RECAP: ASTON VILLA 1-2 BOLTON
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JOHN KRETLOW - Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tim Ream and Bolton took down Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa in a crucial relegation battle for each team

Both American defenders started and went the distance for their respective teams.

In a span of just a couple of minutes midway through the second half, all of the game's goals were scored. The advantage went to the visiting team.

Aston Villa struck first in the 61st minute when Stephen Warnock knocked in a Charles N'Zogbia cross.

Just seconds later though, Mark Davies was taken down in the box resulting in a penalty kick. Martin Petrov stepped up and scored for Bolton.

Bolton then did not waste much time at all, as David Ngog found the back of the net after Chris Eagles found the forward. This would end up the game winner for the Wanderers.

Ream enjoyed a particularly strong game in Bolton's backline, helping keep them in the game in the first half.

Both of the Americans were booked during the game's final tense stages. Samuel Ricketts also saw yellow for Bolton.

With a game in hand, Bolton is just one point from safety, while Villa is dangerously just three points from the relegation zone.

Villa travels to play West Bromwich Albion next, while Bolton takes on Sunderland.
referee1951
Thursday April 26, 2012 1:13 pm
With reserve keeper Guzan and injured midfield mainstay Holden, this game could easily have fielded 4 yanks abroad. Quite some progress, even if they are all playing in Championship next season. How quickly we have taken for granted such presence (one match in Germany recently had 3 yanks in a Bundeslega performance). And 3 yanks on Rangers (well, not for long) is another huge accomplishment...how about Friedel, Howard, Guzan, Hanumann all on EPL rosters. Dempsey making all EPL first 11 is massive and a sustained season long accomplishment. It will get better in years to come, too! You will go from a small website with limited reportage to being overwhelmed by such widespread and high level successes.
LEE SHELLEY
Thursday April 26, 2012 10:36 am
i didnt see the game BUT SEEN REAMS LAST 4 WITH BOLTON,AND HE BETTER UP HIS GAME ????? THE BBC MATCH OF THE DAY PUNDITS ARE SAYING HES NOT WORTH $5......!!!!!! IVE NEVER RATED HIM BUT SURLEY HE CAN ONLY GET BETTER ????? SO REAMEY MOVE YOUR ASS N UP YOUR GAME,YANKS REP IS AT STAKE
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