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Carling Cup: Aston Villa jeered off as Bolton ease through

Aston Villa 0 Bolton Wanderers 2: Bolton ended Alex McLeish's grip on the Carling Cup as second-half goals from Chris Eagles and Gael Kakuta sealed victory over Aston Villa in a third-round tie.

McLeish, who guided Birmingham to the trophy last season, could have few complaints at the outcome as Eagles and Kakuta confirmed the Trotters superiority.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle made nine changes but his side were still dominant in inflicting a first defeat of the campaign on a Villa side that was close to full strength.

The final whistle was the signal for loud boos from the Villa fans in the 22,261 crowd.

Only Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor posed a threat for the visitors whose goalkeeper Adam Bogdan was not seriously tested until the 87th minute.

Skipper Stiliyan Petrov lacked support in midfield and Bolton looked hungrier and more composed as they sealed a place in the last 16.

After 54 minutes Eagles gave Bolton the lead when the former Manchester United man hammered a powerful drive past Given from 20 yards out.

Kakuta sealed the win for Bolton when he drilled a powerful shot past Given from a Ricardo Gardner free-kick.

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