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Played
April 24, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 32263‎
 
Martin Petrov 62′ (PG)
 
David Ngog 63′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

Three goals in three second-half minutes provide the backdrop to a worrying result for the home side who went ahead and dominated proceedings throughout most of the game

By Mark Fordham at Villa Park

  • Shay Given
    4
    5
    3.00

    Shay Given

    Made a neat save from Ryo Miyaichi midway through the first half but other than that had very little to do in the Aston Villa net.

  • Alan Hutton
    3
    7
    3.00

    Alan Hutton

    Bombed forward with great reckless;ess at times because he was safe in the knowledge that Martin Petrov wouldn’t be tracking him. Limited the Bulgarian to speculative shots and crosses.

  • Stephen Warnock
    8
    4
    3.50

    Stephen Warnock

    Played in an unfamiliar role in the centre of midfield and buzzed around with plenty of energy and endeavour but should have done better with a shot that hit the bar in the first half before opening the scoring for Villa.

  • Carlos Javier Cuéllar
    3
    3
    2.50

    Carlos Javier Cuéllar

    Was a rock in the centre of defence for Villa until he gave away a needless penalty that allowed Bolton back into the game.

  • Eric Lichaj
    4
    3
    3.00

    Eric Lichaj

    Was given a stern examination by Ryo Miyaichi at left-back and came through it fairly unscathed. Was beaten a couple of times down the wing but won his own battles as well.

  • Nathan Baker
    4
    4
    2.50

    Nathan Baker

    Chris Eagles and David Ngog in tandem gave Baker a little bit of trouble as their movement left him out of position on occasion but defended well on the whole.

  • Charles N'Zogbia
    5
    3
    3.00

    Charles N'Zogbia

    Saw surprisingly little of the ball as Villa had plenty of it. Gave Gretar Steinsson troubles when he did see it and had immediate rewards when switching wings as he set up the Warnock goal.

  • Marc Albrighton
    4
    3
    3.00

    Marc Albrighton

    Given great support on the right-hand side by Alan Hutton and combined to give a real tough evening to Sam Ricketts.

  • Chris Herd
    7
    3
    3.00

    Chris Herd

    Really should have scored with a free header in the opening moments of the game but could only place it over. Worked well with Warnock.

  • Emile Heskey
    17
    5
    3.50

    Emile Heskey

    Was a real nuisance all night for Villa. He held the ball up brilliantly and brought his teammates into the game whenever the ball was thrown forward.

  • Andreas Weimann
    3
    5
    3.00

    Andreas Weimann

    Played with plenty of heart and endeavour but as has been his problem in the last few weeks, played with little end product. Found himself offside too often, also.

Substitutions

  • Barry Bannan
    4
    5
    2.50

    Barry Bannan

    Didn't have an impact on the game after replacing the bright Albrighton.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    3
    3
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Couldn't affect the game quite in the same way that Heskey had done previously but that wasn't due to a lack of effort at all.

  • Nathan Delfouneso
    2
    2
    0.00

    Nathan Delfouneso

    Had too much to do in too little time as Bolton closed out the game and he didn't have any chance to show what he can do.

  • Adam Bogdan
    6
    0
    3.00

    Adam Bogdan

    Had very few saves to make in the game despite Villa being the better side for much of the game, which tells the tale of how the home side didn't get the points.

  • Gretar Steinsson
    2
    7
    2.50

    Gretar Steinsson Flop of the Match

    Was lucky that N’Zogbia didn’t see a great deal of the ball because when he did, the Frenchman tore him a new one. Didn’t know whether to stick or twist.

  • Sam Ricketts
    2
    1
    2.50

    Sam Ricketts

    Was treading water when N’Zogbia ran at him and was given a torrid time by the Frenchman when he switched wings.

  • David Wheater
    10
    1
    3.50

    David Wheater Top of the Match

    Wasn’t outmuscled as easily by Heskey was by no means dominant against the former England man and was relieved after the striker was taken off.

  • Tim Ream
    8
    1
    2.50

    Tim Ream

    Was outmuscled by Heskey throughout the evening. He bounced off the former England striker frequently a few times in a poor display.

  • Chris Eagles
    4
    2
    3.50

    Chris Eagles

    Played really well for Bolton this evening, was an outlet for any balls over the top throughout and his trickery help set up Ngog's goal.

  • Martin Petrov
    5
    1
    3.00

    Martin Petrov

    Was a peripheral figure in the game before being presented with his one chance, which he gratefully received.

  • Mark Davies
    3
    1
    3.00

    Mark Davies

    Was the team’s focal point as he has been so often this season and did well to win the penalty which Martin Petrov equalised with.

  • Nigel Reo-Coker
    4
    3
    2.50

    Nigel Reo-Coker

    Wasn’t really noticeable at all in the game. Was neat in possession but couldn’t really impose himself on the game.

  • Ryo Miyaichi
    45
    6
    3.00

    Ryo Miyaichi

    Looked dangerous when on the ball in the first half but was surprisingly taken off at half-time in place of Kevin Davies.

  • David Ngog
    6
    1
    3.00

    David Ngog

    Struggled to make too much of an impact in the game until he was set up by Chris Eagles to slot home the winner.

Substitutions

  • Marcos Alonso
    3
    1
    3.00

    Marcos Alonso

    Was a good outlet on the left-hand side and held the ball up well to frustrate the home side as the game petered out.

  • Kevin Davies
    2
    8
    2.50

    Kevin Davies

    Didn't have a great impact on the game after coming on at half-time and was a little fortunate not to have given away a penalty for a push on Chris Herd.

  • Ivan Klasnic
    6
    1
    2.50

    Ivan Klasnic

    Saw very little of the ball after coming on, but Bolton were defending throughout most of that period.

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