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Aston Villa 4-1 Wolves

Albert Adomah scores Aston Villa's opening goal against Wolves
Albert Adomah's goal was his 15th in all competitions for Aston Villa this season

Leaders Wolves fell to their heaviest Championship defeat of the season as they were taken apart by Aston Villa.

After Albert Adomah's early close-range strike for Villa, Wolves' top scorer Diogo Jota levelled in similar fashion.

But two goals in five second-half minutes from James Chester and Lewis Grabban were added to by Birkir Bjarnason's late fourth.

Coupled with Cardiff's home win earlier in the day, the defeat left Wolves three points clear at the top.

Perhaps equally importantly, third-placed Villa's avenging of their 2-0 derby defeat at Molineux in October cut the deficit on Wolves to seven points with 10 games left to play.

Villa cashed in a bright start when they went ahead from Robert Snodgrass' left-wing corner. Wolves captain Danny Batth sliced his attempted clearance of Mile Jedinak's header and the ball fell for Adomah, who got in ahead of Grabban to slide home his 14th league goal this season from a yard out.

If that was decidedly scrappy, so was Wolves' equaliser.

After a close escape when home skipper John Terry had to hook away from underneath his own bar, Wolves then attacked down the right through Matt Doherty, who nutmegged Neil Taylor before sending in a wicked low cross.

Chester could only got a toe on it to divert it away from goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and the alert Jota bundled his way in ahead of Elmohamady to net his 13th league goal of the season.

At half-time the match could have gone either way, but Villa went back in front after 57 minutes with the first of two quick-fire strikes, when Chester got on the end of another Snodgrass left-wing delivery to turn in his second goal in five days.

Five minutes later, from Adomah's left-wing cross from the byline, January loan signing Grabban arrived at the near post to get in ahead of Willy Boly and steer in his 16th of the season - and fourth for Villa in successive games.

And there was still time for the solo goal of the game when Iceland international Bjarnarson waltzed past three players before toe-poking home from 18 yards.

Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC Sport:

"We played very well and we needed to against a decent team. It was a great advert for the Championship. There's 10 games to go and we've given ourselves a chance

"Wolves have got some very good players. How they got here, that's another question that I don't want to get involved with.

"But we've got some good players too. We're a threat going forward and they all put a shift in defensively too.

"The only thing I demand from anyone who plays for me is that you have to put a shift in. I don't mind a mistake. The key for me is to work hard and we worked as a team - but we have to keep doing that."

Wolves head coach Nuno told BBC Sport:

"We made mistakes we should not do and they changed the game.

"I organise my thoughts and I try to analyse. We try to see what went wrong and get it right for the next game.

"We need the support of the fans at Molineux on Tuesday night (against Reading). There is pain for everyone right now and we need to bounce back."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 5Chester
  • 26Terry
  • 3Taylor
  • 15Jedinak
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 10GrealishBooked at 83mins
  • 14HourihaneBooked at 79minsSubstituted forLansburyat 81'minutes
  • 37AdomahBooked at 44minsSubstituted forBjarnasonat 75'minutes
  • 45GrabbanSubstituted forHoganat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lansbury
  • 9Hogan
  • 16Bree
  • 18Onomah
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 31Bunn
  • 39Davis

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 6BatthBooked at 37minsSubstituted forSaissat 68'minutes
  • 16CoadyBooked at 73mins
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 4A N'DiayeBooked at 55mins
  • 8Neves
  • 3Douglas
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forAfobeat 67'minutes
  • 33Bonatini
  • 18JotaBooked at 39minsSubstituted forCostaat 76'minutesBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 5Bennett
  • 17Costa
  • 19Afobe
  • 24Gibbs-White
  • 25Miranda
  • 27Saiss
  • 31Norris
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
37,836

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Léo Bonatini.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa).

Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Hogan replaces Lewis Grabban.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

Booking

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Henri Lansbury replaces Conor Hourihane.

Booking

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Booking

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ahmed El Mohamady.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Diogo Jota.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Birkir Bjarnason replaces Albert Adomah.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by James Chester.

Attempt blocked. Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Douglas.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

Attempt blocked. Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saiss replaces Danny Batth.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Benik Afobe replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves36237663323176
2Cardiff36227755302573
3Aston Villa36209760332769
4Fulham371911764392568
5Derby361613755342161
6Middlesbrough371871253351861
7Bristol City371513953421158
8Preston37141584637957
9Sheff Utd36175144943656
10Millwall371413104437755
11Brentford3614111152421053
12Ipswich36157144744352
13Leeds37148154951-250
14Norwich361212123741-448
15Nottm Forest36135184354-1144
16QPR361110154052-1243
17Sheff Wed37814153951-1238
18Hull36812165056-636
19Reading36812164251-936
20Bolton37812173256-2436
21Barnsley36711183653-1732
22Birmingham3786232557-3230
23Burton3679202662-3630
24Sunderland37513193866-2828
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