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90' + 5'
Rúben Neves
Goal
2 - 3
85'
C. Coady
L. Dendoncker
2 - 2
80'
R. Saïss
Daniel Podence
2 - 1
68'
J. McGinn
Goal
2 - 0
48'
D. Ings
J. McGinn
1 - 0

Match Stats

Possession
48% 51%
7
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 4
Total Passes 391 415
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Commentary

That's all from a Midlands derby which ended in magnificent mayhem, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
A stunned Villa Park still reverberates to the wild and noisy celebrations of the Wolves fans who have made the short journey to B6. They will return to Wolverhampton buoyed by a memorable comeback win, which keeps momentum building under their new head coach. Villa face Arsenal next, as they look to bounce back from two straight losses, while Wolves travel to Leeds.
With a spirited commitment to attacking principles, Wolves kept grafting until the end and were rewarded by a late, late winner to extend their recent run to four wins in five. Once they had the first goal back, Lage's men went into the ascendancy against a fast-tiring Villa, whose concentration lapsed badly. Though the final goal was highly fortuitous, Wolves - aided by Podence's contribution from the bench - consign their Midlands rivals to back-to-back defeats and leapfrog them in the Premier League table.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: ASTON VILLA 2-3 WOLVES
Rúben Neves
Goal
90' + 5' WOLVES HAVE WON IT! What an incredible fightback from the boys in gold, as Neves' free-kick takes a wicked deflection off Targett - who scored the own goal which saw Villa beaten last time out - and leaves Martinez stranded as it rolls into the net. They looked beaten deep into the second half, but now they've snatched it! VILLA 2-3 WOLVES!
90' + 3' Traore goes down to the turf following a clumsy challenge from Ramsey 20 yards from goal, offering Wolves a good set-piece opportunity to end the match.
90' + 1' There are four minutes of stoppage time to be played, and either side could win this helter-skelter encounter now, as the ball rattles from end to end!
89' Ings can't rise high enough to get above a cross at the back post, and plants his header over the crossbar. That was a presentable chance to claim the winner!
L. Dendoncker
Yellow Card
88' Dendoncker is now yellow-carded for a mistimed tackle on McGinn in midfield.
R. Jiménez
Hwang Hee-Chan
87' Hwang is belatedly replaced by Jimenez, who takes to the pitch in reception of a great roar from the Wolves faithful.
C. Coady
Yellow Card
86' Yellow Card Conor Coady
L. Dendoncker
Assist
85' As the ball bobbled around in the box, Dendoncker got the last touch before Coady forced the ball over the line.
C. Coady
Goal
85' WE ARE LEVEL! Kilman hits the bar with a header, but as the ball is kept alive by Wolves, Saiss battles well to return it into the six-yard box and Coady eventually bundles it home. A great fightback from the visitors! Aston Villa 2-2 Wolves!
O. Watkins
Yellow Card
81' Watkins is the latest man booked, as he is penalised for a foul on Coady.
Daniel Podence
Assist
80' Podence was the instigator of Wolves' first goal, being involved three times in the build-up and providing the telling cross for Saiss to finish.
R. Saïss
Goal
80' WOLVES ARE BACK IN IT! Podence's corner troubles the Villa defence, and he is given another opportunity to deliver from the right. Eventually, the ball drifts back across the box to the Portuguese playmaker, who finds Saiss in the six-yard box. He slides in to convert the cross to make it Villa 2-1 Wolves! All to play for at Villa Park!
A. Young
M. Cash
79' Cash has put in a productive shift today, but now the recently returned Young comes on in his place.
76' Saiss concedes a corner, but Villa's hopes of adding a third are ended by some inaccurate crossing. Then, on the break, Neves goes down under a challenge from Nakamba, earning Wolves a free-kick in the offensive third.
Fábio Silva
João Moutinho
74' Veteran midfielder Moutinho comes off for his compatriot Silva, as Jimenez remains on the bench.
Daniel Podence
Fernando Marçal
74' Marcal has lost his battle with Cash today, and is now withdrawn for Podence.
J. Ramsey
E. Buendía
73' Villa make their second change, as Buendia is replaced by academy prospect Ramsey for the final 15 minutes or so.
70' A series of substitutions could be in the offing soon, as several men on both sides warm up. Lage must do something radical to turn this game around now!
J. McGinn
Goal
68' VILLA GO TWO UP! A disastrous defensive intervention by Hwang, who presents the ball to Watkins on the edge of the Wolves area, sees the striker's powerful shot blocked and fall to the expectant feet of McGinn. The midfield dynamo takes a touch and fires in a thumping left-footed strike, leaving Sa stranded and nestling into the back of the net. A great strike to give the hosts a potentially decisive lead: Villa 2-0 Wolves!
M. Nakamba
Douglas Luiz
67' Having returned to English soil only yesterday after a busy week, Luiz is withdrawn for Nakamba in the home side's midfield.
65' A characteristic turn by McGinn in central midfield earns the Scot a yard of space and he uses it well to find the marauding Cash on the right side of the area. However, the wing-back again lifts his effort well over the crossbar.
63' A spell of Wolves pressure comes to a disappointing end, as Neves mishits a cross from the left and it drifts well wide of a packed penalty area.
T. Mings
Yellow Card
61' Mings apparently delays too long ahead of a long free-kick upfield, and the referee decides that such stalling should be classified as time-wasting. Therefore, the Villa skipper goes into the book.
58' Neves does well to read a Watkins back-post run, as the England striker seeks to get on the end of a long crossfield free-kick but is thwarted by his Wolves counterpart.
57' Wolves are enjoying some possession in enemy territory now, as a series of sloppy Aston Villa clearances repeatedly gift the ball back to Bruno Lage's men.
55' Watkins must settle for a corner after a tricky run gets him past most of the Wolves defence, but Saiss makes a block. The subsequent set-piece is gathered without much fuss by Sa, though.
53' The gold shirts are pressing forward now, but Traore's attempt from the edge of box is charged down by Luiz, who flings himself in the way of the ex-Villa winger's powerful strike.
Rúben Neves
Yellow Card
51' The first booking of the match goes to Neves, following a foul on Watkins near the centre-circle.
J. McGinn
Assist
48' Having brilliantly rolled Saiss on the right, McGinn puts over an accurate cross for Ings to head into the net for Villa's first goal.
D. Ings
Goal
48' VILLA GO AHEAD! A clever late run from Ings finds the striker a sliver of space between Kilman and Coady, and he firmly nods home a clipped cross from McGinn on the right-hand side. That was a classic fox-in-the-box goal. Villa 1-0 Wolves!
47' McGinn plays Targett in at the back post, but the wing-back takes a heavy touch and the chance is lost when he misplaces his pass from the byline. 
46' After a delayed return from the Wolves team, we are back under way at Villa Park!
At the interval, Aston Villa are ahead on attempts - with eight shots on goal to Wolves' three - and have also passed more accurately, plus enjoyed 10% more possession. They will seek to maintain that edge after the break, as they aim for three points which would take them four clear of their Midlands rivals in the table.
Though a series of presentable chances came and went, this West Midlands derby has been an affair which has yet to catch light. Both teams have set up similarly in terms of formation, and their wide men have been most prominent in creating opportunities so far. Certainly, Villa have had the better of it, as Wolves' front two look disjointed without the link-up play of Jimenez, who will surely appear during the second half.
45' + 3' ASTON VILLA 0-0 WOLVES
45' + 1' As an indication of the advanced roles the wing-backs have played today, Semedo's opposite number Cash is caught offside during the first of three minutes of stoppage time.
44' Wolves are frustrated again, as Semedo is flagged offside when the ball finds him on the right side of Villa's area. It looks as though we could be heading to the break goalless here in Birmingham.
42' Watkins tees up Cash with a clever layoff on the edge of the box, but the Villa wing-back slashes his shot off target and into the stands. However, the former Nottingham Forest man is causing Wolves plenty of problems on the right.
40' Despite Mings' efforts to hold off the advances of Semedo, the Villa captain concedes a corner on the left side of the pitch. Again, though, Wolves' delivery is wayward and the chance to threaten Martinez's goal goes begging.
38' A promising Villa move is halted when Watkins levers Coady off the ball in the area, and the referee blows for a Wolves free-kick.
36' The visitors have edged up the pitch and enjoyed a greater share of the ball in more advanced territory for the last few minutes, as Villa's pace of play has dropped.
34' Wolves earn their first corner after Mings is forced to intervene at the near post. However, Moutinho's cross can't beat the first man and the chance is eventually lost.
32' Martinez is seeking to prolong a record of having kept a clean sheet in all three of his Premier League games against Wolves, and has made a good start in that pursuit today.
30' GOOD SAVE MARTINEZ! Villa's Argentina international is called into action unexpectedly, as he uses his leg to block a Traore strike, following a typical solo run from the pacy Spanish forward. Surely this game's first goal is not far away now!
28' Aston Villa are ascendant at the moment, as Saiss and Neves are both forced to hurriedly clear their lines. During the last 10 minutes, Wolves have been pinned inside their defensive third and are struggling for possession.
25' SHARP STOP! On the half-turn, Buendia slots a delightful ball through the Wolves defence to find Ings in space. The former Southampton striker spurns a golden opportunity though, as his close-range shot is imprecise and allows Sa to get down low and palm the ball away.
23' GOOD EFFORT! Following McGinn's spectacular attempt, his midfield partner Luiz gets in on the act with a right-footed shot from outside the box, which rises over the crossbar. Cash was again involved in the build-up.
21' Another coruscating Cash run ends in a whipped cross from the right, which Buendia puts just wide on the half-volley. Villa are getting closer to an opening goal.
19' Kilman makes a sharp interception just outside his own box, which inadvertently sets up a counter-attack for Wolves, though it ultimately comes to nothing.
17' Villa have improved considerably on home turf of late, and the Birmingham club are unbeaten in their last five home games: their longest run without a Premier League defeat at Villa Park since 2011.
15' Clearly fired up after his goal attempt, McGinn collides clumsily with Traore and concedes a free-kick in central midfield. However, Wolves are unable to retain possession for long and have been the side defending most so far in a pleasingly open game.
13' ALMOST! McGinn rarely needs a second invitation to take a long-range strike, and the Scotland midfielder fires a left-footed shot just wide after a neat headed pass from Luiz just outside the area.
11' A customary long throw from Cash ends up being switched to the left, from where a speculative cross finds Konsa, who nods tamely into Sa's outstretched gloves.
10' A slightly shaken Neves is finally ready to return to the fray, and the action resumes.
8' Neves landed heavily following a sliding challenge from Targett and the game is paused while the Portuguese midfielder receives medical attention.
6' A Villa break, instigated by an alert McGinn in central midfield, sees Cash cut inside from the right and fire an ambitious effort straight into Sa's arms from the edge of the box. It would have taken a screamer to score from there!
4' Konsa gifts the ball carelessly to Semedo, who attempts to feed Hwang just inside the area, though the Wolves striker is denied by a late interception from Tuanzebe.
2' In the first significant attack of the match, Buendia pops up in a central area around 20 yards from goal, but drags his effort low and wide of Sa's right-hand post.
1' We are under way in Aston!
The players are out, as some weak sunshine brightens a packed Villa Park, with kickoff just moments away!
Wolves also make a couple of changes from the side that beat Newcastle at the start of the month, as Traore and Dendoncker start in place of Francisco Trincao - who has been ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19 - and star striker Jimenez. The Mexican's absence from the first XI, after he returned only hours ago from World Cup qualifying duty, offers Hwang a chance to partner Traore in attack.
Goalkeeper Martinez and midfield mainstay Luiz are both named in the Aston Villa lineup despite having been on international duty in South America less than 48 hours ago. Smith has also made two changes from the defeat at Tottenham a fortnight ago, as Buendia and Tuanzebe come in for Ramsey and Hause respectively, but retains his recently favoured 3-5-2 formation.
SUBS: Louie Moulden, John Ruddy, Willy Boly, Fabio Silva, Raul Jimenez, Rayan Ait Nouri, Luke Cundle, Ki-Jana Hoever, Daniel Podence.
WOLVES (3-5-2): Jose Sa; Conor Coady, Max Kilman, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Leander Dendoncker, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Marcal; Hwang Hee-Chan, Adama Traore.
SUBS: Jed Steer, Kortney Hause, Marvelous Nakamba, Ashley Young, Morgan Sanson, Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Jacob Ramsey, Anwar El Ghazi, Cameron Archer.
ASTON VILLA (3-5-2): Emiliano Martinez; Tyrone Mings, Axel Tuanzebe, Ezri Konsa; Matty Cash, John McGinn, Emiliano Buendia, Douglas Luiz, Matt Targett, Danny Ings, Ollie Watkins.
The hosts have won just one of their seven most recent home games against Wolves, last winning 4-1 in the Championship back in 2018. Not only that, but today's visitors have won four of the clubs' last seven league meetings - more than they managed in their previous 27 against the Villans.
These clubs experienced differing fortunes just before the international break, as Dean Smith's side suffered a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, while Wolves were winners versus a pre-takeover Newcastle United - moving within a point and two places of Villa in the table.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Premier League fixture between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park.