BIRMINGHAM, England: Bolton boosted their survival bid and dragged Aston Villa into the Premier League relegation dogfight as David Ngog clinched a 2-1 win at Villa Park yesterday.
Owen Coyle’s side fell behind to Stephen Warnock’s second half strike, but recovered in impressive fashion with two goals in quick succession as Martin Petrov equalised with a penalty before Ngog bagged the winner seconds later.
Bolton remain in the bottom three but they are now just one point from safety with a game in hand, while Villa are only three points above the drop zone with three matches to play.
McLeish’s men made a positive start and could have gone ahead inside the first minute after Charles N’Zogbia’s corner picked out Chris Herd and the youngster headed just over the bar.
Villa and Bolton fans showed their appreciation for Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who is recovering from cardiac arrest, with 60 seconds’ applause in the sixth minute, in recognition of his shirt number.
But Villa were on top and Stephen Warnock smashed his shot against the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area moments later.
N’Zogbia also struck the woodwork, clipping the outside of a post with a 30-yard free-kick, before the interval.
Coyle made a half-time substitution with striker Kevin Davies replacing Miyaichi, but Villa were posing more attacking threat and Warnock broke the deadlock when he converted a cross from N’Zogbia in the 61st minute.
First Petrov levelled from the penalty spot after Carlos Cuellar brought down Mark Davies in the 62nd minute.
Then Chris Eagles was allowed too much room to pick out Ngog and the former Liverpool forward fired home from close-range.
N’Zogbia wasted their last chance when he blazed over from 20 yards. AFP