Albrighton gets 'mojo back' but desperate times for Bolton

Bolton 1 Aston Villa 2

The Reebok Stadium

Aston Villa set their sights on their first away win of the season and found their route wide open.

Wide is the apposite word, because it was on the flanks that they destroyed a Bolton side that hit rock-bottom in the Premier League and might find it hard to rise from there.

The damage was done by the odd couple of Charles N'Zogbia and Marc Albrighton. N'Zogbia was reinstated with surprising haste after being left out last week for missing a treatment session.

That dropping, plus a pep talk from Alex McLeish on the theme of it not being "the good things of life, the cars and houses" that matter, seemed to have done the trick.

"It's about being a top player and we're looking for him to be a great Aston Villa player," his manager said.

The former Wigan Athletic winger was not great at the Reebok, but he was more than good enough to give a desperately poor Bolton plenty of problems. If anything, he was upstaged on the day by the man on the other flank. Albrighton has had to bide his time to get a chance to impress, but he was thrown in at the deep end against Manchester United last week.

"The kid gave us a wholehearted performance and there were signs in the game today that he is getting his mojo back," McLeish said.

Albrighton was a continual nuisance on the right and also scored a vital first goal. A second from Stiliyan Petrov six minutes later, however, ensured that they were on their way to a win on their travels for the first time.

Owen Coyle challenged his Wanderers to show more passion in the second half, but only to a very small extent did he get what he was calling for. Ivan Klasnic's scrambled goal gave them the illusion of being in with a chance. The supporters are restless, though, and some of Coyle's selections are starting to mystify them.His midfield on Saturday was woefully short of grit and was overrun. With teams around them picking up points, the situation is becoming critical.

Scorers: Bolton Klasnic 55. Aston Villa Albrighton 33, Petrov 39.

Substitutes: Bolton Kakuta 6 (Tuncay, 71), Ngog (Klasnic, 79). Aston Villa Heskey (Bent, 81).

Booked: Bolton M Davies.

Aston Villa Agbonlahor, Albrighton.

Man of the match Albrighton. Match rating 6/10.

Possession: Bolton 44% Aston Villa 56%.

Attempts on target: Bolton 13 Aston Villa 11.

Referee P Dowd (Staffordshire).

Attendance 20,285.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
tv
News
Katie Hopkins appearing on 'This Morning' after she purposefully put on 4 stone.
peopleKatie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge
Life and Style
fashionModel of the moment shoots for first time with catwalk veteran
Life and Style
fashionAngelina Jolie's wedding dressed revealed
Sport
Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Mario Balotelli
footballRadamel Falcao and Diego Costa head record £835m influx
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint kiss in Doctor Who episode 'Deep Breath'
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Olivia Colman topped the list of the 30 most influential females in broadcasting
tv
Life and Style
techIf those brochure kitchens look a little too perfect to be true, well, that’s probably because they are
Arts and Entertainment
Danish director Lars von Trier
tvEnglish-language series with 'huge' international cast set for 2016
Life and Style
tech
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering