Date: 2nd November 2018 at 9:42pm
Written by:
Aston Villa
2 – 0
Bolton Wanderers

Villa Park


2/11/2018 7:45 pm

Attendance: 30802

Referee: Langford

Aston Villa Bolton Wanderers
Grealish (4), Chester (58)
Nyland Alnwick
Hutton Olkowski
Tuanzebe Wheater
Chester Hobbs
Taylor Taylor
Adomah 73 Lowe
McGinn Williams
Hourihane Noone
Kodjia Oztumer 78
Grealish 90 Buckley 68
Abraham 81 Donaldson 70


Whelan 90 Beevers
Hogan 81 Vela
Bolasie 73 Doidge 78
Jedinak Matthews
El Ghazi Dyer 68
Elmohamady Magennis 70
Bunn Grounds

Game Statistics

17 Goal attempts 11
3 On Target 3
2 Corners 8
8 Fouls 16
0 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
60 % 40

Earlier this evening Aston Villa took to the Villa Park pitch once again under new head coach Dean Smith as we looked to get back to winning ways against Bolton Wanderers.

With a very youthful Under 23 side earlier in the week, sadly whatever the reasoning behind that, it wasn’t for first-team duty as it was the starting eleven many would’ve predicted, as was the substitutes bench.

Nobody can claim new head coach Dean Smith isn’t giving the regulars a fair crack of the whip, and despite results, few can actually argue they aren’t stepping up to the plate for him either.

The man who can’t do right for wrong in the eyes of some, Jack Grealish, opened the scoring four minutes into the match to give us the advantage and James Chester doubled our lead just ahead of the hour mark.

And we held onto it. More possession and greater chances at goal, if you had to pick out a flaw they managed to get the same number of efforts on goal as well did – but most know we have to be patient as Smith stamps his authority on the side and the result was nothing more than we deserved – we just didn’t get that stroke of luck against QPR.

For the record – Chester also wins the Goal Line Clearance Since Football Began Award.

It’s been a long day, I’m off with a smile on my face.


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