Date: 16th December 2006 at 9:23pm
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Like a toothless old woman, Aston Villa huffed and puffed but had no bite in a game in which they dominated the possession but showed why they had only won 5 matches this season.

Of course, Jussi was on brilliant form but that’s what he’s paid for and that’s the standard he sets himself.

In a desperately empty Villa Park, Bolton’s rearguard held firm and when Petrov needlessly and clumsily bundled over Nicolas Anelka, Gary Speed smashed away the penalty on his 100th appearance for the club.

This match raised more questions than it answered for both Martin O’Neil and the new owner, Randy Lerner.

As for Bolton, a one-nil win away from home against a side that had only lost twice before this season was a good result and showed the resiliance and determination of the side.

 

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