Hitz knocks out Trotters
By James Pearson. Last Updated: November 13, 2004 4:50pm
Aston Villa came from a goal down to secure a superb 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers at The Reebok.
It all looked good for The Trotters when El Hadji Diouf netted, however goals from Gavin McCann and Thomas Hitzlsperger gave the visitors the points.
The defeat is just Bolton's third in 13 league games this season and substitute Hitzlsperger's super volley was impressive enough to win any match.
The home began in confident fashion and Villa were forced to keep their shape early on as Bolton penned them in.
Villa were able to hit back, but on two separate occasions Colombian international Juan Pablo Angel was unable to stay onside.
Chances were at a premium and Gary Speed summed up the goal scoring chances with a scuffed volley from outside the box that drifted wide.
Moments later, Diouf continued his rich vein of form after bagging his second goal of the season, following a disappointing time with Liverpool.
The Senegalese striker gambled in the middle and toe poked Kevin Nolan's cross shot that was going wide of Thomas Sorenson's back post.
Nolan almost got in on the act shortly after but his long-range effort flashed just wide of Sorensen's left side post.
The Trotters were almost down to 10 men, however referee Andy D'Urso opted against showing Ricardo Gardner a second yellow card following a late challenge on McCann.
Villa were back on level terms before the break when McCann out-jumped Gardner at the back post to nod home Lee Hendrie's deep left wing cross.
Bolton came out all guns blazing after the break, however Danish keeper Sorensen was able to keep the home side at bay.
Diouf firstly teed up Speed, but the experienced midfielder was unable to keep his shot down while Sorensen did well to close down Pedersen moments later.
David O'Leary then replaced Solano with Hitzlsperger for Peter Whittingham in a move that would eventually decide the match.
Carlton Cole's header almost caught on loan Andy Oakes out for Bolton, however the glancing header drifted over the far post.
Diouf was inches from giving Bolton the lead for a second time but his back post header from Nolan's right wing cross crashed off the post.
Moments later Bruno N'Gotty saw a header bounce just wide of Sorensen's goal.
With the game set to finish level Hitzlsperger was on hand to crash home a superb left footed volley from outside the area leaving Oakes with no chance of a save.
The loss for Bolton is their first at home this season while the three points lifts Villa above Middlesbrough, albeit temporary, until Sunday's fixtures.
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|Team Name||Bolton Wanderers||Aston Villa|
|Shots on target ( Inc Goals )||3||5|
|Shots off Target (inc woodwork)||9||5|
|Total Fouls Conceded||12||17|
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