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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa. Premier League.


Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

  • H Hwang (53rd minute)
  • M Lemina (sent off 94th minute)

Aston Villa 1

  • P Torres (55th minute)

Wolves 1-1 Aston Villa: Hee-Chan Hwang and Pau Torres on target in feisty West Midlands derby draw

Match report and free highlights as Wolves and Aston Villa draw 1-1 at Molineux; Hee-Chan Hwang opened scoring but Pau Torres hit back immediately; Mario Lemina sent off in stoppage time and Ollie Watkins struck post with final touch of the game; Villa missed chance to go fourth

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of the 1-1 draw between Wolves and Aston Villa in the Premier League

Aston Villa missed the chance to climb into the Premier League's top four after a 1-1 draw at rivals Wolves.

Pau Torres' equaliser, just two minutes after Hee-Chan Hwang's 53rd-minute opener, saw them come from behind in a feisty West Midlands derby at Molineux.

Mario Lemina was sent off in stoppage time for a second booking and Ollie Watkins hit the post with the final touch of the match.

Liverpool's 2-2 draw at Brighton opened the door for Villa to move into the Champions League spots but they never did enough for victory.

Pau Torres celebrates his quickfire equaliser
Image: Pau Torres celebrates his quickfire equaliser for Aston Villa

Player ratings

Wolves: Sa (7), Kilman (6), Dawson (6), Toti (6), Semedo (6), Gomes (6), Lemina (5), Ait-Nouri (7), Neto (7), Cunha (6), Hwang (8).

Subs: Doherty (6), Traore (6), Kalajdzic (6), Silva (n/a).

Aston Villa: Martinez (6), Cash (6), Konsa (6), Torres (6), Carlos (6), Digne (6), McGinn (7), Kamara (6), Luiz (6), Diaby (6), Watkins (7).

Subs: Zaniolo (6), Bailey (n/a), Tielemans (n/a).

Player of the match: Hee-Chan Hwang.

How feisty West Midlands derby unfolded

Wolves earned another solid point following last week's swashbuckling 2-1 win over Manchester City to continue their progress under Gary O'Neil. The manager would have been encouraged by another gritty performance and with better finishing from Pedro Neto, it would have been another victory.

It was Villa, though, who started the brighter as Torres miscued a header and Jose Sa turned Matty Cash's angled effort behind before John McGinn twice fired off target.

It preceded a good spell for Wolves, the hosts attempting to stamp their authority on the game without ever testing Emi Martinez. Their final ball continued to elude them until Hwang crossed for Rayan Ait-Nouri to steer wide after 33 minutes.

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Yet it was the hosts' one decent chance of the half and they needed Lemina to rush out and block Douglas Luiz's shot just before the break.

Team news

Wolves head coach Gary O'Neil named the same team that started last weekend's Premier League win over Manchester City at Molineux.

Aston Villa boss Unai Emery made one change from the side that began last Saturday's 6-1 victory over Brighton.

Defender Diego Carlos replaced midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. Moussa Diaby and Boubacar Kamara were passed fit to start.

Villa's start to the season, which had lifted them to fifth, was their second best in the Premier League but there were signs of tiredness and the visitors' decision to resort to gamesmanship early belied the quality they have.

They emerged for the second half sharper, though, and Jose Sa turned over when Watkins directed McGinn's pass goalwards. It was a brief spark from Villa but there was little surprise when Wolves grabbed the lead after 53 minutes.

Douglas Luiz was caught by Hwang with the ball worked wide to Neto who ran at Torres. He engineered enough space to cross low for Hwang to poke in his fifth league goal of the season from close range.

Hee-chan Hwang celebrates the opener for Wolves at Molineux
Image: Hee-Chan Hwang scored again for Wolves to give his side the lead at Molineux

But the celebrations were cut short just two minutes later when Villa hit back. The hosts failed to clear from Douglas Luiz's free-kick and Watkins' cute cross was turned in by Torres.

It raised hopes the scrappy and, sometimes, ill-tempered game would take a step up in quality but neither side was able to ram home an advantage.

Wolves wanted a penalty when Neto tumbled under pressure from Boubacar Kamara while Villa failed to threaten Sa again.

With 12 minutes left, Neto should have settled the game when Sasa Kalajdzic's excellent cross found Wolves' star man, only for him to blaze over from 10 yards.

The hosts then had to see out eight of the 12 minutes of stoppage time - during which Watkins, Douglas Luiz and Nicolo Zaniolo went close - with 10 men when Lemina was dismissed for a second yellow card, after tugging back the Italian forward.

Watkins almost snatched it with the final touch of the game when his header smacked the base of the post.

Matty Cash and Rayan Ait-Nouri battle for the ball
Image: Matty Cash and Rayan Ait-Nouri battle for the ball during a feisty West Midlands derby

O'Neil: No problem with Emery

Wolves head coach Gary O'Neil defused any tension after Unai Emery left without a handshake. The Aston Villa boss walked down the tunnel after the game while O'Neil spoke to the fourth official at full-time.

O'Neil said: "It was a lot of nothing, I was moaning at the fourth about playing 114 minutes and Unai didn't want to wait for the handshake so he went to walk down the tunnel. I just said: 'No problem, go down the tunnel'.

"I've waited ages for people (managers in the past), I understand that they want to talk with the fourth official.

"My conversation with the fourth official was about eight seconds long so he wouldn't have had to wait very long. But I understand if he doesn't want to, no problem. I've got no problem with Unai at all.

"I thought we edged it 11 v 11, apart from the start but a point is fairish I'd suggest. We looked comfortable, there wasn't a huge gap between the sides.

"Eight points is not a bad return, we're managing to score goals and trying to improve."

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Wolves boss Gary O'Neil thinks the draw against Aston Villa was a fair result for his side

Emery 'frustrated' after Villa lose control

"It's a derby and we felt it on the pitch. There are a lot of supporters with us, they are pushing, it was a great atmosphere," said Emery, who also called leaving without a handshake "nothing".

"We tried to focus on the match. We reacted to the goal very quickly, it was key, and in 11 v 11 we created more chances but they had some very good transitions and chances.

"When they had a red card it was the moment where we tried to get the advantage.

"We are ambitious and very demanding. The first half we started very well but we lost a bit of control. We weren't controlling the game and at that moment I was frustrated and upset."

How the match played out...

Opta stats: Wolves frustrate Villa again

  • Wolves are unbeaten in their last six league games against Aston Villa (W3 D3), their second-longest such run against the Villans in their league history, after a run of eight games between April 1957 and August 1961.
  • Wolves have scored in each of their last 11 home games in the Premier League, only going on a longer such run in the competition on one previous occasion (run of 14 between April 2019 and January 2020).
  • Hee-Chan Hwang is the first Wolves player to have been directly involved in a goal in five consecutive Premier League home games.
  • No player has provided more assists than Pedro Neto in the Premier League this season (five). The Wolves forward has been involved in six goals in his last six Premier League appearances (one goal, five assists), as many as in his previous 49 matches in the top flight.
  • Only Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah (both 29) have been involved in more Premier League goals than Ollie Watkins across 2023 (23, 16 goals and seven assists).

What's next?

Wolves head to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday October 21 after the international break as head coach Gary O'Neil takes on his former side for the first time since his sacking in the summer; kick-off 3pm.

Aston Villa host West Ham in the league on Sunday October 22, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm; kick-off 4.30pm.

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