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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′
Top of the Match
David Wheater
David Wheater
Bolton Wanderers
Ryo Miyaichi
Ryo Miyaichi
Bolton Wanderers
Flop of the Match
Gretar Steinsson
Gretar Steinsson
Bolton Wanderers
Alex McLeish
Alex McLeish
Aston Villa

Aston Villa 1-2 Bolton: Priceless Ngog winner settles relegation scrap after dramatic spell of three goals in as many minutes

Owen Coyle's men claimed a crucial three points in their fight against relegation after goals from Martin Petrov and David Ngog sealed victory against Alex McLeish's side

By James Burford

EPL: David Ngog - Gretar Steinsson, Aston Villa v Bolton
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Bolton took a gigantic step towards maintaining their Premier League status with a 2-1 win against a spirited Aston Villa side at Villa Park.

Stephen Warnock put the Villans ahead, after fantastic work from Charles N’Zogbia. But the goal sparked a Bolton extravaganza, with Petrov hammering a penalty past Shay Given and David Ngog hitting a priceless winner barely a minute later.

Having failed to hit the back of the net since August, Emile Heskey stepped in for the benched Gabriel Agbonlahor, who is believed to be nursing a shoulder injury. Chris Herd was preferred to Barry Bannan in midfield and youngster Andreas Weimann retained his starting position in attack.

Owen Coyle made one change from the team that drew 1-1 with Swansea City last time out, with Ngog starting upfront in place of Kevin Davies. Ryo Miyaichi kept his place in the team after an impressive run of form, with Nigel Reo-Coker playing against his former club.

Villa made an electric start to the match, with Chris Herd heading skimming the bar from an early corner, followed by Heskey blazing high and wide after a poor Bolton clearance.

But the big English striker soon began to find his feet and provide some spectacular link-up play with Weimann.

And the England international continued to impress, but lacked a clinical touch when firing straight at Bogan twice.

As Bolton started to work their way into the game with some neat passing play involving Chris Eagles and Mark Davies, standing ovations broke out for Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba following his recovery from a cardiac arrest, and then for Villain Stiliyan Petrov, who is battling acute leukaemia.

But Villa soon found their feet again, with Warnock smashing the crossbar from a full 25-yards out, with Bogdan rooted. Before N’Zogbia hit the side netting from a 30-yard free kick.

The half-time break seemed to invigorate Bolton, who quickly found their feet at the start of the second period, with Kevin Davies looping a header back across goal following an Eagles freekick. Ngog was inches away from tapping home.

Eagles continued to drag Bolton through the game, as the midfielder attempted an audacious 40-yard freekick, which Given had to do well to save.

However, despite looking under the kock, Villa took the lead on the hour mark. N’Zogbia dribbled past Steinsson and unleashed a low cross towards the on-rushing Warnock, who buried a powerful shot past Bogdan.

Bolton’s response was instant. Carlos Cuellar was adjudged to have brought down Mark Davies in the box and Martin Petrov stepped up to smash the resulting penalty past Given

And if their goal didn’t come quickly enough, Bolton took the lead straight afterwards. Eagles ghosted into the penalty area, and showed incredible composure to pick out the open Ngog, who could not miss.

A stunned Villa tried to fight their way back into the game, enjoying some more possession high up the pitch, with Cuellar inexplicably choosing to head the ball goalwards from 15 yards when the Spaniard had the time to pick a volley.

And Bolton started to feel the pressure, as N’Zogbia led the charge with some mazy dribbles on each flank, following a succession of dangerous corners.

The Villa supporters erupted in unison after Weimann played the ball onto a Bolton arm inside the area but referee Chris Foy quickly moved to quash any appeals, with the final whistle ringing out soon after.

The result leaves Bolton only three points behind Villa, who have played one game more.

 

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Aston Villa

31
Shay Given
Goalkeeper
3.00
6
Alan Hutton
Defender
3.00
13
Stephen Warnock
Defender
61′
3.50
24
2.50
43
Eric Lichaj
Defender
91′
3.00
2
Nathan Baker
Defender
2.50
-
Charles N'Zogbia
Midfielder
61′
3.00
12
Marc Albrighton
Midfielder
77′
3.00
17
Chris Herd
Midfielder
88′
3.00
-
Emile Heskey
Striker
71′
3.50
10
3.00

Bolton Wanderers

3.00
1
Adam Bogdan
Goalkeeper
2.50
-
2.50
18
3.50
31
2.50
5
Tim Ream
Defender
74′
3.50
7
Chris Eagles
Midfielder
63′ 86′
3.00
17
Martin Petrov
Midfielder
62′
3.00
16
Mark Davies
Midfielder
62′
2.50
20
3.00
31
3.00
54
David Ngog
Striker
63′ 72′

Substitutes

1
Bradley Guzan
Goalkeeper
0.00
6
0.00
46
Barry Bannan
Midfielder
77′
2.50
22
Gary Gardner
Midfielder
0.00
40
0.00
11
3.00
14
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
22
3.00
28
0.00
12
Zat Knight
Defender
0.00
37
Joshua Vela
Midfielder
2.50
14
2.50
17
0.00
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0.00

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