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Bolton 1 - Aston Villa 1

Premier League

Reebok Stadium

25/4/09 - 3pm

Attendance: 21,709

Referee: L. Probert

Bolton
1 - 1
Aston Villa
Cohen (59)
 
A. Young (42)
 
Venue: Reebok Stadium
 
Attendance: 21,709
The Teams
Jaaskelainen
 
 
 
Friedel
 
 
Steinsson
 
 
 
Knight
 
 
Cahill
 
 
 
Davies
 
 
O'Brien
 
 
77
 
Cuellar
 
 
Samuel
 
 
 
Shorey
 
 
Davies
 
 
 
Milner
 
 
McCann
 
 
 
Petrov
 
 
Muamba
 
 
 
Barry
 
 
Cohen
 
 
86
 
A. Young
 
 
Taylor
 
 
 
Heskey
 
 
75
Elmander
 
 
 
Carew
 
 
Substitutes
Puygrenier
 
 
77
 
Guzan
 
 
Basham
 
 
86
 
Sidwell
 
 
Al Habsi
 
 
 
Delfouneso
 
 
75
Hunt
 
 
 
Salifou
 
 
Smolarek
 
 
 
Gardner
 
 
Riga
 
 
 
Albrighton
 
 
Makukula
 
 
 
Clark
 
 
Game Statistics
9
Goal Attempts
14
6
On Target
6
5
Corners
5
13
Fouls
9
0
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
48
%
52




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 25 2009

Time: 5:00PM

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5 more points needed at the moment to guarantee 5th or 6th place finish although a couple of points should do it. Our form suggests we might just scrape a couple more points.
RiF
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25/04/2009 17:16:00

never an easy game v Bolton, I did fear we might be bullied into a loss today, so a draw isn't the end of the world.
The Fear
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25/04/2009 17:18:00

Yawn. Another missed opportunity. At least the toffees came unstuck. I think we've given up already
medzy
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25/04/2009 17:20:00

O'Neill's comments say it all. Despite being ahead of Everton, and still having a chance (albeit an extremely faint chance) of 4th place, a draw constitutes a point gained on Everton, rather than two points dropped in chasing Arsenal - which, whether we catch them or not, should be the mindset. But that isn't the mindset at all. O'Neill will be happy with a 6th place finish and delighted with a 5th place finish. Perhaps this is because he realises that such an 'achievement' represents the pinnacle of what he personally is capable of. Well, I'm sorry, but 5th or 6th should not be the glass ceiling for a club like Villa. O'Neill is a small time manager with a small time mentality, and as long as he is in charge, we'll continue to be a small time club. I want to stress that I'm not disgusted with the result today, but rather O'Neill's attitude to it.
Albarnista
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25/04/2009 19:28:00

No pitch minutes for Sidders again :-)
merlin
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25/04/2009 20:01:00

MON is a master of disguises when managing to talk up a not good/ bad result. So if that is all he could come up with, it must have been a performance and result with almost no positives to draw! Imagine if Everton (which we all expected) had won today? They would have been a point ahead of us and we would have been in 6th? What and earth could he have said then?
villa_de
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25/04/2009 20:51:00

Oh well at least the Blues lost.
PiperUK
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25/04/2009 21:52:00

Albamista, you seem to have a real downer on MON! Every post of yours is basically an attack on his "Poor Management" Just do some constructive critism for a couple of posts or perhaps praise the team and manager if warranted please for once. Personally, i thought they lads did ok today, not an easy team to play against, starting with 10 men behind the ball as they did, we could have possibly been two up before they scored. It was poor defending that helped them through. You could see it as 2 points lost but Hardly MONs fault that Laursen and Young were injured leaving us with a makeshift Right back and a central defence that hasn't covered itself in glory this season! Ashlry had a good game but Heskey and JC were to quiet for my liking. Once again Gareth and Stilian were great in midfield and Shorey had a solid game at left back!
Charizma
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26/04/2009 05:11:00

Apologies for the spelling mistakes above, it's late and i've had a few sherberts!!
Charizma
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26/04/2009 05:13:00

Charizma, I'm actually of the view that the players deserve a huge amount of credit this season. The first-teamers have played all season, in a long season, without much, if any, respite. It infuriates me that O'Neill has failed to give these players the support they needed. If an army is winning a war, but needs reinforcements for the final push, and then the general decides that one obselete tank with a faulty gun-turret will do the trick, these soldiers have every right to turn round and tell their generalexactly where to go. Of course it isn't MON's fault that Laursen and Young are injured. But it's his fault that we don't have a second right back, and it's his fault that the three centre backs he brought to the club, for more than 20m, aren't performing. I have said good things about O'Neill, and given him credit where it was due. I also had faith in him, even when he signed Heskey - and only Heskey - in January. But subsequent events (and we all know about those) have shown that the succes we've had this season is more down to luck than judgement.
Albarnista
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26/04/2009 17:26:00

Sorry Albarnista, I was just a bit peeved by the negativity i've been reading so far this half of the season and your name came up more than once :(. Building a winning Team is all about the right constituent parts. I see MON trying to get those "right" parts from players he knows and is comfortable with such as Cuellar and Heskey, I think he is being careful about upsetting the balance of the really good nucleus he has at the moment all be it a small nucleus! He has said five years to build a league winner, and he has nearly had 3, we aren't doing to bad the way i see it. Could we have done better? Not sure, we don't know what is going on behind the scene week in week out. Give him his five years, then start having a go please :)
Charizma
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26/04/2009 23:19:00

 

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