fabrice Muamba | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Matthew Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gavin McCann (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tamir Cohen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Johan Elmander | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Kevin Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ” F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 76โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | CB Andrew Oโ€™Brien | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (CB Sรฉbastien Puygrenier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | M Tamir Cohen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (CB Chris Basham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Ali Al Habsi | ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
CB Nicky Hunt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Riga Mustapha | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Ariza Makukula | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Ebi Smolarek | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |


1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/18
Homegrown: 5/18



Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/13



Not recorded


Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 54%
Possession A | 46%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 15


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"In terms of the elusive win I hope it is just around the corner. Overall I have been delighted with the team and on the whole we are playing pretty well.

"It was disappointing to concede the goal but we have gained a point on Everton and retained fifth spot. By league table definition it means we have improved on last season.

"We have not been out of the top six all season. It is hard to break through into the top four but we gave it a go.

"There is a morsel of disappointment we could not sustain it but that is the way it happens sometimes."

Martin O'Neill.

*Sky Sports*
Saturday, 25 April 2009

*Villa held by Trotters*

Bolton secured a much-needed point in their bid for survival in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

Tamir Cohenโ€™s second-half strike cancelled out Ashley Youngโ€™s opening period effort to hand the Trotters a valuable point in their quest for Premier League safety.

Bolton bossed the opening stages of the match, only for Villa to dominate proceedings and Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s side grabbed the opener after Young unintentionally scored his first goal in 18 games with a cross-cum shot which struck the post before going in.

The hosts came out of the blocks the better in the second-half and were duly rewarded when Cohen slotted home from close range from Andrew Oโ€™Brienโ€™s knock-down.

Gary Megsonโ€™s side are now seven points ahead of third-bottom Middlesbrough, while Villaโ€™s hopes of a fifth-place finish took another stumble.

*Bright start*

The game commenced with a bright start by Bolton when Matt Taylor sent a header into Brad Friedelโ€™s arms following a cross from Gretar Steinsson in the fourth minute.

They kept up the pressure and Gavin McCann tried to pick out Kevin Davies with an inswinging free-kick nine minutes later only for the ball to drift past the post.

Play switched back down the other end and James Milner latched on to a clever pass from John Carew in the 21st minute, only to see his effort blocked by the alert Cohen.

Jaaskelainen had to be on his toes two minutes later to collect a free-kick from Milner that evaded the wall.

Bolton should have taken the lead in the 31st minute after Davies and Taylor combined in a swift counter-attack.

Taylor delivered the ball into the path of Fabrice Muamba but the ball got stuck under his feet in the six-yard area.

The visitors then won a free-kick 20 yards out in the 38th minute and Petrov played it short to Young.

However, the winger failed to trouble Jaaskelainen, his effort going wide of the post.

It was an open game and Davies tested Friedel with a close-range header in the 42nd minute.

*Fortunate breakthrough*

Young, however, got a lift a minute later when he made the breakthrough for Villa.

He curled in a shot for just outside the area and it went in off the post with Jaaskelainen seemingly distracted by the presence of Carew as the ball came in.

It was his first goal of the year and his last one came curiously enough against Bolton in December.

The home side responded a minute into the second half when Davies saw his shot go narrowly wide of the post following a knockdown by Johan Elmander after a cross from Taylor.

However Young was growing in confidence and rattled in a shot in the 53rd minute that Jaaskelainen did well to parry.

Young was given too much room five minutes later and delivered a cross into the area that was booted clear by Jaaskelainen.

Bolton, however, drew level in the 59th minute with Cohen smashing the ball home from close range after Davies and then Oโ€™Brien got on the end of a free-kick from Taylor.

Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill looked disconsolate on the touchline after seeing his side failed to clear their lines.

Bolton then had appeals for a penalty waved away when Cohen was bundled over by Gareth Barry after breaching the defence.

It was now Villaโ€™s turn to look vulnerable with the home supporters finding their voice.

Carew, however, tried his luck from distance in the 77th minute but his instinctive effort went narrowly wide of the post.

Bolton hit back and Davies peeled away from his marker four minutes later when McCann delivered the free-kick only to see his header go across the face of the area.

Carew nearly scored the winner in the 85th minute when he got on the end of a cross from Nicky Shorey but Jaaskelainen reacted superbly to tip his effort over the bar.