Game #5452

2017-18

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Position:

Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Molineux

Attendance: 30,239

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Villa lose the first time in nine Championship games as they come up against a team of ringers.

Wolves

2-0

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | None

Assist(s) | None

AT A GLANCE

Game #5452

Season | 2017-18 |
Matchday | #15 |
League Game | #12 |
Manager Game | #51 |
Saturday, 14 October 2017

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 5.30pm |
Referee | Tim Robinson, West Sussex |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 0-2 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | LWWWL |
League Position | 7th | - |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistants: Tim Wood, Mark Dwyer

MATCH INCIDENTS

Tim Robinson

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 |

Wolverhampton Wanderers

None

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 29.21 |

Oldest Player |
CB John Terry | 36.88 |

Youngest Player |
CF Keinan Davis | 19.68 |

TEAM NEWS

One enforced change with the suspended Neil Taylor replaced by Alan Hutton. Steve Bruce had now fielded a consistent line up for five successive matches.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |
M Jack Grealish |
M Mile Jedinak |

Suspended | 1 |
LB Neil Taylor | Three Games |

Loaned Out | 7 |
W Carles Gil |
Deportivo La Coruña |
12 Jul 17 - 30 Jun 18 |

M Aaron Tshibola |
MK Dons |
27 Jul 17 - 9 Nov 17 |

LB Jordan Amavi |
Olympique Marseille |
10 Aug 17 - 30 Jun 18 |

CB Kevin Toner |
Stevenage |
24 Aug 17 - 27 Nov 17 |

M Gary Gardner |
Barnsley |
31 Aug 17 - 31 May 18 |

GK Matija Šarkić |
Wigan Athletic |
31 Aug 17 - 7 Jan 18 |

CF Ross McCormack |
Melbourne City |
29 Sep 17 - 31 Jan 18 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 45%
Possession A | 55%
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 20
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 11

MANAGER

Steve Bruce

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Stephen Clemence
Assistant Manager: Colin Calderwood
Technical Director: Steve Round

STARTING LINE UP

GK Sam Johnstone |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB James Chester |
CB John Terry |
M Glenn Whelan |
M Conor Hourihane |
W Robert Snodgrass |
W Albert Adomah |
CF Keinan Davis |
CF Jonathan Kodjia |

SUBSTITUTES

F Scott Hogan for CF Keinan Davis | 64’ |
M Josh Onomah for W Albert Adomah | 73’ |
F Callum O’Hare for CF Jonathan Kodjia | 79’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
RB Ritchie De Laet
CB Christopher Samba
M Birkir Bjarnason

THE OPPOSITION

GK John Ruddy, RB Matt Doherty, LB Barry Douglas, CB Danny Batth, CB Conor Coady, CB Roderick Miranda, CB Romain Saïss, M Rúben Neves (M Alfred N’Diaye), W Ivan Cavaleiro (M Ben Marshall), W Hélder Costa (CF Léo Bonatini (g)), W Diogo Jota (g).

Manager: Nuno Espírito Santo.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa come up against arguably the best side in the Championship full of Champions League standard players not normally found in the second tier of English football.

In a refreshing twist Steve Bruce - perhaps buoyed by four successive wins - provides an unusually positive and objective verdict on the game much in contrast to his mutterings earlier in the season that had caused such alarm about the hands within which the club was being held.

The returning Alan Hutton can't hold off Champions League players in the Second Tier, 14 October 2017

Source: Unknown.

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MATCH TIMELINE

12’ Booking, Robert Snodgrass
42’ Booking, Conor Hourihane
HT Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Aston Villa
55’ Goal, 0-1, (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
64’ Sub off, CF Keinan Davis, Sub on, F Scott Hogan
71’ Goal, 0-2, (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
73’ Sub off, W Albert Adomah, Sub on, M Josh Onomah
79’ Sub off, CF Jonathan Kodjia, Sub on, F Callum O’Hare
FT Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

“Wolves were better than us. They played very well on the night. The better team won, we have to be honest. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and accept that.

“They played some very good football and, up the top end, they’re a threat. We didn’t do enough going forward until the last 10 or 15 minutes when we were 2-0 down.

“We found it difficult. But there’s a long way to go. A long winter ahead and all to play for. There’s 30-odd games left. We’ll dust ourselves down and go again.”

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 14 October 2017

"Villa’s defeat, in front of Molineux’s biggest crowd of the season, was a first in nine league games for Steve Bruce’s side, who remain seventh."

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 14 October 2017

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*Wolves went top of the Championship with a deserved win against Midlands rivals Aston Villa thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and substitute Leo Bonatini.*

After dominating a goalless first half, Wolves went ahead when a twisting Jota held off three Villa defenders to fire home from inside the area.

Bonatini then added a second with a shot from a tight angle.

But Villa keeper Sam Johnstone also pulled off a terrific double save to deny the two Wolves goalscorers.

Villa’s defeat, in front of Molineux’s biggest crowd of the season, was a first in nine league games for Steve Bruce’s side, who remain seventh.

Wolves, who have lost only once themselves in that time, now move two points clear of Cardiff City and Sheffield United at the top.

In a thoroughly entertaining first half the home team looked the most likely to score, Romain Saiss going close with a header early on before a sliding challenge from Alan Hutton prevented Helder Costa from bursting through on goal.

Danny Batth then headed over from inside the area before Ruben Neves fired just wide from distance.

The visitors, who drew 1-1 with Wolves in Bruce’s first game in charge at Villa Park a year ago, had their moments too as Jonathan Kodjia and Robert Snodgrass both found space but failed to connect with crosses.

But the best of the chances fell to Nuno’s Wolves, defender Roderick Miranda hitting the side netting from 20 yards before a Neves shot from the edge of the area was turned away by Johnstone.

Wolves took the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Ivan Cavaleiro’s cross eventually found Jota inside the box and his sharp turn gave him the space to fire past Johnstone.

The hosts then doubled their lead when Hutton cleared from the on-rushing Jota only for it to fall to Bonatini, who found the net from a tight angle.

Jota thought he had scored his second when his header was blocked on the line by Johnstone, who then also turned away a follow-up shot from Bonatini.

Snodgrass hit the top of the crossbar with a chipped free-kick and James Chester and Josh Onomah both headed wide late on, but that was all Villa could muster.

*Wolves head coach Nuno told BBC WM:*

“It was the kind of performance that puts you really close to achieving what you want.

“With no game of football are you ever comfortable as anything can happen. But we were in control of the game, threatening and creating chances.

“We were consistent in the way we kept the ball. It came for us in the second half as we did it so well in the first half.”

*Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:*

“Wolves were better than us. They played very well on the night. The better team won, we have to be honest. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and accept that.

“They played some very good football and, up the top end, they’re a threat. We didn’t do enough going forward until the last 10 or 15 minutes when we were 2-0 down.

“We found it difficult. But there’s a long way to go. A long winter ahead and all to play for. There’s 30-odd games left. We’ll dust ourselves down and go again.”

*Wolves went top of the Championship with a deserved win against Midlands rivals Aston Villa thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and substitute Leo Bonatini.*

After dominating a goalless first half, Wolves went ahead when a twisting Jota held off three Villa defenders to fire home from inside the area.

Bonatini then added a second with a shot from a tight angle.

But Villa keeper Sam Johnstone also pulled off a terrific double save to deny the two Wolves goalscorers.

Villa’s defeat, in front of Molineux’s biggest crowd of the season, was a first in nine league games for Steve Bruce’s side, who remain seventh.

Wolves, who have lost only once themselves in that time, now move two points clear of Cardiff City and Sheffield United at the top.

In a thoroughly entertaining first half the home team looked the most likely to score, Romain Saiss going close with a header early on before a sliding challenge from Alan Hutton prevented Helder Costa from bursting through on goal.

Danny Batth then headed over from inside the area before Ruben Neves fired just wide from distance.

The visitors, who drew 1-1 with Wolves in Bruce’s first game in charge at Villa Park a year ago, had their moments too as Jonathan Kodjia and Robert Snodgrass both found space but failed to connect with crosses.

But the best of the chances fell to Nuno’s Wolves, defender Roderick Miranda hitting the side netting from 20 yards before a Neves shot from the edge of the area was turned away by Johnstone.

Wolves took the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Ivan Cavaleiro’s cross eventually found Jota inside the box and his sharp turn gave him the space to fire past Johnstone.

The hosts then doubled their lead when Hutton cleared from the on-rushing Jota only for it to fall to Bonatini, who found the net from a tight angle.

Jota thought he had scored his second when his header was blocked on the line by Johnstone, who then also turned away a follow-up shot from Bonatini.

Snodgrass hit the top of the crossbar with a chipped free-kick and James Chester and Josh Onomah both headed wide late on, but that was all Villa could muster.

*Wolves head coach Nuno told BBC WM:*

“It was the kind of performance that puts you really close to achieving what you want.

“With no game of football are you ever comfortable as anything can happen. But we were in control of the game, threatening and creating chances.

“We were consistent in the way we kept the ball. It came for us in the second half as we did it so well in the first half.”

*Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:*

“Wolves were better than us. They played very well on the night. The better team won, we have to be honest. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and accept that.

“They played some very good football and, up the top end, they’re a threat. We didn’t do enough going forward until the last 10 or 15 minutes when we were 2-0 down.

“We found it difficult. But there’s a long way to go. A long winter ahead and all to play for. There’s 30-odd games left. We’ll dust ourselves down and go again.”