Match report: Villa 1-0 Bolton
Match: Villa v Bolton
Date: September 30, 2017
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Weather: 13c, rain
Villa moved to within a point of the Sky Bet Championship play-off places with a 1-0 triumph over Bolton Wanderers in B6.
Extending the run to eight games unbeaten and four league wins in a row, the claret and blues' solitary strike came through Jonathan Kodjia, who netted for the first time since his return from injury.
Taking on a Bolton side struggling at the bottom of the division, it was a scrappy encounter that lacked many clear-cut chances.
The closest Villa came otherwise was a minute before the goal, when Kodjia himself missed a glaring opportunity while one-on-one with the Bolton goalkeeper, with Albert Adomah also in space to his left and ready to tap home.
But another three points were eventually claimed with relative ease – making it 14 from a possible 18 throughout a successful September.
Villa red cards
Bolton Wanderers bookings
ASTON VILLA: Johnstone; Elmohamady, Terry, Chester, Taylor; Snodgrass (Samba 89), Whelan, Hourihane, Adomah; Davis (Onomah 72), Kodjia (Hogan 72). Subs: Steer, Bjarnason, Hutton, O'Hare.
BOLTON WANDERERS: Howard, Little, Taylor (Robinson 85), Beevers, Karacan (Le Fondre 69), Ameobi (Noone 63), Madine, Armstrong, Pratley, Henry, Wheater. Subs: Turner, Cullen, Burke, King.
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referee 1: Adam Matthews
Assistant referee 2: Michael George
Fourth Official: Robert Lewis