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Bolton 0-2 Aston Villa: Wanderers relegated from Championship as Villa equal club record

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish
Villa captain Jack Grealish returned after illness to claim his sixth goal of the season

Bolton have been relegated from the Championship following a home defeat by Aston Villa.

Second-half goals by Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham gave Villa a club record-equalling ninth straight win and sent Bolton into League One.

Wanderers are set to be sold to former Watford owner Laurence Bassini after a season of financial woes.

But they will begin next season in the third tier after a 14th defeat in 18 games.

Bolton, who are 11 points behind fourth-bottom Millwall, are the second team to be relegated from the Championship after Ipswich.

They are heading to League One for the second time in the seven years since they fell out of the Premier League.

Speaking after the match, Trotters boss Phil Parkinson challenged his side to "come back stronger".

The latest defeat was their fourth in a row with players still awaiting their March wages as Bassini waits to complete the takeover from current owner Ken Anderson.

Villa had the early chances with Anwar El Ghazi firing wide from a Grealish cross before John McGinn had an effort cleared off the line by Harry Brockbank.

Bolton then lost both captain David Wheater and veteran midfielder Gary O'Neil to injury before half-time.

Villa claimed the lead just two minutes into the second half when Abraham crossed to the far post for Grealish to head home.

Ten minutes later Grealish returned the favour, collecting a pass by McGinn and setting up Abraham to head home and become the first Villa player to score 25 league goals in a season since Andy Gray in 1976-77.

Ahead of Monday's home game with Millwall, victory also equalled Villa's club record of nine successive wins, set in 1910.

It leaves them in fifth, four points behind West Bromwich Albion and six points clear of seventh place in the race for play-off spots.

To compound Bolton's misery, they set a new club record of 27 league defeats in a season.

Phil Parkinson
Phil Parkinson's Bolton have won just four times in 2019

A year of misery for the Trotters

Since keeping their Championship status after beating Nottingham Forest on the final day of last season, things have not been easy on or off the pitch for Wanderers.

Players went on strike during pre-season over unpaid wages and bonuses, while in September the club avoided administration after receiving a £5m loan from former owner Eddie Davies a few days before his death to pay off outstanding debt.

The Professional Footballers' Association stepped in to help pay for November and December's wages, while the players have called for the PFA's assistance again as February's salaries were paid late and March wages are still to be paid, three weeks after they were due.

They also held a 48-hour strike earlier this month on behalf of non-playing staff in a protest over unpaid wages, while home games against Ipswich and Middlesbrough were almost postponed because of safety concerns.

After Bolton were handed a registration embargo in January, owner Anderson became embroiled in a spat with Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince over the collapsed transfer of striker Christian Doidge.

Fans went on to hold a protest against Anderson and his running of the club before and during their home defeat by West Bromwich Albion in January while a consortium attempting to take over the club, backed by Parminder Basran and Sharon Brittan, collapsed in March.

In addition, the club has twice appeared in the High Court after being issued with a winding-up petition by HM Revenue & Customs and are due to appear again on 8 May having been granted an adjournment.

It was announced on Wednesday that Bassini had agreed a deal buy the club. However, their result against Villa ensured the club's two-season stay in the Championship ended.

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson:

"The club now has to regroup, bounce back with a new owner which I think is great news for the club.

"This is a tremendous football club that has been in the news for all the wrong reasons too many times.

"From here on in Bolton has got to start building back its credibility in the football world and improving its image."

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith:

"No living person will have seen the last run [Villa's joint club record nine straight wins, from October to December 1910] so I am proud of the players.

"Now we have to go all out and try and break the record against Millwall on Monday. We are very motivated to keep the run going. You could see that from the players.

"We have three regular league games to go so hopefully we can have a winning end to the season."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 36Brockbank
  • 31WheaterSubstituted forBeeversat 36'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 14Hobbs
  • 3Taylor
  • 19O'NeilSubstituted forMagennisat 45'minutes
  • 21Williams
  • 48Connell
  • 11Buckley
  • 17ConnollyBooked at 79mins
  • 8DonaldsonSubstituted forOztumerat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Beevers
  • 6Vela
  • 7Oztumer
  • 16Olkowski
  • 27Williams
  • 28Magennis
  • 30Wildschut

Aston Villa

  • 12Steer
  • 27El MohamadyBooked at 17mins
  • 4TuanzebeSubstituted forJedinakat 74'minutes
  • 40Mings
  • 3Taylor
  • 6Whelan
  • 37Adomah
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forHourihaneat 72'minutes
  • 10Grealish
  • 22El Ghazi
  • 18AbrahamSubstituted forDavisat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lansbury
  • 14Hourihane
  • 15Jedinak
  • 17Davis
  • 19Green
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 33Sarkic
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
17,344

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home6
Away21
Shots on Target
Home1
Away9
Corners
Home2
Away16
Fouls
Home16
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Aston Villa 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Aston Villa 2.

Attempt missed. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Conor Hourihane following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

Attempt missed. Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Erhun Oztumer.

Attempt missed. Luca Connell (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Erhun Oztumer.

Attempt saved. Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Callum Connolly.

Attempt blocked. Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Erhun Oztumer.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anwar El Ghazi.

Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Erhun Oztumer replaces Clayton Donaldson.

Foul by Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa).

Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt blocked. Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anwar El Ghazi with a cross.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Mile Jedinak replaces Axel Tuanzebe because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Connolly.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Conor Hourihane replaces John McGinn.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Keinan Davis.

Attempt blocked. Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa).

William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyrone Mings.

Booking

Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich432512687533487
2Sheff Utd432410971393282
3Leeds432571170442682
4West Brom4322101184582676
5Aston Villa431915979582172
6Middlesbrough431813124536967
7Bristol City421812125647966
8Derby421713126152964
9Preston431612156459560
10Hull43179176362160
11Sheff Wed431515135457-360
12Swansea42178175957259
13Nottm Forest431415145654257
14Blackburn431511175965-656
15Brentford431413166759855
16Stoke431119134148-752
17QPR43139215167-1648
18Birmingham431317136056447
19Reading431015184864-1645
20Wigan431112204763-1645
21Millwall421013194760-1343
22Rotherham43816194976-2740
23Bolton4388272974-4532
24Ipswich43416233372-3928
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