An injury-stricken Aston Villa side fell to a 2-1 loss at Molineux in the Premier League as Wolves continued their unbeaten run.
Dean Smith had to name a side without three big players for Villa. Some would go as far to say it was three of our five players described as our ‘spine’. Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels and captain jack Grealish were all missing.
The manager kept with the same side that lost to Liverpool last weekend apart from the enforced changes. Jed Steer and Ezri Konsa came into the line-up.
Neves gives Wolves the lead
A first-half strike from Ruben Neves handed Wolves a slender advantage before an interval that Dean Smith admitted he would’ve made three alterations in, had it not been for an injury crisis.
Tyrone Mings gave away a silly foul outside of the box. A well-worked free-kick found an unmarked Neves who slotted his shot in the back of the net.
Smith was forced to make further early changes as the problems continued. Jed Steer and Matt Targett were forced off with injuries. Orjan Nyland and Neil Taylor replaced the injured pair.
Villa struggled to find any sort of confidence or belief to breakdown Nuno Espirito Santo’s well-drilled Wolves in the first 45 minutes.
In a half described as comparable to that of Wigan away last season, Smith was however pleased with Villa’s reaction in the second period.
Though after conceding another late goal through Raul Jimenez, the points were in the bag for a Wolves team who didn’t have to get out of second gear for much of the afternoon. Many questioned why Douglas Luis didn’t do more to prevent former Villan Adama Traore from driving into the box but it just wasn’t to be for Villa.
A late comeback was potentially on the cards when Trezeguet struck home across Rui Patricio’s goal on the 92nd minute.
But the hosts held out to claim their first home win over Villa in the Premier League since 2011.
After the third international break of the campaign, Villa will welcome Steve Bruce back to Villa Park with his in-form Newcastle side, to contest three points with the Magpies.