Wolves v Aston Villa LIVE

26 September 2010 03:02
Gerard Houllier takes charge of his first league game with Aston Villa in what promises to be a fiery West Midlands derby with Wolves. Mick McCarthy's side haven't beaten their fierce rivals since March 1980 and can end a 16 match winless run against the Villans in the clash at Molineux. Tom Bellwood brings you all the action as it happens.

PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 1 Aston Villa 2 FT96min: FULL TIME - That's it, full time. Gerard Houllier seals three points in his first game back in the Premier League courtesy of Emile Heskey's ferocious headed goal with three minutes left.

92min: Robust challenge from Steve Sidwell, leaves Adlene Guedioura writhing in agony on the floor. Sidwell's booked, Guedioura's carried off on a stretcher.

91min: Wolves really deserve something from this game - they've been the better of the two sides in the second half.

90min: We'll have four minutes added on.

88min: GOAL! EMILE HESKEY slams a venomous header home to surely hand Villa all three points. An unstoppable effort that was guided perfectly into the corner from 12 yards out and past Hahnemann's out-stretched hands.

87min: Wolves on on the attack but any  noise from the crowd in anticipation of an attempt on goal is drowned out by a boomin PA announcing road closures. How off-putting.

85min: In place of news of any goalmouth action - as there hasn't been any - I can tell you that Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has been replaced by Steve Sidwell.

82min: Algerian international Adiene Guedioura replaces David Edwards for Wolves.

80min: This game continues to sag into the realms of mediocrity. But I will take a punt and say if anyone is going to win it, it will be Wolves. That's gone and jinxed it.

76min: This game isn't being defined by any level of quality at the moment. A niggly, stop-start affair that isn't showing signs of offering us a winner. Not at the moment, anyway.

73min: Heskey's just headed a decent chance from a few yards wide. Change fro Wolves: Kevin Foley is replaced by Richard Stearman.

68min: Change for Villa: Albrighton is replaced by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

67min: Wolves are still doing the majority of the pressing and when Villa do escape Ashley Young tends to be  exposed up top on his own. Frustrating.

Post man: Jarvis's cross skips past players and finds the net

65min: The Wolves fans keep on doing this high-pitched mocking chant of Villa, Villa, Villa. Not a problem but when a couple of thousand people do it, it sounds odd. 

61min: GOAL! MATT JARVIS levels for Wolves with a cross that bounces across the six yard box and into the back of the net. Kevin Doyle's presence distracted Brad Friedel who thought the striker was going to get a touch, he didn't and the two teams are level.

57min: There be movement on the Villa bench. Looks like Houllier is about to make a change. Ashley young does his best to wind up the home fans and Craddock by waving an imaginary card following a robust challenge by the Wolves defender.

54min: Much better second half for Wolves so far. The hosts are enjoying the majority of possession and are carving out the odd chance. Jones curls a shot form the edge of the box buy Fridel gets down smartly to smother.

Albrighton rocks: Elokobi battles for the ball with the young Villa midfielder

50min: 'If that was us, you'd send him off' chant the Wolves fans to Ref Halsey. Steven Fletcher goes close for the hosts - a spinning volley was well saved low down by Fridel.

48min: Stephen Warnock is lucky to still be on the pitch. His late lunge looked a certain yellow card, which would have been his second of the day. But Halsey says it's just a free kick. I'm not so sure.

47min: Jody Craddock is penalised for obstruction on Ashley Young. A funny one as Craddock stepped across Young who finished up bear-hugging the defender. The free kick amounts precisely nowt.

46min: No changes to either side and we're back off and running.

SECOND HALF. HALF TIME: Ref Halsey blows for the end of a breathless first 45 minutes. Plenty of chances for both sides but Villa are the only ones to fully capitalise. This game can certainly still go either way. More in a bit.

45min: We'll have two minutes added on.

42min: A scrum in the Aston Villa box which seems to drag on for days finally ends with an industrial hoof clear. The re were penalty shouts, attempted shots and some League 2-esque defending. It all amounts to nought as Villa approach the half time break with their lead intact.

37min: Change for Wolves. Stephen Ward is replaced by George Elokobi at left back. Not sure whether that's due to injury or the fact that Marc Albrighton had Ward in his pocket? Maybe a bit of both. I'll find out.

On the hunt: Fletcher holds off the attentions of Petrov

34min: Double chance for Wolves who really should be level but for some wonderful goalkeeping by Brad Fridel. Steven Fletcher's slapped volley was palmed wide and the American stopper had to get across the keep out the follow up.

31min: OOOH! The noise that emanates from the Villa fans is an organic groan as they watch Young's angled drive fly wide of Hahnemann's upright. Wolves are struggling going forward at the moment - they seem bereft of ideas.

26min: This game is still wide open - both sides are throwing everything at it. I fancy there may be more than one goal in this game.

24min: GOAL! STEWART DOWNING taps home from a couple of yards to hand Villa the lead.  Delightful cross from Marc Albrighton across the six yard box and Downing was there at the far post to slam the ball home.

Opener: Downing clips the ball home to hand Villa the lead

21min: Chance! Real opportunity for Villa to break the deadlock. James Collins' venomous header from a corner is saved on the line by Hahnemann and eventually scramble it away. Better from the visitors.

18min: Stephen Warnock is the first to go in the book for his sliding effort on Edwards. The resulting free kick amounts to nowt.

15min: Here's the first opportunity to see if Houllier's arrival will give Emile Heskey a boost. Deep cross finds the striker at the far post, but his attempted athletic volley bounces off his ankle and wide.

12min: Half a sniff for Nigel Reo-Coker. Bursting out of midfield,  head down, he  lost the ball on the edge of the box just as he was about to pull the trigger. Downing was screaming for the ball to his left, as well.

Physical encounter: Marc Albrighton, competes with Stephen Ward

9min: Villa are under the cosh here. The hosts are forcing the issue with a number of crosses into the box, forcing their oppenents on to the back foot. No further chances on goal as yet, though.

6min: First chance of the afternoon and it falls to the hosts. Kevin Doyle rolled a delightful ball into Edwards who looked certain to score. But he slapped his shot wide of Friedel's upright from juts 10 yards out.

4min: A cacophony of noise spills down from the stands as this game observes the traditions of local derbies perfectly: Lots of challenges, misplaced passes and the like.

1min: Villa get the game under way. Vistors in their famous claret and blue, the hosts in their equally recognisable gold.

FIRST HALF.  Back in action: Houllier returns to Premier League football after a four year absence

2pm: Right, players are on their way out and the commentator does his best to douse the flames of this West Midlands derby by pointing out that these two sides don't see this as their most important local rivalry. Way to sell a game, mate.

1.55: Nicky Butt in the Sky studio. with an unfeasibly shiny (bald) head. Incredible. The player's should be out in a moment.

1.47: In today's earlier kick off - Manchester United have failed to capitalise on defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea after being held to a 2-2 draw  by Bolton this afternoon.

Right, the team news is in (finally) . and there are no surprises.

Wolves v Aston Villa - teams Wolves: Hahnemann, Foley, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Edwards, Henry, David Jones, Jarvis, Fletcher, Doyle. Subs:Hennessey, Elokobi, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Bent, Milijas, Guedioura.

Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Cuellar, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Downing, Ashley Young, Heskey.Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Ireland, Agbonlahor, Davies, Bannan, Lichaj.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

1.45pm: Hello there and welcome along to Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League clash between Wolves and Aston Villa.

Gerard Houllier makes his return to the Premier League, six years after his last games in charge of Liverpool - a 1-1 draw with Newcastle in May 2004.

I'm expecting this West Midlands derby to spark into life. Bragging rights up for grabs between these two sides with the worst disciplinary record in the top flight.

Still Mick McCarthy will tell you his team have been unjustifiably labelled a 'dirty' side.

I'll bring you the team news as soon as I get it and all the action from Molineux as it happens.

And you can fire over your observations on today's action in this direction:  tom.bellwood@dailymail.co.uk

Good to be back: Houllier is back in the Premier League for the first time in six years

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