Villa go fourth with victory
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England duo Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young were at the heart of Aston Villa's 4-2 win over Bolton Wanderers that took Martin O'Neill's side into fourth place past Arsenal in the Premier League. The Gunners played Middlesbrough to a 1-1 draw.

Bolton took the lead at Villa Park here on Saturday when Johan Elmander neatly back-heeled home in the 17th minute. But Villa striker Agbonlahor scored the first of his two goals eight minutes later when he controlled Martin Laursen's through-ball before Kevin Davies's own goal put the home side 2-1 in front shortly before half-time. Agbonlahor netted his second after good work by Young before turning provider for his team-mate 12 minutes from the finish. Davies scored at the right end four minutes from time but the damage had long been done.

Gary Megson's visitors went ahead when Davies seized on a loose ball out on the right and crossed for Elmander as the Swede beat goalkeeper Brad Friedel with a backheel for his fifth Premier League goal of the season. It was a goal against the run of play, only the linesman's flag for offside saving Bolton from the pace of winger Young and Agbonlahor. But eventually Agbonlahor stayed on onside to head Laursen's ball away from his marker before beating Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Villa took charge and went ahead when Davies headed a Gareth Barry cross into his own net under challenge from Laursen. They could have been up 3-1 before half-time but referee Lee Probert denied Villa a penalty when Gary Cahill used his arm to clear a corner.

They scored the third goal they deserved on a superb piece of play by Young out on the left touchline. Young made space for himself with a couple of expert turns before whipping in a cross that left Agbonlahor with an easy finish. Agbonlahor repaid the favour and found Young whose deflected shot proved too much for Jaaskelainen.

Bolton came into this match on the back of three straight away wins, a run that had seen Megson named manager of the month. Davies grabbed a consolation goal in the 86th minute when he headed in Gretar Steinsson's right-wing cross.