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L. Bailey
E. Buendía
1 - 4
L. Digne
D. Ings
1 - 3
D. Ings
Penalty Goal
1 - 2
Douglas Luiz
1 - 1
D. Charles
K. Lee
1 - 0

Match Stats

44% 55%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 11
Total Passes 383 477
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Next up, Bolton travel to Plymouth Argyle in League One, with Villa hosting West Ham United in the Premier League.
Aston Villa have progressed to the third round of the EFL Cup, beating Bolton Wanderers 4-1 at the University of Bolton Stadium. The hosts had the lead for 12 minutes when Charles rolled in Lee’s pass, but Luiz found an equaliser directly from a corner. Kachunga had an early second-half chance for Bolton, but his blocked shot was as close as the hosts got to finding a second goal. A penalty from Ings quickly followed up by a strike from Digne gave Villa breathing room, with Bailey adding a late fourth to complete the route.
90' + 2' McGinn shoots this time, but Dixon makes himself big to save once again.
90' Ramsey and Archer both have a chance in quick succession, but their shots are saved well by Dixon.
E. Buendía
87' Buendia's pass to Bailey may have been just offside, but the attacker did well to drive forward and score his second Villa goal.
L. Bailey
87' GOAALLL! BAILEY SCORES! 4-1 ASTON VILLA! Coming off the right, the winger drives into the box. The Villa man beats Johnston with multiple stepovers before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
86' Archer chases a long ball forward but Dixon claims the ball.
T. Iroegbunam
Douglas Luiz
84' Substitution for Villa. Luiz is replaced by Iroegbunam.
84' A heavy pass from Bakayoko rolls into the gloves of Martinez.
K. Sadlier
C. Bradley
82' Sadlier replaces Bradley for Bolton.
C. Archer
D. Ings
82' Substitution for Villa. Archer replaces Ings.
80' Buendia has just had his first shot since coming on. Cutting in from the left, the Argentine ignores passing options, with his shot pushed away by the goalkeeper.
78' Villa fans have cheered each completed pass by their side in the last few minutes. They seem relatively confident that Bolton will not get back into this game.
76' Martinez gets involved for the first time this half, clearing away Lee's overhit pass.
75' Surprisingly, Villa are yet to introduce Archer. The striker scored four goals in his two EFL Cup appearances last term, averaging a goal every 45 minutes in the competition that campaign.
L. Bailey
O. Watkins
71' Watkins comes off for Bailey as Villa make another change. The departing striker does not look happy.
E. Buendía
Philippe Coutinho
71' Villa replace Coutinho with fellow playmaker Buendia.
J. Ramsey
B. Kamara
71' Substitution for Villa as Kamara is replaced by Ramsey. With a yellow card likely for his next foul, it is probably a smart decision from Gerrard.
A. Bakayoko
O. Afolayan
71' Afolayan is replaced by Bakayoko in Bolton's next change
70' McGinn's cross from the right goes well over. With bodies forward, the chance is wasted.
K. Dempsey
E. Kachunga
68' Substitution for Bolton as Kachunga is replaced by Dempsey.
D. Ings
66' Moments after scoring a penalty, Ings assists the third Villa goal. His pass was weighted perfectly, with Digne having a simple finish.
L. Digne
66' GOAALLL! DIGNE SCORES! 3-1 ASTON VILLA! Dixon had a brilliant first half but has struggled in the second. Coming forward to meet the ball, the goalkeeper left the near post open, with the Frenchman slotting the ball in.
65' Watkins has been judged to be offside once again. However, on this occasion, he was inside his own half.
D. Ings
Penalty Goal
63' GOAAALL! INGS SCORES! 2-1 ASTON VILLA! Composed, Ings took responsibility after winning the penalty. Sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, the striker sent the ball to the left of the goal.
Douglas Luiz
Yellow Card
62' Luiz was involved in an altercation and receives a yellow card.
E. Kachunga
Yellow Card
62' Kachunga gets a yellow, looking to unnerve Ings who is taking the penalty.
J. Dixon
Yellow Card
61' Dixon gets a yellow card for his challenge on Ings, the penalty is to be taken soon.
60' PENALTY! Ings looks to go round Dixon and is cleared out by the goalkeeper. The striker was played in by Coutinho and looked fractionally offside.
58' McGinn looks for Watkins for the first time this half, but his pass is too heavy and goes to Dixon.
55' POST! Ings has his best chance of the game. The pass from Watkins was weighted perfectly, with the ball rolling to the former Southampton striker. Bearing down on goal, his low shot slams the post.
54' Kamara has conceded four fouls so far but is yet to receive a yellow card.
53' Another chance for Villa. Coutinho slipped the ball into Digne who curled the ball wide. Shooting with the right foot, the defender would have been happier if the ball landed on his left.
50' Crossed in by Digne, Watkins was beaten to the ball by Dixon. His punch landed at the feet of Luiz, who missed the ball completely - much to the frustration of Ings.
48' John goes close. His whipped free-kick had Martínez diving as the ball goes just wide of the post.
47' The first chance of the half comes Bolton's way. Kachunga latched onto the ball after Chambers misjudged it, but his shot was blocked by Mings.
46' The game restarts for the second half.
For Bolton, it should be more of the same. Clinical in attack, the home side should count themselves unlucky that they do not have their clean sheet intact. They have frustrated Villa, with McGinn's direct passes often landing into the gloves of Dixon. For the visitors, they should be more patient. Balls into Watkins have been forced, often resulting in a loss of possession. With Buendia, Ramsey, Bailey and Archer on the bench, they have enough quality to change the game when needed.
It's equal at the break, with Villa likely to be the happier of the two sides. The hosts took the lead through Charles after Lee dispossessed Luiz on the edge of the box and squared the ball to the striker who had a simple finish. Bolton's best player in the first half, goalkeeper Dixon was caught out by Luiz for the Villa equaliser. Direct from the corner, the midfielder's curling corner looped over the head of Dixon and into the net.
45' + 2' John's ball into the box was nodded away by Mings.
45' + 1' Bolton will have the last chance of the half with a free-kick in a crossing position.
45' + 1' Coutinho looks for Watkins with a lobbed ball forward. His pass is collected by Dixon, but the forward looked offside anyway.
44' This time, Dixon was ready for the corner from Luiz, punching the ball away from danger.
43' Luiz has his first corner since scoring.
42' Aston Villa have won three of their last four meetings with Bolton in all competitions, winning home and away against them the last time they met in the 2018-19 Championship campaign.
38' Bolton respond well. Afolayan's cross is met by Kachunga, but he could only direct his header into the palms of Martinez.
Douglas Luiz
36' GOAAALL! LUIZ SCORES! 1-1! Dixon has been brilliant so far but has been caught out by Luiz. His inswinging corner goes straight in.
33' Bradley's corner was met by the head of Kachunga, whose effort was blocked by Young. Ambitious handball shouts from the home crowd were waved away by the referee.
32' Villa have a clear plan. McGinn and Kamara keep looking to lob the ball over the top of the Bolton defence for Watkins to run onto. The striker is quicker than his markers, but Dixon's advanced position allows him to get to the ball first and clear it away.
29' The Brazilian hits the wall with his effort. It was poor, going into the midriff of those looking to block his shot.
28' Coutinho is fouled on the edge of the box. It's within shooting distance.
K. Lee
24' Luiz protests that he was fouled in the build-up by Lee, but the referee ignores his claims. Lee selflessly squares the ball to Charles, who could not have had a more simple finish.
D. Charles
24' GOOAAAL! CHARLES SCORES! 1-0 BOLTON! Down the left, Lee battled to win the ball, putting the ball on a plate for Charles who taps it in from close range.
23' BIG CHANCE! One-on-one with the goalkeeper, Watkins looked to round Dixon, who pushed the ball away. With the ball falling to Ings, his shot was poked in by Watkins, who was in an offside position.
21' John calls Martinez into action. Crossing from the left, his ball in travelled at pace towards the goalkeeper, who caught it well.
20' CHANCE! Young played the ball to the feet of Ings inside the box. Striking low towards goal, his shot was parried away by Dixon.
19' Offside! McGinn's looping pass fell to the feet of Ings who chipped the ball over the goalkeeper. Passing the ball into the net, the flag was raised. Ings did not look surprised.
16' After the corner from Digne was cleared, Young attempted to put the ball back into the box, but his pass was hit with too much power.
15' Watkins and Luiz link up on the right, with the Brazilian's cross cleared away for a corner.
G. Johnston
Yellow Card
13' A strong challenge from Johnston on Watkins gets him a yellow card. He will have to be careful now.
12' Coutinho looks for Watkins with a looping ball. However, there was too much power on the pass, with Dixon clearing the danger.
11' Coutinho has another shot from outside the box. The Brazilian ignores Ings and has a go himself, but his effort is tame and goes straight at the goalkeeper.
10' A much changed Bolton side have held their own so far. Bradley has caused Digne some problems early on.
7' Coutinho responds with a shot of his own, but his curling effort from outside the box goes straight at the goalkeeper.
5' Bolton have the first shot of the game. Kachunga sets his sights from outside the box, but his low shot whistles wide.
4' This time it is Coutinho who looks for a searching pass into the box, but the pass has too much power and evades Luiz.
2' McGinn looks for the run of Ings in the box, but his pass is intercepted.
1' We're underway at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Bolton have progressed from both of their previous League Cup ties against Aston Villa, winning 5-4 on aggregate in the 2003-04 semi-final, and 2-0 at Villa Park in September 2011.
Villa name a strong team, with Martinez retaining his starting spot. Chambers, Young, Luiz, Ings and Coutinho come into the side, with Cash, Konsa, Ramsey, Bailey and Buendia dropping to the bench.
Bolton have made six changes to the side defeated by Sheffield Wednesday on the weekend. Trafford makes way in goal, with Dixon replacing him. Aimson, Lee, John, Kachunga and Charles also come into the team.
VILLA SUBS: Robin Olsen, Emiliano Buendia, Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Leon Bailey, Jacob Ramsey, Cameron Archer, Tim Iroegbunam, Josh Feeney.
ASTON VILLA (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez; Ashley Young, Calum Chambers, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne; John McGinn, Boubacar Kamara, Douglas Luiz; Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, Philippe Coutinho.
BOLTON SUBS: George Thomason, Gethin Jones, Kieran Sadlier, Amadou Bakayoko, Kyle Dempsey, Aaron Morley, Jack Iredale, James Trafford.
BOLTON (3-4-1-2): Joel Dixon; Will Aimson, Ricardo Santos, George Johnston; Conor Bradley, Kieran Lee, Michael Jordan Williams, Declan John; Oladapo Afolayan; Elias Kachunga, Dion Charles.
Aston Villa have had a tricky start to their Premier League campaign, winning one and losing two of their opening three matches. They will also be looking to recover from a recent defeat, with Crystal Palace beating them 3-1 at Selhurst Park. Last season, Villa reached the third round of the EFL Cup, where they lost to Chelsea on penalties.
League One side Bolton started their season well, winning two and drawing two of their first four games. However, they lost 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday at home last time out. They progressed to the second round of the EFL Cup after beating Salford City 5-1, with Elias Kachunga, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Kieran Sadlier, Conor Bradley and Dapo Afolayan all scoring. Bolton were knocked out of the competition at this stage last term, losing to Wigan Athletic on penalties.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the EFL Cup clash between Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa.