Aston Villa
No. Name
  1 Thomas Sorensen
  6 Gareth Barry
  2 Mark Delaney
  3 Jlloyd Samuel  88' 26'
  4 Olof Mellberg
  8 Gavin McCann  30' 40'
  7 Lee Hendrie
  47' 17  Peter Whittingham
  12 Thomas Hitzlsperger  10'
  16 Peter Crouch
  10 Darius Vassell  27'
  9 Dion Dublin
  13 Stefan Postma
  24 Liam Ridgewell
  27 Ronny Johnsen
  14 Marcus Allback
  • 10
    • Thomas Hitzlsperger Goal
  • 16
    • Emerson Thome Yellow Card
  • 26
    • Jlloyd Samuel Yellow Card
  • 27
    • Darius Vassell Yellow Card
  • 30
    • Gavin McCann Yellow Card
  • 40
    • Gavin McCann Red Card
  • 41
    • Nicky Hunt Yellow Card
  • HT
    • Halftime
  • 47
    • On: Peter Whittingham | Off: Lee Hendrie
  • 68
    • On: Anthony Barness | Off: Simon Charlton
  • 75
    • Kevin Davies Yellow Card
  • 78
    • On: Henrik Pedersen | Off: Youri Djorkaeff
  • 88
    • Jlloyd Samuel Goal
  • 88
    • On: Varela Javi Moreno | Off: Per Frandsen
  • FT
    • End Regular Time
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Match Commentary

90' It's all over! Brave, brave performance from 10-man Villa but in the end it was all for nothing. O'Leary is ranting at the referee, but it will do no good. Villa have won 2-0 on the night, but that 5-2 first-leg victory, inspired by Jay Jay Okocha, has proved decisive. Bolton are going to Cardiff!
90' Davies buys some precious seconds by winning a corner. Only seconds remaining now...
90' Crouch slaloms across the pitch and beats two men, but his foot was high on Pedersen, and that's possibly Villa's last chance gone
90' High drama here. Barness heads Dublin's effort off his own goal-line, but Bennett comes to Bolton's rescue and blows for a foul on the keeper
90' Third time unlucky as Whittingham tries his luck again from distance. Wayward yet again, but there'll be four extra minutes
90' Almost! Barry's volley looks headed for the corner until Campo's upper arm intervenes. Was that arm or shoulder. Shoulder, says ref Bennett!
88' There's another one back! Crouch again causes chaos, and more by luck than judgement he works it to Samuel, whose left-footed drive deflects past the keeper! 2-0 on the night, 4-5 on aggregate
87' Undeterred, Crouch attempts a scissors-kick. It's not pretty, but Jaaskelainen is forced to get down smartly to stop
86' Crouch rifles a volley straight at Jaaskelainen but he'd been punished for a push in any case
85' Ba breaks for Bolton and Davies tries his luck again from the edge of the box. Easy for Sorensen, but Davies has been an effective battering ram for Bolton
84' Pedersen's brief seems to be to run down the clock by keeping possession in Villa's half. He can't manage it this time though and Sorensen can clear
83' Poor one from Barry but Villa keep possession and Vassell heads over from Hitzlsperger's ball into the box
82' Barry lofts in the set-piece and Frandsen heads behind for a corner
81' Ba blocks his team-mate Frandsen's pass and Samuel takes advantage, galloping down the Villa left to win a foul from Hunt next to the corner flag
80' Back come Villa, and Vassell decides to test N'Gotty's pace. the defender is up to the job and it's cleared
80' Pedersen almost scores with his first touch but can't get a clean connection on Davies' low cross
79' Djorkaeff has run his socks off and gets a well-earned rest. Pedersen is his replacement. Meanwhile, Hunt is fully recovered and back on
78' Delaney picks up the loose ball and crosses for Samuel to head over. Hunt takes a knock in the melee and goes off for a bit of treatment
77' History doesn't repeat itself as Hitzlsperger's effort hits Ba, who seemed to be no more than six yards away
77' Villa live to fight another day, and Campo is penalised for a foul right on the edge of the box, just as for the goal...
77' Campo brings the ball away and feeds Davies, who shaves Sorensen's far post fom the right angle of the box. That would have been game over
76' More Villa howls for a penalty as Vassell claims he is impeded in trying to reach a Whittingham centre. Again the appeals are waved away
75' We've seen this before! Davies goes in for a 50-50 with Sorensen and catches the keeper a la McCann. It's a yellow card for the Bolton striker
74' Dublin bustles on to Crouch's flick but N'Gotty has the legs on him, and Dublin goes looking for a penalty. Nothing given
73' Whittingham has his second effort of the night from around 20 yards, but it's well off-target again
72' As befits a man with a bandaged head, Mellberg is giving a heroic performance at the back for Villa, and denies Davies a chance with a last-ditch block
71' Campo has countered Dublin's move forward by dropping back to make a third centre-back
71' Sorensen just about reaches a Giannakopoulos cross under pressure from Hunt, who had got well forward
70' The veteran wins a free-kick 40 yards out, but Barry's kick is straight into the grateful Jaaskelainen's arms
69' Time to gamble as Dublin lumbers forward to play as part of a three-man attack. It'll be route one stuff from now on
68' Bolton boss Sam Allardyce replaces Charlton with Barness, whose first task is to hold off Crouch's run
67' Djorkaeff's awareness sends Giannakopoulos through the middle, but the Greek can't outpace Delaney and the danger disappears
66' Schmeichel-esque claim and quick throw from Sorensen launches Villa on another attack, but Whittingham can't pick out Crouch's run
64' Vassell shows Hunt a stepover and crosses from Villa's left flank, but Jaaskelainen plucks it from above Crouch's head
63' Bolton have another chance to break with Dublin stranded helping out his attackers. Giannakopoulos finds Djorkaeff, but his touch is poor
62' Davies muscles his way to the Villa byline on the right, but his cut-back is just too high for Djorkaeff in the middle
61' Tangible sense of urgency from Villa, but maybe they could do with a little more composure. This time it's Hitzlsperger whose hopeful ball runs out of play
60' N'Gotty's back-pass has Vassell excited for a moment, but Jaaskelainen is out sharply to clear downfield
58' Campo drops back to help out his defence with a superb intervention to deny Crouch from Vassell's inswinging cross
57' Back come Villa. Barry thinks about a long-range shot but spreads it instead to Whittingham on the left. Solid defending from Thome though
56' Bolton looking to counter a bit more now and Giannakopoulos wins a foul on the Villa right
55' Crouch is still making a nuisance of himself and Villa don't look a man short. Will time take its toll on the ten mens' legs though...
53' End-to-end, and sub Whittingham spurns a decent chance to get another one back as Barry's cross drops to him on the edge of the box
53' Villa give it away though, and Djorkaeff tries a left-foot curler as Bolton break. Easy for Sorensen
52' The decision goes Villa's way this time as Davies is adjudged to have pushed Delaney
51' Dublin flies in again, this time on Campo, but Djorkaeff's free-kick is headed out by Mellberg
51' Davies picks out Hunt with a lovely cross-field pass, and it takes a desperate block from Samuel to block the shot. Bolton appeal for hand-ball, but the ref disagrees
50' Djorkaeff fires in a deep one looking for Campo at the back post, but Sorensen is up well to claim
49' Bolton indulge in a spot of keep-ball to frustrate the ten men, and Dublin is forced to concede a corner
48' Frandsen gets the better of Dublin down the bolton right with a neat sidestep, but his cross is too close to Sorensen
47' Early change for villa, as Hendrie limps off to be replaced by Whittingham. Hendrie must have been carrying a knock
46' Mellberg loses his footing to give Davies an opening, but the striker is ponderous and Mellberg gets back to make amends
46' Villa kick off the second half, needing a minor miracle. Will they get one...?
45' There's the half-time whistle, but we've had enough incident to fill two whole matches. Hitzlsperger's strike is still the difference, but Villa are a man down and 5-3 down on aggregate. It's a tough ask now...
45' Bolton keep possession well and the ball breaks for Hunt on the right of the box. He cuts inside well, but his effort is neither a cross nor a shot and trickles harmlessly out
45' Vassell seems to get the better of Thome with the help of a legal shoulder charge, but the linesman brings play back for a throw-in to Bolton
45' Three minutes of injury-time to be played in the first half.
45' Villa have to press forward even with a man less, and Samuel is continuing to burst down the left. No joy on this occasion though
43' Frandsen ventures forward and tests Sorensen's handling with a low drive. The keeper deals with it safely
42' The jeers for Campo are louder than ever, and his mazy dribble straight out of play delights the home crowd
41' All sorts going on down in the dugout. A furious David O'Leary seems to be accusing Campo of helping to get McCann sent off. Back on the pitch, Hunt is booked following a bit of silliness with Hendrie
39' Nightmare for Villa! McCann goes in for a 50-50 with keeper Jaaskelainen. The tackle's poor, and in the argy-bargy which follows he gives Thome a soft slap, which doesn't impress ref Bennett either. He's already been booked, but it's a straight red! McCann is off!
38' Lovely shuffle from Samuel takes him away from Campo on the left. His cross his sweet, but Barry's usually trusty left foot can't find the target from 10 yards
36' Neat work from Hunt, forward from right-back for Bolton, but Mellberg is in the way again to clear
35' It wasn't dull for long! Hendrie finds room for a centre from the right, but Thome does enough to force the giant Crouch to head over
34' Rare lull in the action. It's been breathless stuff so far
33' Villa work the ball smartly out to McCann on the right, but his cross is poor and Charlton can clear
32' Mellberg puts his already-bandaged head in where it hurts to win the ball bravely ahead of Davies
31' Slipshod stuff all round, as first Charlton and then McCann gift the ball to the opposition
30' Ref Bennett has his card out again, and this time it's McCann in the book for raising a boot too high in a 50-50 with Ba
29' Better spell for Bolton, but Hunt goes downin search of a free-kick, doesn't get one, and Villa pick it up
28' Ba tries to get involved in the action for Bolton, but he's been pretty quiet so far
27' Hitzlsperger hacks clear, and in his eagerness to get on the end of the punt Vassell lunges in on Hunt and becomes the second Villa man booked in two minutes
26' Giannakopoulos flies down the Bolton right, and Samuel takes him out with a scything tackle. Free-kick and a booking for the Villa man
25' Davies, ploughing a lone furrow up front, is forced to chase his own flick-on and Mellberg mops up
24' Campo trying to show a cool head amid the midfield mayhem, but he can't find a Bolton shirt at the moment
23' Crouch shows a good first touch again, but sadly for Villa his second one sends a shot high, wide and none too handsome
23' Tight call, but the linesman decides Giannakopoulos was just offside from Davies' ball through the middle
21' Djorkaeff buys his side a free-kick and a bit of relief, winning a soft foul from Barry on the edge of his own box
20' Villa press again, and Hunt resorts to thumping the ball into the top tier. Bolton look shaken
19' Davies relies on his muscle up front for Bolton, but he used a bit too much of it there for the ref's liking. Foul on Mellberg
18' Campo challenges Crouch up the other end, and Villa win a corner, but the goalscorer Hitzlsperger can't beat the first man
18' Djorkaeff's positive burst gives Giannakopoulos half an opening, but he runs away from goal and the chance goes
17' Crouch has the proverbial 'good touch for a big man', and his neat control sets up a Vassell cross, which Barry screws wide of the target
16' Vassell hares on to a long ball on the Villa left and Thome takes him out with a face-high barge. Just a booking, much to the Brazilian's relief
15' Frandsen is being hustled out of it every time he gets the ball in midfield. Unfairly this time, says the ref
14' There's that man again, but this time Hitzlsperger's effort is a mite wide of Bolton's far post
13' Hitzlsperger is full of adrenalin, some of which is spent on a reckless lunge at Campo. No booking, though
12' Bolton try to respond quickly with some neat work from Djorkaeff, but Davies can't keep it in
10' GOAL! The comeback is on! Hitzlsperger takes a couple of steps and leaves Jaaskelainen rooted to the spot with a beautiful left-footed curler. One-nil and game on!
9' Campo seems to have made an enemy of the Villa fans, who are delighted to see him penalised for a tussle with Crouch on the edge of the box
9' It's Bolton's turn for a long-range effort, but Frandsen fares no better than Vassell
8' Vassell's confidence hasn't been dented by that miss, and he tries his luck from distance. A scrambling Jaaskelainen is pleased to see the ball whistle just wide
6' Sorensen helps a wayward Djorkaeff shot on its way over the byline to concede an unnecessary corner, but ref Bennett spots a Bolton foul in the box
5' Djorkaeff bends in the kick, but Dublin makes amends by nodding clear under pressure from N'Gotty
4' Back up the other end, and Davies wins a free-kick following a bit of grappling with Dublin
4' Fantastic chance for Villa! Hendrie's cross is knocked down by Barry but Vassell can't beat Jaaskelainen from two yards out
3' Davies' knock-down falls to Hunt - forward from right-back - but his 30-yard attmept with his swingerof a left foot is high and wide
2' A lively start, and Djorkaeff has half a chance for Bolton, but he can't get his shot away
1' Villa hit back, and Delaney's burst wins a corner. The lanky Crouch is the target, but N'Gotty heads away
1' Villa need the goals, but it's Bolton who launch the game's first attack before Samuel clears
1' Ref Steve Bennett whistles the game under way
- Peter Crouch gets a rare chance to impress for Aston Villa as the injured Angel's replacement, while Bolton's emphasis is on defence - if they concede fewer than three goals, they're in the final
- Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Hunt, N'Gotty, Thome, Charlton, Giannakopoulos, Frandsen, Campo, Ba, Davies, Djorkaeff. Subs: Poole, Barness, Pedersen, Javi Moreno, Vaz Te.
- Aston Villa: Sorensen, Delaney, Mellberg, Dublin, Samuel, Hendrie, McCann, Hitzlsperger, Barry, Crouch, Vassell. Subs: Postma, Allback, Whittingham, Ridgewell, Johnsen.
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