Aston Villa 1-2 Bolton
Alex McLeish felt the full fury of Aston Villa's support as his side slumped deeper into trouble near the foot of the Premier League with a home defeat by fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers.
Villa took a deserved lead through Stephen Warnock just after the hour - but Bolton were ahead within three minutes as Martin Petrov equalised from the penalty spot and David Ngog swept home a second almost immediately.
McLeish's side had impressed in the first half without getting the reward they deserved but the atmosphere inside Villa Park turned sour, and firmly against the manager, in the closing moments, as they chased the equaliser in vain.
Chants of "sack McLeish" - and worse - rained down on the Scot and he was subjected to a torrent of criticism as he made his way down the touchline from the technical area to the tunnel after the final whistle.
Now the man who tasted relegation at Villa's arch-rivals Birmingham last season before moving across the city in the summer faces another battle for survival after a dismal run of only one win in 13 league games.
The result leaves Villa with only four league wins at home this season and means they are just three points above the relegation zone.
Aston Villa run-in
West Brom (a)
Bolton's emotions contrasted sharply, as they saw their hopes of Premier survival lifted by this crucial victory.
Emile Heskey was restored to the hosts' attack with Gabriel Agbonlahor injured - and he was at the heart of their first-half domination, without being able to put the finishing touch to the pressure.
Chris Herd headed over inside two minutes before Heskey found space in the area only to fail to find the target. The former England striker also forced two saves out of Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan.
Wanderers' biggest escape came when Villa again created space in the box, only for Warnock to strike a rising effort against the bar with Bogdan beaten.
Away from the action, Villa Park twice rose in applause in the sixth and 19th minutes for Bolton's Fabrice Muamba, who is recovering after a cardiac arrest, and Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, who has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.
The feelings were not quite as warm in the technical area when there was an angry face-to-face confrontation between Bolton manager Owen Coyle and Villa coach Kevin MacDonald after a feisty exchange of challenges near the touchline.
Coyle, clearly concerned about his side's lack of attacking impetus, made a change at the interval by sending on the experienced Kevin Davies for Ryo Miyaichi. It was to prove an influential substitution.
Villa keeper Shay Given was finally tested nine minutes into the second half when he collected Chris Eagles' free-kick at the second attempt.
Bolton Wanderers run-in
West Brom (h)
Villa finally got the lead they merited on the hour - but it was only the signal for a remarkable turnaround that ended with Bolton protecting an unlikely lead.
Charles N'Zogbia had been a real threat on occasions and he set up Warnock for a sliding finish from 12 yards as Villa at last provided the end product to match their approach work.
As the home fans celebrated, Bolton drew level, Petrov scoring from the spot after Mark Davies was pulled down by Carlos Cuellar.
There was worse to come for Villa as Eagles then weaved his way into the area for Ngog to bury a low and powerful finish beyond Given.
The landscape of the game had altered completely and, with 20 minutes left, McLeish introduced Agbonlahor, who had been struggling with a shoulder injury in the build-up to the game, for Heskey.
It was to no avail and, as it became increasingly obvious that this was a losing cause, the Villa fans turned their anger on McLeish.
- 01 Given
- 02 Hutton
- 03 Warnock
- 24 Cuellar
- 30 Lichaj Booked
- 32 Baker
- 10 N'Zogbia
- 12 Albrighton (Bannan - 77' )
- 31 Herd (Delfouneso - 88' )
- 18 Heskey (Agbonlahor - 70' )
- 26 Weimann
- 22 Guzan
- 21 Clark
- 25 Bannan
- 38 Gardner
- 40 Carruthers
- 11 Agbonlahor
- 14 Delfouneso
- 01 Bogdan
- 02 Steinsson
- 18 Ricketts Booked
- 31 Wheater
- 32 Ream Booked
- 07 Eagles (Alonso - 86' )
- 10 Petrov
- 16 M Davies
- 19 Reo-Coker
- 24 Ngog (Klasnic - 72' )
- 30 Miyaichi (K Davies - 46' )
- 22 Jaaskelainen
- 03 Alonso
- 12 Knight
- 37 Vela
- 14 K Davies
- 17 Klasnic
- 29 Sordell
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.90:00 +4:12
Barry Bannan has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.90:00 +3:54
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Davies on Alan Hutton. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.90:00 +1:39
Corner taken by Barry Bannan from the left by-line played to the near post, Headed effort from inside the area by Gabriel Agbonlahor misses to the left of the goal.90:00 +1:15
The ball is sent over by Barry Bannan, clearance made by Mark Davies.90:00 +0:20 Booking
Booking Eric Lichaj receives a caution for dissent.89:54
Corner taken short by Marcos Alonso.89:44
The ball is sent over by Marcos Alonso, Charles N'Zogbia gets a block in.88:47
Marcos Alonso decides to take the corner short.87:35 Substitution
Substitution Chris Herd leaves the field to be replaced by Nathan Delfouneso.85:28 Substitution
Substitution Marcos Alonso comes on in place of Chris Eagles.84:10
Centre by Charles N'Zogbia.83:44
A cross is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance by Tim Ream.83:22
Chris Eagles produces a cross, Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.82:43
The ball is crossed by Chris Eagles.80:50
Corner taken by Barry Bannan played to the near post, Gretar Rafn Steinsson makes a clearance.80:18
Mark Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Warnock. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Bannan from left channel, clearance made by David Wheater.79:45
Barry Bannan takes the outswinging corner, clearance by David Wheater.79:40
Charles N'Zogbia delivers the ball, clearance made by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.77:44
Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Cuellar on Kevin Davies. Tim Ream takes the free kick.
Substitution Marc Albrighton goes off and Barry Bannan comes on.74:09
Gretar Rafn Steinsson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Shay Given.73:08
Alan Hutton fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Alan Hutton, clearance made by David Wheater.72:26 Booking
Booking The referee books Tim Ream for dissent.72:15
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.71:11 Substitution
Substitution David Ngog goes off and Ivan Klasnic comes on.69:43
Stephen Warnock delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.69:43 Substitution
Substitution Gabriel Agbonlahor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emile Heskey.69:43
Foul by Samuel Ricketts on Charles N'Zogbia, free kick awarded.67:08
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Davies on Emile Heskey. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.65:01
Outswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the left by-line.64:48
Outswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Alan Hutton.64:29
Martin Petrov delivers the ball, Chris Eagles takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Herd.62:58
Assist on the goal came from Chris Eagles.62:58 Goal scored
Goal! - David Ngog - A Villa 1 - 2 Bolton Goal scored by David Ngog from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 1-2 Bolton.61:54
Assist by Mark Davies.61:54 Goal scored
Goal! - Martin Petrov - A Villa 1 - 1 Bolton Power penalty scored by Martin Petrov. Aston Villa 1-1 Bolton.61:27
Penalty awarded for a foul by Carlos Cuellar on Mark Davies.60:15
The ball is crossed by Charles N'Zogbia,60:13
The assist for the goal came from Charles N'Zogbia.60:13 Goal scored
Goal! - Stephen Warnock - A Villa 1 - 0 Bolton A goal is scored by Stephen Warnock from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Bolton.59:47
Marc Albrighton fouled by David Ngog, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.58:51
Chris Eagles crosses the ball, save by Shay Given.58:13
Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line, clearance made by Emile Heskey.56:32
Charles N'Zogbia takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.56:27
The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Samuel Ricketts.55:00
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Alan Hutton. Stephen Warnock takes the indirect free kick.54:49
Samuel Ricketts takes a shot. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.53:49
Kevin Davies fouled by Stephen Warnock, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Chris Eagles from the free kick, save made by Shay Given.53:05
Corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Adam Bogdan.52:58
The ball is sent over by Charles N'Zogbia, Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.52:52
The ball is crossed by Marc Albrighton.52:28
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.51:26
The ball is crossed by Stephen Warnock, Header on goal by Carlos Cuellar from just inside the area goes over the target.50:49
Corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line.49:58
Martin Petrov delivers the ball, Mark Davies takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.49:15
The official flags Emile Heskey offside. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.48:21
Mark Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.46:24
The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov, blocked by Chris Herd.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Kevin Davies on for Ryo Miyaichi.45:00 +1:09 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.45:00 +0:26
David Ngog gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Cuellar. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.43:35
David Wheater challenges Emile Heskey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charles N'Zogbia has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.42:52
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Marc Albrighton gets a block in.41:25
David Ngog challenges Chris Herd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.40:49
Free kick awarded for a foul by Emile Heskey on Tim Ream. David Wheater takes the indirect free kick.40:08
The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov.39:38
Chris Herd takes a shot. Blocked by David Wheater.39:31
Short corner taken by Marc Albrighton.38:01
Stephen Warnock concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Petrov. Tim Ream restarts play with the free kick.36:56
The ball is swung over by Alan Hutton, Stephen Warnock takes a shot.35:33
Charles N'Zogbia delivers the ball, Header from close in by Emile Heskey misses to the left of the goal.34:49
Carlos Cuellar takes the direct free kick.34:49 Booking
Booking Booking for Samuel Ricketts for unsporting behaviour.34:41
Unfair challenge on Marc Albrighton by Samuel Ricketts results in a free kick.33:45
Emile Heskey takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.33:11
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.32:37
Charles N'Zogbia produces a cross, Tim Ream manages to make a clearance.31:36
Ryo Miyaichi takes a shot. Comfortable save by Shay Given.29:50
Unfair challenge on Ryo Miyaichi by Eric Lichaj results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Martin Petrov from right wing, Eric Lichaj makes a clearance.28:42
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Warnock on Chris Eagles. Tim Ream restarts play with the free kick.28:16
The assistant referee signals for offside against Emile Heskey. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.27:01
The offside flag is raised against Andreas Weimann. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.26:36
Unfair challenge on Eric Lichaj by Chris Eagles results in a free kick. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.26:00
The offside flag is raised against Ryo Miyaichi. Free kick taken by Shay Given.23:29
Martin Petrov takes a shot. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.22:27
The offside flag is raised against Andreas Weimann. David Wheater restarts play with the free kick.21:36
Shot by Emile Heskey. Comfortable save by Adam Bogdan.21:25
Centre by Andreas Weimann, Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.21:08
Chris Eagles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.20:38
Emile Heskey is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.20:06
Marc Albrighton crosses the ball.19:52
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Tim Ream gets a block in.19:05
Corner taken right-footed by Ryo Miyaichi, Eric Lichaj manages to make a clearance. The ball is sent over by Ryo Miyaichi, clearance by Marc Albrighton.17:41
Shot by Chris Eagles from a long way out goes over the net.17:12
Martin Petrov is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.16:31
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Herd on Mark Davies. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.14:31
Mark Davies takes a shot. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.14:26
The ball is swung over by Ryo Miyaichi, clearance made by Alan Hutton.14:06
David Ngog takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.13:04
Corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line to the near post, Nathan Baker produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.12:55
Centre by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Tim Ream.12:04
Chris Herd sends in a cross.9:50
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by David Ngog. Charles N'Zogbia delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.6:51
The referee blows for offside against Andreas Weimann. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.6:27
Ryo Miyaichi delivers the ball, Shay Given makes a comfortable save.5:36
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Warnock on Ryo Miyaichi. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the free kick.5:15
Chris Herd delivers the ball, Martin Petrov manages to make a clearance.3:24
The ball is swung over by Charles N'Zogbia, Header on goal by Andreas Weimann from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.2:20
Mark Davies challenges Chris Herd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.1:48
Effort from deep inside the area by Emile Heskey clears the bar.0:31
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line, Chris Herd has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.0:21
The ball is delivered by Marc Albrighton, Samuel Ricketts gets a block in.0:00
The game gets underway.
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