Jonathan Kodjia’s first goal of 2017-18 saw Aston Villa beat Bolton and secure their fourth-straight league win.Kodjia scored the only goal of the game from the spot after being brought down in the box by Mark Beevers.Kodjia then headed over soon after while Bolton went close to equalising late on when Glenn Whelan cleared Gary Madine’s header off the line.
Villa’s Neil Taylor was sent off for a foul on Adam Le Fondre late on, while Bolton are winless in 11 games.Relive Saturday’s EFL actionThe victory means seventh-placed Villa are now unbeaten in their last eight league games.Bolton, who were promoted from League One last season, have now lost eight consecutive games in the Championship having failed to score in their last seven. It is in fact Wanderers’ worst start to a season in 115 years.After a quiet first half an hour from the hosts, Kodjia wasted a clear chance to open the scoring when he fired wide with only the keeper to beat.But he made amends soon after by firing past Mark Howard after being awarded a penalty.John Terry went close to making the result more comfortable for the hosts but failed to properly connect with Robert Snodgrass’s free-kick.Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce: “It was a difficult afternoon. Bolton have good experience and of course they have had a difficult start and are fighting for their lives.”I thought Karl Henry and Darren Pratley were diligent for Bolton. They tried to stop the supply and made it what it was basically in the end which was ugly.”My experience with the Championship is that there are going to be lots of occasions like this game. Whoever we play it is not going to be easy particularly at Villa Park.”Bolton boss Phil Parkinson: “We played a team which has spent a lot of money and we took them very close.”We are working our socks off. There is great honesty among players. They are hurting but all we can do is play to the best of our ability.”We had some good chances and the overall performance was very good.”Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsAston Villa1Johnstone27Elmohamady5Chester26Terry3TaylorBooked at 90mins7SnodgrassSubstituted forSambaat 89’minutes6WhelanBooked at 11mins14Hourihane37Adomah39DavisSubstituted forOnomahat 73’minutes22KodjiaSubstituted forHoganat 72’minutesSubstitutes4Samba9Hogan13Steer18Onomah20Bjarnason21Hutton36O’HareBolton33Howard2Little31WheaterBooked at 59mins5BeeversBooked at 68mins3A TaylorSubstituted forRobinsonat 85’minutes24HenryBooked at 90mins10AmeobiSubstituted forNooneat 63’minutes21Pratley8KaracanSubstituted forLe Fondreat 69’minutes20Armstrong14MadineSubstitutes9Le Fondre12Noone15Robinson16Cullen32Burke34King39TurnerReferee:Jeremy SimpsonAttendance:31,451Match StatsHome TeamAston VillaAway TeamBoltonPossessionHome61%Away39%ShotsHome11Away10Shots on TargetHome3Away3CornersHome5Away4FoulsHome15Away15Live TextPosted at Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.Full TimePosted at 90’+6′ Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.Posted at 90’+5′ Attempt blocked. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Noone.DismissalPosted at 90’+4′ Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) is shown the red card.Posted at 90’+4′ Foul by Neil Taylor (Aston Villa).Posted at 90’+4′ Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90’+3′ John Terry (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90’+3′ Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).Posted at 90’+2′ John Terry (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90’+2′ Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers).Posted at 90’+1′ Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.BookingPosted at 90′ Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 90′ Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 90′ Foul by Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers).SubstitutionPosted at 89′ Substitution, Aston Villa. Christopher Samba replaces Robert Snodgrass.Posted at 87′ Foul by Scott Hogan (Aston Villa).Posted at 87′ David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.SubstitutionPosted at 85′ Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Antonee Robinson replaces Andrew Taylor.Posted at 84′ Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.Posted at 84′ Attempt blocked. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross.Posted at 83′ Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Neil Taylor.Posted at 83′ Hand ball by Scott Hogan (Aston Villa).Posted at 82′ Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.Posted at 79′ Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Mark Howard.Posted at 79′ Attempt saved. Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Onomah.Posted at 78′ Attempt blocked. Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Glenn Whelan with a through ball.Posted at 78′ Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa).Posted at 78′ Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 77′ Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 77′ Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).SubstitutionPosted at 73′ Substitution, Aston Villa. Josh Onomah replaces Keinan Davis.SubstitutionPosted at 72′ Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Hogan replaces Jonathan Kodjia.Posted at 71′ Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Darren Pratley.Posted at 69′ Attempt missed. John Terry (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a set piece situation.SubstitutionPosted at 69′ Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Adam Le Fondre replaces Jem Karacan.BookingPosted at 68′ Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 68′ Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 68′ Foul by Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers).Posted at 66′ Foul by James Chester (Aston Villa).Posted at 66′ Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Show more updatesgoal
Source: BBC Black Country