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Grealish helps Aston Villa to win over struggling Bolton

Jack Grealish opens the scoring for Aston Villa against Bolton

Aston Villa eased to their second straight home win under new boss Dean Smith as they eventually saw off free-falling Bolton Wanderers.

Jack Grealish's fourth-minute strike gave Villa the perfect start, but all they could add to it was a second-half header from skipper James Chester.

Villa's victory - only their fifth in 16 Championship games this season - lifts them four places to 13th going into the rest of the weekend fixtures, just four points off a play-off place.

But Phil Parkinson's Bolton have now managed just one win in 12, having picked up just one point out of a possible last 18.

Goalgetter Grealish

Grealish had been given a pre-match nudge by new Villa boss Smith to spend less time chasing the ball and concentrate on the area where he can do most damage, closer to the opposition goal.

And he took less than four minutes to show he had listened to that advice.

From Tammy Abraham's nicely-weighted pass through the Bolton defence, Villa's prize asset coolly rounded keeper Ben Alnwick before side-footing into the empty net.

It was exactly an hour later, in playing time, when captain Chester, who had a first-half header disallowed for offside, then did add the second with his head from Grealish's dipping free-kick.

But in between, it was certainly not all plain-sailing as Villa - Abraham in particular - proved wasteful and were frustrated by too many offside decisions and a lack of protection of their players at times from referee Oliver Langford.

It took an extraordinary acrobatic clearance on the line by Chester to keep out a goalbound header from Jack Hobbs. And it needed a scrambled near post save from home keeper Orjan Nyland, who still looks far from assured, to keep out Craig Noone.

Although Villa did hold out for a second home clean sheet under Smith, Bolton pressed throughout. A side who have scored just three times in two months were only denied something by their glaring lack of any genuine goal threat.

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Nyland
  • 21Hutton
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 5Chester
  • 3Taylor
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forBolasieat 73'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 14Hourihane
  • 26Kodjia
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forWhelanat 90'minutes
  • 18AbrahamSubstituted forHoganat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Whelan
  • 9Hogan
  • 11Bolasie
  • 15Jedinak
  • 22El Ghazi
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 31Bunn

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 16OlkowskiBooked at 42mins
  • 31WheaterBooked at 79mins
  • 14Hobbs
  • 3Taylor
  • 21Williams
  • 4Lowe
  • 12NooneBooked at 83mins
  • 7OztumerSubstituted forDoidgeat 78'minutes
  • 11BuckleySubstituted forDyerat 68'minutes
  • 8DonaldsonSubstituted forMagennisat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Beevers
  • 6Vela
  • 9Doidge
  • 20Matthews
  • 22Dyer
  • 28Magennis
  • 29Grounds
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
30,802

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Wheater with a headed pass.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Glenn Whelan replaces Jack Grealish.

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Doidge.

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by John McGinn.

Offside, Aston Villa. Alan Hutton tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Axel Tuanzebe.

Attempt blocked. Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John McGinn.

Booking

Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Hogan replaces Tammy Abraham.

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Bolton Wanderers).

Booking

David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Christian Doidge replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Attempt missed. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Yannick Bolasie replaces Albert Adomah.

Offside, Aston Villa. Neil Taylor tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Josh Magennis replaces Clayton Donaldson.

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tammy Abraham with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Axel Tuanzebe.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lloyd Dyer replaces William Buckley.

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah tries a through ball, but John McGinn is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. John McGinn (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Taylor.

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