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Aston Villa 0 - Bolton Kickers 1

Villa Park

16/12/2006

Attendance: 27 450

Bolton Or Wimbledon?

How did that happen? Villa battered Bolton and came out the losers? And are Bolton really wanting to be the new Wimbledon? I thought football had moved on, dirty buggers!

As Martin O'Neill said in his post match reaction, the fact Bolton's keeper was given man of the match speaks volumes and indeed, if not for 3 superb saves by
Jussi Jaaskelainen, Villa would have come out of the game worthy winners.

This afternoon I lost all respect for Big Sam Allardyce and his Bolton team. They spent the first half trying to take out our players and if that is what they think football is all about, then they can stick it. Dirty, cheating, nasty players trying to injure fellow professionals. The ref should have been far harsher than the four yellow cards he gave out but Clatengburg never takes control of a game and this was no exception.

The first twenty minutes Bolton didn't see the ball, maybe that is why they continually felled our players instead but as has been the case for Villa for many a long season, we had all the possession but no penetration - bit like me really, then again, I don't have the possession either! Bolton got in our box threateningly once, got a penalty thanks to a stupid challenge by Stiliyan Petrov, and took the chance. IF that was a penalty, and it was, then Villa should have had two. One was clear as day when Angel was brought down by Side Show Bob or is it Ivo Campo, I get confused, the dirty midfielder who chops players and has girly hair, you know who I mean and Baros was also pushed over in the box by one of their defenders, although to be fair I only saw that whilst having a quick look at the highlights.

Villa had all sorts of chances, goal line scrambles and peppered shots, Gary Cahill made a wonder strike only to be tipped over by Jaaskelainen - shame the strikers don't watch what Cahill does when shooting, they might get some ideas and try it, you never know, they might score if they did? Then later Craig Gardner had a gilt edged chance only to shoot just wide.

I could go on but I've a beer waiting for me and it is going flat, much like our crowd today with only just over 27 000 in attendance. What ever happened to men being men, most would have been down the match in years gone by, nowadays they are dragged to the shops by their trouser wearing wives!!!!! That said, I'm surrounded by ladies by me, four to be exact, so maybe the roles are being reversed!? Nice to see the Bolton fans all clubbed together and came in the same car though, hopefully they all chipped in for the petrol. Bet they are all going home with smiles on their faces, must admit if my team played like that, I'd not be happy at all, tough tackling and a competitive spirit is a must but being hatchet men in the modern game is just not on.

All in all, a good performance and a terrible result and with the tough games we've got coming up this Christmas starting with Man Utd next Saturday, we might regret the missed points today.

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Star Player

Gary Cahill, that shot was outstanding and deserved a goal, shame our strikers don't think to do what this defender does and SHOOT.

Player Ratings


Gabor Kiraly

He had nothing to do apart from face the penalty, seriously not tested at all.

Olof Mellberg 6

Sorry, he is out of position, we need his strength in the centre, don't care who has to move for him, get him back there.

Gary Cahill 8

Outstanding defending, fantastic shot, what a prospect.

Liam Ridgewell 6

Not that tested really but did go sloppy a few times when in possession.

Gareth Barry 6

Wasted as full back today, we missed his forward play in midfield, needs to be back there against Man Utd or we'll be in trouble.

Gavin McCann 6

Ok, just ok, was replaced at half time due to injury.

Stiliyan Petrov 5

Meant to be our playmaker but offered little going forward and the challenge giving away a penalty was not needed.

Steven Davis 7

Best game for ages, kept trying to move the ball forward.

Gabriel Agbonlahor 6

What is the use of having his speed and ability when the team don't get the ball to him? He should be put up front with Chris Sutton, I'm sure he'd read the flicked headers that Baros misses.

Milan Baros 6

I don't know how to rate him really, so it is just as well it doesn't matter what the feck I think! He is a quality player, I have no doubt, but he'll never succeed the way we play. We do not set him up, we do not play to his feet and he contributes very little else when he isn't fed the ball. He is one of those strikers who will take a chance when given but rarely sets one up for himself. And WHY can't he stay on his feet, he isn't the smallest of lads and yet he falls over more than something that falls over a lot.

Chris Sutton 7

The old war horse (Jeez, I'm calling him old and he is five years younger than me, I think I'm depressed). He worked hard and gave their defenders something to think about, unfortunately nothing fell for him and his flicks and passes were seldom read by those around him.

Juan Pablo Angel (on for Baros on 71)

Not sure why Angel has been dropped in favour of Baros. That said, I'd rather both dropped and Gabby up front with Sutton.

Craig Gardner (on for McCann 46).

Should have scored and he'll know it. Filthy tackle on a Bolton player, I was quite pleased judging by what that lot dished out!

Manager Rating

Martin O'Neill. I bet he can't wait for the January transfer window. Trouble is, will any of the top players (we want top players now don't we?) really be available then and will they come to Villa and fight for a chance of Europe? Many players these days seem to want it all handed to them.

Opponent Rating

Big Sam. Local Brummie lad, would love to have had the Villa job so some press say, but on today's performance, I'd be ashamed of his players. He did at least admit they were lucky today.

Mixed

So a mixed day out, had the SCG meeting this afternoon, once again the champagne and caviar was flowing and a very constructive meeting was held. Also met up with an old friend, great to see you again June, don't make it so long next time eh!?

Now where is that beer?




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Date:Saturday December 16 2006

Time: 9:38PM

Your Comments

They are not 5th in the league for nothing, maybe Villa should adopt the smash and grab policy off them.
col8
Horrible match. Bolton are a bunch of dirty ********s. No way we should have lost, we shouldn't even have drawn. The most frustrating game of the season. I was livid at the end of the match, and I still am. I *****ing hate Bolton.
IanSymes
Nice three points, thanks
Geruish
ughhh another match without a wincome on Villa you can do better even if you were playing a team full of cheats and dodgey transfers
Christo
To the 15,000 stayaways (and that is not aimed at those who have a valid reason for not attending), you are a disgrace. The fact that the Manure game is sold out shows what a bunch of fickle, disrespectful bunch of supporters we are. On behalf of those who attended I would like to say thank you Martin for getting the players to slog there guts out, even though the fans couldn't be arsed. I would like to thank Randy for the free travel to chelski, the supporter initiatives, for getting M'ON, for the Holte Hotel and for generally doing everything possible to make our club great again. I am so ashamed of the total lack of support you are getting from so many ungrateful, whinge at the first opportunity, total nomarks who claim to be Villa supporters. Maybe in the future the club will use the ticketing policy that has been suggested to ensure this disgraceful turnout doesn't happen again. Namely for the Manure game charge 45 and throw in a game like the Bolton one for a tenner, only if buying the Manure game. That way all these pathetic once a season, pretend Villa supporters will have to pay for the privelige of attending their once a season game. In a previous article I agreed with the current thinking, that maybe a Feb - Nov season would be beneficial. Nearly all disagreed. We played Bolton at home last August and got over 33,000???????
utv-sotc
Fair play to the lad's we was really unlucky to night gutted i could not be their and i knew we'd have a low crowd because of all the stay aways who only choose to go to manure chelsea liverpool. i don't like to slag but we need fans at games like bolton more than the top teams.
chris the villan
We were far superior to those Bolton thieves tonight. I must agree about Gabby-he is wasted on the wing. With Sutton knocking it down for him we would see some goals as there is noone in the league who is faster. Baros-looked much better today; perhaps we are seeing a return to his former self? He must stay on his feet, though; that falling down stuff is disgraceful (it sure worked for Bolton!). We should won, but I did enjoy the football our boys played today. If it weren't for Petrov's lull in lucid thought the game would have been ours (and Jaskalainen, if thats his real name).
gwyllum18
How about going back to the 4-3-3 but with Baros and Gabby playing alongside Sutton? I'd have loved to have seen the guy down the Villa 10 years ago! A truly class act.
Rawlie
Although, saying that, I'm not criticising or second guessing M'ON at all!
Rawlie
Only noticed Petrov was playing when he was (harshly) pulled up for the foul in the box. What was he doing for the other 89 minutes?
Equatorialvilla
Despite the miss thought Craig Gardener looked very useful when he came on. Some telling through balls and some crunching tackles
PatMcMahon
Have front paged that utv-sotc
The Fear
The word fickle riled a few of us when it was expressed last season, but todays turn out just confirms that that very word is more than applicable to your average Villa fan (fan, not supporter). We lost today not because of any failings on the visitors part, we lost because we just cant convert chances into goals. Our failing, our problem, not theirs.
glensider
Well you can hear the Bolton fan giving it all the large now on Vital Bolton...funny how he finds his voice after a jammy 1-0 win. Sadly though for all of the possesion and shots we had on target the only stat that matters is the scoreline and it reads 1-0. All teams go through a bad patch in a season it just happens that we are going through ours now! We haven't looked the same since Luke Moore got injured and we stopped playing 4-3-3!
Thegreatdando
Not at all convinced about Gardner - didn't you see any of his ridiculous passes? - reminds me of Osbourne who i thought was the next Vieria but is far too casual ATM at least. Echo Dando's thoughts - we need Luke Moore back, or perhaps we just need to revert to 4-3-3. What is wrong with Petrov? He starts with a bang but just disappears. We really, really, really need to strengthen in Jan.
joerothuk
"Martin O'Neill. I bet he can't wait for the January transfer window. Trouble is, will any of the top players (we want top players now don't we?) really be available then and will they come to Villa and fight for a chance of Europe? Many players these days seem to want it all handed to them." I think the last sentence says it all really - we may find the January window frustrating. I know O'Neil can be very conservative and bide his time. At Celtic he was criticised for this - what do people think?
tarzan
I think Bolton came for a point and were delighted to nick it towards the end. Any other day we might have scored 4 or 5.
DeanoVilla
Below is a comment made on Boltons Teamtalk site by a Bolton fan - Speaks volumes for me. WHY ARE WE AL SO ******* OBSESSED WITH SYLVAIN DISTIN ALL OF A SUDDEN????? YESTERDAYS PERFORMANCE WAS AN EMBARASSMENT FULL STOP. I CANNNOT KNOCK THE RESULT BUT WHAT ON EARTH ARE WE DOING GOING TO VILLA FOR A DRAW. PEDERSEN SHOULD NEVER PLAY FOR US AGAIN IF NOLAN HAD A FIRST TOUCH HE MAY ONE DAY PLAY FOR ENGLAND, AND MEITE AND FAYE CANT PASS WATER LET ALONE A FOOTBALL, ANELKA WAS A BEMUSED PASSENGER IN THE GAME AND DAVIES WASN'T GETTING ANY JOY SO HE JUST STARTED TO KICK PEOPLE AS USUAL. I WAS ASHAMED OF OUR TACTICS AND HOW SAM CAN LIVE WITH THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE.HOPEFULLY HE WILL SEE THIS AND BUY A PLAYMAKER BUT SOMEHOW I THINK WE WILL ALWAYS PLAY THIS WAY UNDER SAM WHICH IS WHY JAY JAY NEVER TOTALLY FITTED OUR STYLE OF PLAY. I'D LOVE TO SEE WHAT RIOCH COULD'VE DONE WITH THESE PLAYERS OR ANY OTHER MANAGER FOR THAT MATTER. SORT IT OUT SAM YOU REALLY ARE GIVING US A BAD NAME!!!!!
mackaavfc
 

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