Tuesday 6 December 2016

Bolton hit rock bottom

BOLTON 1 ASTON VILLA 2

Phil Medlicott

Published 11/12/2011 | 05:00

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish feels his team showed their mental toughness yesterday in defeating Bolton at the Reebok Stadium to record their first away win of the season.

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The midlands outfit took the lead in the 33rd minute when Marc Albrighton prodded in Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross and Stiliyan Petrov doubled their advantage six minutes later with a strike that went in off former Villa man Gary Cahill.

Ivan Klasnic reduced the deficit 10 minutes into the second half but Wanderers could not salvage a point as the visitors held firm, demonstrating a resilience that McLeish was particularly pleased with.

"It's been a long time coming -- we have thrown away a couple of opportunities, so well done to the players for digging deep at the end under a barrage of Bolton attacks," McLeish said.

"It is credit to their mental toughness, and hopefully that is improving after capitulating at other away venues."

This was Bolton's 12th loss from 15 top-flight fixtures this term and they have slumped to bottom of the table.

Manager Owen Coyle -- who confirmed Klasnic had come off due to a twisted knee -- said: "Disappointment is an understatement, because we were at home and looking to win the game and start moving up the league. It is a horrible feeling."

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