Aston Villa made it nine wins from their last nine matches thanks to a 2-0 win against Bolton at the University of Bolton Stadium. 

As expected, Villa had the majority of the possession in the first-half, but the final ball, too often than not, was lacking. There was little goalmouth action to talk about in a 45 minutes that won’t live long in the memories of those who watched it.

However, Dean Smith must have had severe words with his players at half-time as his men came out all guns blazing after the break and found themselves ahead with just two minutes of the second-half gone. 

Tammy Abraham collected the ball on the right, ghosted past a couple of Bolton players and then produced a great cross that Jack Grealish headed home from a few yards out. 

Villa all but put the game to bed ten minutes later when Grealish latched on to a great over-the-top ball by John McGinn and then flicked it on for Abraham to bundle over the line for his 25th goal of the season. 

Bolton, to their credit, didn’t throw in the towel and tried to at least score a consolation goal, but they could find no way beyond Villa’s defence and Smith’s men saw the game out without too many scares. 

Here are our Villa player ratings for today’s game against Bolton: