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Game #5666

Aston Villa

Lost

8th (-1)

Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥

Saturday, 6 May 2023

Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Molineux

Attendance: 31,641

Wolverhampton Wanderers

1-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Relegation threatened Wolves score early and have chances as Villa relentlessly push forward but Unai Emery’s men can’t make the breakthrough. Villa fall to 8th in the table after successive defeats, both extremely unfortunate.

KEY MAN

Emiliano Buendía, forced an outstanding save and pushed Villa forward against a physical and defensive Wolves.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 6 May 2023

🥅 | 9’ Goal, 0-1, (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tote António Gomes
🟨 | 39’ Booking, Tyrone Mings
🕒 | HT Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Aston Villa
🔁 | 46’ Sub off, Bertrand Traoré, Sub on, Leon Bailey
🟨 | 63’ Booking, Ollie Watkins for a bad foul
🔁 | 65’ Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, Diego Carlos
🟨 | 75’ Booking, Douglas Luiz for a bad foul
🔁 | 81’ Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Jhon Durán
🔁 | 85’ Sub off, Álex Moreno, Sub on, Lucas Digne
🔁 | 86’ Sub off, Douglas Luiz, Sub on, Boubacar Kamara
🕒 | FT Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

John McGinn makes his 180th appearance for the club, rubbing shoulders now with another midfield dynamo from the 1990’s - Kevin Richardson.

Meanwhile Ashley Young makes his 245th appearance, Tyrone Mings his 160th start and Ezri Konsa his 135th appearance and 130th start whilst Emiliano Buendía hits 75 appearances and 50 starts for the club.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Wolverhampton Wanderers

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1979-80

FIXTURE HISTORY

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Previous 5 vs. Wolves: 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟨

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2022-23 |
Matchday | #38 |
League Game | #35 |
Manager Game | #24 |
Saturday, 6 May 2023
Attendance | 31,641 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee: Stuart Attwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Nuneaton, 2007-
Kick off: 3.00pm
Half Time Score: 🟥 0-1
Full Time Result: 🟥 Lost
Full Time Score: 🟥 0-1
Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 24 | 🟩 | 13 🟨 | 3 🟥 8 | 1.75

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Stuart Attwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Nuneaton, 2007-
Matches Officiated: 15
🟩 : 8
🟨 : 4
🟥 : 3
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 2 Oct 22, Villa 0-0 Leeds (a)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Simon Long, James Mainwaring.
Fourth official: Steve Martin.
VAR: Tony Harrington.
Assistant VAR: Steve Meredith.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

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TEAM NEWS

Bertrand Traoré makes his first start since January 2022 in place of Leander Dendoncker. Meanwhile there are returns to the squad after long term injury for Philippe Coutinho, Leon Bailey and Boubacar Kamara.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 28.30 |
Bench Average Age: | 27.63 |
Squad Average Age: | 27.97 |
Subs Average Age: | 25.72 |
Oldest Starter: W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 37.85 |
Youngest Starter: M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.95 |
Oldest Squad Player: W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 37.85 |
Youngest Squad Player: CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | 19.41 |
Oldest Substitute: CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 | 30.16 |
Youngest Substitute: CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | 19.41 |

MANAGER

Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
LB Álex Moreno | 🇪🇸 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |

MANAGER

Julen Lopetegui | 🇪🇸 |

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

GK José Pedro Malheiro de Sá | 🇵🇹 |
CB Craig Dawson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Max Kilman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tote António Gomes | 🇵🇹 | ⚽ | 🟨 |
RB Nélson Cabral Semedo | 🇵🇹 | 🟨 |
M Matheus Nunes | 🇵🇹 | 🔁 |
M Rúben Neves | 🇵🇹 |
M Mario Lemina | 🇬🇦 |
W Pedro Lomba Neto | 🇵🇹 | 🔁 |
CF Matheus Cunha | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
CF Diego Costa | 🇪🇸 | 🟨 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | for W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | 46’ |
🔁 CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 | for RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 65’ |
🔁 CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | for W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | 81’ |
🔁 LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | for LB Álex Moreno | 🇪🇸 | 85’ |
🔁 M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | for M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | 86’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CF Hwang Hee-Chan | 🇰🇷 | for CF Matheus Cunha | 🇧🇷 | 68’ |
🔁 | W Adama Traoré | (ex) | 🇪🇸 | for CF Diego Costa | 🇪🇸 | 83’ |
🔁 | CB Nathan Collins | 🇮🇪 | for W Pedro Lomba Neto | 🇵🇹 | 83’ |
🔁 | M João Moutinho | 🇵🇹 | for M Matheus Nunes | 🇵🇹 | 89’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 |
M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Daniel Bentley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Rayan Aït-Nouri | 🇫🇷 |
M João Gomes | 🇧🇷 |
W Daniel Castelo Podence | 🇵🇹 |
W Pablo Sarabia | 🇪🇸 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £159.33m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £98.35m
Team Cost: £257.68m
Squad Cost: £292.33m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/20
Homegrown: 1/20

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £121.29m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 2/11
Homegrown: ⭕/11
Subs Cost: £59.32m
Team Cost: £180.61m
Squad Cost: £229.74m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 3/20
Homegrown: ⭕/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | £19.58m |
GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 | £3.15m |

LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | £27.00m |
LB Álex Moreno | 🇪🇸 | £12.00m |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 | £27.90m |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £11.97m |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | £18.00m |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | £15.12m |
M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | £13.50m |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £2.79m |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | Free |

W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | £34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | £28.80m |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | £16.56m |

CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £27.72m |
CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | £14.65m |

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK José Pedro Malheiro de Sá | 🇵🇹 | £7.20m |
GK Daniel Bentley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £0.50m |

RB Nélson Cabral Semedo | 🇵🇹 | £28.80m |
LB Rayan Aït-Nouri | 🇫🇷 | £9.99m |

CB Nathan Collins | 🇮🇪 | £21.53m |
CB Craig Dawson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £3.32m |
CB Tote António Gomes | 🇵🇹 | £0.69m |
CB Max Kilman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

M Matheus Nunes | 🇵🇹 | £39.88m |
M João Gomes | 🇧🇷 | £16.57m |
M Rúben Neves | 🇵🇹 | £15.86m |
M Mario Lemina | 🇬🇦 | £9.75m |
M João Moutinho | 🇵🇹 | £5.04m |

W Adama Traoré | (ex) | 🇪🇸 | £17.72m |
W Daniel Castelo Podence | 🇵🇹 | £17.64m |
W Pedro Lomba Neto | 🇵🇹 | £15.79m |
W Pablo Sarabia | 🇪🇸 | £4.43m |

CF Matheus Cunha | 🇧🇷 | Loan |
CF Diego Costa | 🇪🇸 | Free |
CF Hwang Hee-Chan | 🇰🇷 | £15.03m |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Achilles, 6 Aug 2022 [38]
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 | Calf, 1 Apr 2023 [8]

Unregistered | 1 |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Out On Loan | 12 |
M Finn Azaz | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Plymouth
CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Levante
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cardiff
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Watford
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Kilmarnock
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | QPR
CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Middlesbrough
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 | Strasbourg
CF Louie Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Salford City
M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Middlesbrough
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | Luton Town
CB Lamare Bogarde | 🇳🇱 | Bristol Rovers

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Half


M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 62%
Possession A | 38%
Shots F | 16
Shots A | 6
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 20

MATCH QUOTES

“I was very happy in the first half, not with the result but with how we played. We had control of the ball and stopped their high press. We had chances but we didn’t score and we spoke about keeping the same idea in the second half. “We tried to keep going in our game plan and we did it by controlling the game with positioning and good progress with passes, trying to stop their high pressing. Then it was about getting in the box and taking corners and taking chances. The first half, I think, we played like we were speaking and I told them I like to watch our team playing like that. Of course the result is the most important. I think the way to get a good result is like that [in the first half]. “If I can take off the result, I can be happy. We played differently today than we did at Brentford and Man Utd. We controlled the game better but in the first half I told them I want to watch my team playing like that. “The second half was a little bit different because the match was slower. We had three chances to score in the first half and two in the second. Maybe the fair result was a draw. “In the second half the rhythm was going down. They were trying to waste time and we didn’t get our best performances trying to play like the first half. It was more difficult. They started the second half getting good chances, it was a good save from Emiliano. We tried to draw and change the match but we didn’t do it. “They [Wolves] had chances in the second half and we had one very good chance but the key was to score and to try to take the game but we are still keeping chances. We are three points behind Tottenham but we play them at home next week and, in front of our supporters, we will try again and keep the European chance still open. “They [Wolves] have to play to get off the bottom and they have a game plan at home. They scored quickly but we played the match by trying to keep calm and trying to make our passes to the box. “We were playing at a high level and winning a lot of points but the last three matches away we played a bit worse. Today, we deserved more. That is the team I want to see in the first half. “The result is disappointing but, overall, we have to be excited and the position we are in, we could not have dreamed of three months ago. We have to play three matches but the next match against Tottenham is our final. “Overall, we are still making chances but we are disappointed. We appreciate the supporters and next week we will try to get to our target. “After that match we will be frustrated a little bit but I think the way we were showing in the first half - it’s the way I want. Diego Carlos also coming back is good news after a long injury. It’s fantastic for the team and for him. “Then we are still keeping chances for a European position. Of course after this result less but we are going to play against Tottenham next week, three points difference and at home, we have to be excited because three months ago we were thinking about a different target and now we have it [top half]. “Two weeks ago it was better for us, the possibilities [of Europe]. But still we can take it. We will play next week to try and really prepare and enjoy with our supporters at home because, for us, our season isn’t finished. “I want to play matches like that. Like today, like last week against Manchester United and next week against Tottenham - playing for a new target in front. We will try for the European position and it’s true we have four finals - today we play one, we are reducing our chances but we still have chances for next week. “I think today’s result is not for that [fatigue in a small squad]. I think we had some chances and we didn’t take them, playing maybe under less control of the game. We achieved some points but, today, we played better and we didn’t do it. I can change my idea and I think this is the way. I want to continue working in this way. To be competitive like we have been, sometimes it’s enough and sometimes it’s not enough. Today wasn’t enough. It was one goal from a set piece. Then we reduced their possibilities to attack our box. “We reduced a lot by keeping ball possession, keeping good positioning and took control of the game with the ball and that is the way. We have to improve and add different tactical works. Each match is difficult. We are excited because even after this defeat we still have chances [for Europe]. “Manchester United last week and today, maybe we played better than some matches where we’ve won before. Sometimes we have to be clinical, of course. We have to improve as well being more competitive in moments in the game - for example today the two starts to the first half and second half. It was not good for us, they scored and had chances. This is one thing I want to analyse with the players. Overall, the game plan we did like we prepared for before. “Tyrone’s chances were the best. We had more chances in the first half but were not as clear than Tyrone’s chances. But it’s football. The most important thing is how we can improve and do our way - try to be stronger in our structure, trying to get our style clearer. Today, in this process, we added something more but with the result it’s not completely.” Unai Emery. “We are a bit frustrated. We played pretty well and controlled much of the match but Wolves are string at home and a threat from set pieces. They made it difficult for us but we had our chances and on another day we could be going home with a point. “It makes it tougher. It makes it extremely difficult now but we have three games left and we will try to win all three. We need to react positively and we will asses it the same way we assessed games in the positive run we were on.” John McGinn.

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 6 May 2023

**Toti scored his first Wolves goal as Julen Lopetegui’s side beat European hopefuls Aston Villa at Molineux to banish any lingering fears of Premier League relegation.** The hard-fought victory lifts Lopetegui’s team to 40 points, 10 clear of 18th-placed Nottingham Forest, who have four games left to play. Portuguese centre-back Toti gave Wolves the lead inside 10 minutes, sending a towering header beyond Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez via the underside of the crossbar. The visitors dominated possession and went close to equalising in the first half through Emiliano Buendia and Ollie Watkins, before Ashley Young steered a low, curling shot past Jose Sa’s right-hand post early in the second half. Tyrone Mings blazed Douglas Luiz’s delivery over the crossbar as Villa applied heavy pressure late on, but the hosts held firm to claim a fourth consecutive home league victory and a fourth successive clean sheet in front of their own fans. Villa stay eighth but have now played three games more than seventh-placed Brighton, who are one point ahead and host struggling Everton on Monday. Wolves bounce back from Brighton debacle Before the game, Lopetegui said his players would need to deliver a near-perfect performance to match an Aston Villa side enjoying a new lease of life under Unai Emery. While the hosts’ display was far from error free, the result was the ideal antidote to last Saturday’s humbling defeat by Brighton at Amex Stadium and all but confirms their place in the top flight next season. Wolves’ high press forced an early corner from which Toti rose above Jacob Ramsey to break the deadlock, while a combination of dogged defending and inspired goalkeeping kept Villa at bay at the other end. The home side did have opportunities to double their lead, Matheus Cunha firing over the bar from Diego Costa’s knockdown before the former Chelsea striker shot straight at Martinez not long after half-time. Matheus Nunes perhaps should have given Wolves a two-goal cushion from Pedro Neto’s low cross, but he failed to connect with his compatriot’s delivery. Wolves have now registered seven wins from their nine Premier League fixtures at Molineux in 2023 - only Manchester City and Manchester United have a better record on home soil. They last recorded four consecutive top-flight home wins in April 1975. Villa fading after excellent run Aston Villa’s momentum under Emery has stalled recently, with Saturday’s defeat coming six days after a 1-0 reverse to Manchester United at Old Trafford. However, with games against fellow European hopefuls Tottenham, Liverpool and Brighton to come, Villa’s hopes of securing continental football next season remain very much alive. After falling behind to Wolves’ first real attack of the match, Sa produced a marvellous one-handed save to prevent a Buendia half-volley from nestling in the bottom corner. Top scorer Watkins, who is now without a goal in four matches, powered a header straight at Sa from Ramsey’s delivery, while Craig Dawson’s last-ditch tackle prevented the lively Buendia from getting a shot away after skipping past Max Kilman. Emery handed Bertrand Traore his first league start in 16 months at Molineux but it failed to pay off, the former Chelsea and Lyon forward surrendering possession cheaply on several occasions before being hooked at half-time for fit-again Leon Bailey. Mings squandered the visitors’ best chance in the second half, escaping the attention of the Wolves defence but firing Luiz’s free-kick high over the bar from an excellent position. Having scored in 20 previous league games under Emery, Villa have now failed to find the net in back-to-back fixtures under the Spaniard.

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