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Ratings and reactions: Bolton 1-2 Villa


Who was your man of the match?  

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  1. 1. Who was your man of the match?

    • Guzan
    • Hutton
    • Warnock
    • Dunne
    • Collins
    • N'Zogbia
    • Albrighton
    • Petrov
    • Herd
    • Bent
    • Agbonlahor
    • Heskey (for Bent 81)

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First half we played well - although we were allowed to by a Bolton side whose midfield was nonexistent. We were hanging on for much of the second half though... Bolton probably feel they deserved a draw (even though we could have been 4 up at half time). Thought ALbrighton looked good and certainly did not stop running.

Bent will be off in January. McLeish doesn't think him and Gabby can play together. Simple as that really.

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Much better. Super first half. 2 wingers and 2 strikers is the way. 4-4-2. Albrighton, Dunne or Warnock man of the match. Impressed with N'Zogbia and Gabby were impressive today. It did not need to be as nerve racking as it was in the second half. Bent should have put away at least 1 today. Poor finishing by him. Not his day.

Guzan 8 - Made the right decisions, a couple of very good saves too.

Warnock 8 - One of his best performances in a Villa shirt, controlled.

Hutton 6 - Decent going forward, still question marks defensively.

Dunne 8 - Dominant

Collins 6.5 - Did enough today, still get nervous when he is on the ball.

N'Zogbia 7.5 - Very lively in first half, caused quite a few problems. Improving!

Albrighton 9 - Man of the Match. A much needed good performance from Alby. Well taken goal, superb delivery throughout the game. Nearly got a second goal at end.

Bent 5 - Should have put away 1 of his chances today. Offside flag raised even more than usual. He'll struggle to get goals in some of the games to come.

Gabby - 8 Mr Consistant for Villa this season, always seems to be our greatest threat. No change today.

Herd - 7.5 Becoming a key player for us, breaks up play very well for a youngish lad. Did well today.

Petrov - 7.5 Good in the first half. Should have got an assist in the second half with that set up for Bent. Good performance.

Best away performance this season. Should have won by more goals with the amount of chances we created. Now McLiesh needs to stick with the 4-4-2 against Arsenal and Liverpool. Hopefully doesn't bottle it and revert back to the shit we been served most of this season.

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Now McLiesh needs to stick with the 4-4-2 against Arsenal and Liverpool. Hopefully doesn't bottle it and revert back to the shit we been served most of this season.

I wouldn't say this win proves the 4-4-2 is the right formation.

Arsenal will muller us, as they always do, if we play 4-4-2 because they will control the midfield. Need to see, IMO:

------------- Herd ------------

----------------Stan ----------

--------- Zog -----------------

Albie --------------------- Gab

------------- Bent ------------

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Ye he's got 5
What utter bullshit. Can't believe you can appeal bans for violent conduct but you can't appeal moronic yellows from refs who don't know what the **** they're doing.

I was going to ask if you can appeal a yellow, and now I know. Phil Dowd you utter cock knocker!

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Good first half and a shabby second half. Don't know what Mcleish said to them at half time but they were poor after the break.

Vital win and 3 points.

Gabby's yellow card should not count and force him to miss the Lieverplop game.

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Great to see Albrighton back. I thought he was one of the few players who was effective in both halves. I voted Petrov man of the match but Marc was a close second.

Zoggy was superb 1st half but went missing 2nd. Still, good to see he can play. Guzan also was excellent.

Some poor finishes from Bent really were the only difference between a nervous finish and a 4-1 victory.

We need to stop sitting back when we take the lead. Our players don't like being crowded when on the ball, but our midfielders don't run hard enough to provide passing options.

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We don't half have some knobhead fans. Some clearing in the woods on WM just said he'd rather we'd have lost ... this despite him going to the game. What a plank

Very good first half today. Understandably they upped their game in the second but we did enough to deserve the three points

Guzan - 7 didnt really have to do much

Warnock - 8 - i thought he was superb in the first half especially

Dunne - 7

Collins - 7

Hutton - 7

N'Zogbia - 7 - much better first half, needs a run of games now

Petrov - 7

Herd - 7

Albrighton - 7 - ditto N'Zogbia. needs a run of games now

Gabby - 7

Bent - 5 disppointed in the big man today. had a couple of chances

Heskey - 5 - if anyone watches that game back, you'll see his first 5 touches give the ball away. works hard, tries hard. still offers little

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