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Game #5046

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Attendance: 38,101


Premier League

5th (+2)

Bolton Wanderers

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa return to winning ways as they pierce a defence five times that is marshalled by two old boys, Gary Cahill and Zat Knight, to climb to fifth in the table after their sixth win in twelve Premier League games.

Aston Villa


Bolton Wanderers

Assist(s) | John Carew | 5โ€™ | 43โ€™ | James Milner | 53โ€™ | 75โ€™ | Steve Sidwell | 72โ€™ |


Ashley Young celebrates his goal as he rips apart Bolton, Saturday, 7 November 2009.



โšฝ | 5โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ashley Young, Assist by John Carew
โšฝ | 43โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Assist by John Carew
๐Ÿฅ… | 45โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Bolton Wanderers), Johan Elmander
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
โšฝ | 53โ€™ Goal, 3-1, John Carew, Assist by James Milner
โšฝ | 72โ€™ Goal, 4-1, James Milner, Assist by Steve Sidwell
โšฝ | 75โ€™ Goal, 5-1, Carlos Cuรฉllar, Assist by James Milner
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, James Milner, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Nigel Reo-Coker, Sub on, Fabian Delph
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Steve Sidwell, Sub on, Craig Gardner ๐Ÿ”ด
๐ŸŸจ | 88โ€™ Booking, Craig Gardner
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 5-1 Bolton Wanderers


Villa take out their frustrations from the unfortunate injury time defeat to West Ham last time out by putting Bolton to the sword at Villa Park as Gary Cahill made his first return. Meanwhile, Craig Gardner made his final appearance for Villa aged 22 before moving on to Birmingham City for a fee of ยฃ3,150,000 in January 2010. Gardner made a total of 81 appearances, 30 as a substitute between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and scoring 6 goals for the club.

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


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


Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #16 |
League Game | #12 |
Manager Game | #154 |
Saturday, 7 November 2009


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 5-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 26 Sep 09, Villa 1-2 Blackburn (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Mark Scholes, Mo Matadar




Bolton Wanderers

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Carlos Cuรฉllar, Nigel Reo-Coker, Luke Young and James Milner replace James Collins, Emile Heskey, Stiliyan Petrov and Habib Bรจye.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.09 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.50 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.08 |


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 Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ |

Bolton Wanderers

GK Jussi Jรครคskelรคinen | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
LB Paul Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Ricardo Gardner | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
CB Gary Cahill (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Zat Knight (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Sam Ricketts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Fabrice Muamba | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Matthew Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tamir Cohen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Chung-yong Lee | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Kevin Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |


๐Ÿ” F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 82โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ”ด | for M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | RB Sam Ricketts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | (RB Grรฉtar Steinsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Tamir Cohen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (CF Johan Elmander | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Ali Al Habsi | ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
CB Andy O'Brien | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Chris Basham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Ivan Klasnic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |


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 : 7/13



Injury | 1 |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


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



M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


Possession F | 57%
Possession A | 43%
Shots F | 19
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 13
Shots on Target A | 9
Corners F | 8
Corners A | 1
Fouls F | 17
Fouls A | 16


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โ€œItโ€™s very pleasing. Itโ€™s great to come to Villa Park.

โ€œThe crowd are right behind us and weโ€™ve started to win here which is very important.

โ€œWeโ€™ve had a tough run on the road since we last won here against Chelsea. The defeat against West Ham was very difficult to take.

โ€œThe players were ready, we got out of the blocks quickly and Iโ€™m really pleased with the performance.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 7 November 2009

*Aston Villa returned to winning ways in style after romping past Bolton in a bruising encounter at Villa Park.*

Ashley Young opened the scoring from close range early on before Gabriel Agbonlahor slammed home a second.

Johan Elmander tapped in to reduce the deficit but a fine individual goal from John Carew made the game safe.

James Milner then slotted home the rebound after missing a penalty and Carlos Cuellar headed his first Villa goal as the hosts totally dominated.

Villa fans had not seen their team win since their 2-1 home victory against Chelsea in mid-October and will be grateful to man-of-the-match Carew for inspiring a dominant display.

The giant Norwegian striker bullied the Bolton defence all afternoon, and had a hand in everything good from Villa in the final third.

The defeat means Bolton are still without a clean sheet in the Premier League this season and ensures Gary Megson still has a lot of work ahead to unravel his sideโ€™s serious defensive frailties.

The visitors had fielded two ex-Villa players in Gary Cahill and Zat Knight at the heart of their defence, with Cahill publicly stating before the game that he intended to prove Martin Oโ€™Neill wrong for selling him.

But his intentions were not realised, as the sheer power of Carew combined with the pace of Young and Milner caused the visiting defence all sorts of problems throughout the game.

The warning signs were there for all to see in the early stages as Villa started the game in ominous fashion - Cuellar forcing Jussi Jaaskelainen into a smart save after only five minutes.

But the visitors failed to learn from their early lapses as Villa moved ahead.

Carew out-muscled Cahill and powered a header at goal and although Jaaskelainen saved well low to his left he could only parry the ball into the path of the advancing Young who smashed high into the net.

Megsonโ€™s side did force their way back into the game - in no small part thanks to tireless efforts from Fabrice Muamba in midfield and Kevin Davies in attack.

Indeed, the Bolton boss deserved credit for his bold decision to replace midfielder Tamir Cohen with striker Elmander midway through the first half - reverting to a more-attacking 4-4-2 formation.

But Cahillโ€™s chances of impressing his former boss were all but ended after a monumental blunder on 43 minutes.

The centre-half attempted to shepherd the ball out of play but reckoned without the might of Carew, who duly brushed aside his opponent and crossed for Agbonlahor to drive through the legs of Jaaskelainen.

Villa were well worth their two-goal lead, but let themselves down by conceding just before the break as Bolton valiantly hit back.

A missed header from Cuellar allowed Cahill to shoot on goal. The ball deflected off a diving Richard Dunne and against the post, allowing Elmander to gleefully tap home.

It was hardly a goal that epitomised the adventurous style of play Megson had asked for before the match, but the Bolton manager will not have cared a jot.

But it was the power of surely the strongest player on the pitch - Carew - that took the game beyond the visitors.

Milner, impressive again on the right, slipped the ball into the feet of the Norwegian who had his back to goal and the close attentions of Knight to contend with.

But the defender was quickly left on his backside as Carew showed amazing strength in turning, before brushing aside the flagging Cahill and drilling home.

That opened the floodgates for the hosts, who quickly moved further ahead.

Davies was penalised for a push on Carew in the box, and although Milnerโ€™s poor spot-kick was saved by Jaaskelainen and the first rebound woefully struck against the post by Steve Sidwell, Milner redeemed himself to finally slot home.

The game was already well won by the time Cuellar back-headed his first Villa goal after another teasing cross from Milner, leaving the hapless Bolton defence, and an increasingly under-pressure Megson, with much to ponder.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œItโ€™s very pleasing. Itโ€™s great to come to Villa Park.

โ€œThe crowd are right behind us and weโ€™ve started to win here which is very important.

โ€œWeโ€™ve had a tough run on the road since we last won here against Chelsea. The defeat against West Ham was very difficult to take.

โ€œThe players were ready, we got out of the blocks quickly and Iโ€™m really pleased with the performance.โ€