Bolton 1 Aston Villa 2: Albrighton and Petrov grab the goals in first away win of season

Marc Albrighton and Stiliyan Petrov produced the vital goals to deliver Villa’s first away win of the season, but Ivan Klasnic was able to prevent Brad Guzan earning a clean sheet on his first Premiership start.

It was a much improved performance during the first half, and fans crying out for a 4-4-2 system will be quick to point out that was the case today with Marc Albrighton on the right and Charles N’Zogbia on the left. However, it has to

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Confirmed Teamsheets: Bolton vs Aston Villa

With Shay Given out for a month, Brad Guzan gets his first Premier League start, and it’s also emerged this week that the American is in contract discussions with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season. Jermaine Jenas is out for the season, and with the club apparently on the hook for his wages the less said about that the better.

It looks like it’s a straightforward 4-4-2 from McLeish this week, and with Herd providing

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Zonal marking or man marking? All eight Bolton corners reviewed

The debate surrounding the pros and cons of zonal marking versus man marking at set pieces will doubtless rage on, but most of the big teams will continue to use a combination regardless. Indeed, the argument about what constitutes zonal rather than man marking will be no more likely to reach consensus any time soon.

All of that is outside the scope of this post, I’m simply going to go through each of Bolton’s eight corners and translate what I saw

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Bolton 3 Aston Villa 2: Chances squandered, set piece achilles exploited

The mid-week gamble has backfired, the repercussions are obvious. Three goals conceded at set pieces, or second phase set piece, missed chances at the other end, including a sitter or two for Darren Bent and an Ashley Young penalty saved.

Bent should have opened the scoring inside the first five minutes after being sent through brilliantly by Young, but he wasn’t able to dig the ball out from under his own feet and Jaaskelainen snuffed out the chance before he could

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Teamsheets: Bolton vs Aston Villa

After Manchester, Gerard Houllier names a full strength team today. Luke Young rejoins the team, filling in at left centre back, Fabian Delph retains his place and will partner Reo-Coker in the middle.

Aston Villa

Jussi Jaaskelainen

Brad Friedel

Gretar Rafn Steinsson

Kyle Walker

David Wheater

Nathan Baker

Gary Cahill

Ciaran Clark

Paul Robinson

Luke Young

Kevin Davies

Stewart Downing

Stuart Holden

Nigel Reo-Coker

Fabrice Muamba

Fabian Delph

Martin Petrov

Marc Albrighton

Daniel Sturridge

Ashley Young

Johan Elmander

Darren Bent



Adam Bogdan
Andy Marshall


Ivan Klasnic
Robert Pires


Matthew Taylor
Stiliyan Petrov


Lee Chung-Yong
Chris Herd


Mark Davies
Michael Bradley


Emile Heskey


Marcos Alonso
Gabriel Agbonlahor

Statshack – Bolton 0 Aston Villa 1

This doesn’t require a great deal of narrative, it was never going to be a classic. The statistics reflect a very even affair and, though it may be easy to claim after the event, I really don’t think that Villa did much more than was required.

Young’s 11th minute goal is worthy of mention beyond the merits of being the game’s only goal. It was a very fitting finale to a series of 6 or 7 shorts passes in

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Bolton 0 Aston Villa 1

Aston Villa bounced back from last weekend’s trouncing at Stamford Bridge with a functional, if not awe-inspiring, 1-0 victory over Bolton at the Reebok today. Ashley Young’s fine goal in the 11th minute turned out to be the winner and quite fitting too.

In truth, Villa looked to be keeping plenty in reserve and against a Bolton side who had little to offer besides endlessly peppering the box with lofted crosses and throw-ins, it was never necessary to do much

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Looking Back – March 29th 2008

There’s one period in our recent history that I refer to frequently, so I thought I’d recount it in more detail and then I can put it to bed. Or just link to it!

So if you’re sitting comfortably, I shall begin…

Our tale begins in late March 2008, it had been an extremely poor month for Aston Villa and we still had to go to Old Trafford to play an on form Man Utd side spearheaded by Rooney and Tevez,

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The Longest Week

It’s not easy to simply forget about that horrendous result at the weekend and move on, especially as a fresh wave of headlines roll in this Monday, but that’s pretty much what we have to do. Conceding 7 goals for the first time in 46 years during a season in which we were able to boast the meanest defence in the league is clearly a complete aberration, there’s no credible argument to the contrary. That doesn’t make it

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