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  • Carew (16), Carew (82)
  • Craddock (23), Milner (38 og)
  • Date:2010-03-20
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:37562
  • Referee:Clattenburg, M

Live Commentary


It finishes all square. In the final analysis Wolves will be disappointed with a point.


Kevin Doyle cuts inside but shoots across the face of goal.


The fourth official has indicated four minutes of added time.


Chris Iwelumo replaces Matt Jarvis for Wolves.


Brad Friedel hacks the ball away with Kevin Doyle pressing following Stephen Warnock underhit backpass.


Ronald Zubar does well to force Ashley Young off the ball.


John Carew side foots the ball home following a long ball forward.


James Milner drags his right-foot shot wide.


Ashley Young's low shot is blocked by Jody Craddock.


Steve Sidwell replaces Stewart Downing for Villa.


Ronald Zubar is shown yellow for a late challenge.


James Collins makes a great challenge to get ahead of Matt Jarvis.


Marc Albrighton replaces Richard Dunne for Villa.


Marcus Hahnemann and Karl Henry combine to keep out Emile Heskey.


Kevin Doyle 's dangerous cross is collected at the far post by Brad Friedel.


James Collins is booked.


John Carew scuffs his shot before Wolves eventually clear.


John Carew's header is comfortably saved in the end by Marcus Hahnemann.


George Elokobi makes a great defensive header from Ashley Young's whipped cross.


Richard Dunne's header is wide of the target.


James Milner's cross into the area is cleared away by Matt Jarvis.


Emile Heskey's flick-on from Stewart Downing's corner flies wide.


Kevin Doyle's cross floats behind for a goalkick.


Villa are turning up the pressure as they look for an equaliser.


Ashley Young's free kick drops just over the crossbar.


Richard Dunne goes close with a header from Ashley Young's corner.


Stewart Downing's cross is comfortably collected by Marcus Hahnemann.


Kevin Foley's shot is blocked by James Collins and goes out for a corner.


Wolves have made a half-time change, George Elokobi replacing Adlene Guedioura.


The second half is underway.


It's half time. Mick McCarthy will be delighted with his team's performance in the first 45 minutes.


The referee has a word with Stiliyan Petrov after a stern challenge.


Stewart Downing's downward header from close range bounces over the bar.


James Milner converts the ball past his own keeper from Matt Jarvis' low cross.


The Wolves midfielders are snapping at the Villa heels.


Ronald Zubar looks as though he's picked up a knock on his ankle.


Ronald Zubar goes within inches of converting the ball into his own net.


Wolves have done well to fight their way back into this game.


John Carew's flick-on from Richard Dunne's free kick is wide.


Villa look shaky again from a Wolves' set piece.


Richard Dunne recieves treatement after a clash of heads with Kevin Doyle.


David Jones' free kick is bundled home by Jody Craddock.


Stiliyan Petrov goes into the referee's notebook.


Matt Jarvis's strike is deflected out for a corner.


Marcus Hahnemann shows good reactions to keep out Ashley Young's curling effort.


John Carew sidefoots the ball into the back of the net from Ashley Young's low cross.


Ashley Young's cross to the back post is plucked out of the air by Marcus Hahnemann.


Villa are passing the ball about sweetly.


Stephen Ward makes a great challenge to dispossess Ashley Young.


Adlene Guedioura shoots low and wide from a Wolves corner.


Wolves are struggling to find their rhythm in these early stages.


Kevin Doyle is adjudged offside.


John Carew fires just wide across the face of goal.


Carlos Cuellar's looping throw is flicked on by John Carew and hits a Wolves player for a Villa throw-in.


Referee Mark Clattenburg gets the game underway


Wolves are unchanged for this local derby.


Emile Heskey comes in for the injured Gabriel Agbonlahor for Villa.

Match Preview

Aston Villa will be hoping to step up their push for a top-four place by beating local rivals Wolves at Villa Park on Saturday lunchtime.

However, they won't find it easy, despite keeping the pressure on Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City on Tuesday by beating Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Villa ground out a 2-1 victory at Wigan following a long-range strike from James Milner and a helping hand from home midfielder James McCarthy with a comical own goal.

Martin O'Neill's side are now level on points with sixth-placed Manchester City but do have one (and in some cases two) games in hand on some of their other Champions League qualifying rivals.

Meanwhile, Wolves have everything to fight for in their battle to avoid making an immediate return to the Championship and did their hopes a power of good last weekend with a crucial 2-1 victory at relegation rivals Burnley.

That result left Mick McCarthy's side three points clear of the drop-zone as the season enters its final quarter even though they remain the lowest scorers in the Premier League with just 23 goals.

Former Celtic and Leicester City manager O'Neill laid one unwanted record to rest as Tuesday's win finally ended a bizarre sequence of results that had seen him fail to win a Premier League game in the month of March since he was appointed Villa boss in August 2006.

Since surprisingly losing at home to Wigan Athletic on the opening day of the season, Villa's only other defeat at Villa Park this term came just after Christmas when a stoppage-time Fernando Torres goal consigned O'Neill's team to a 1-0 loss.

Since the turn of the year they have only played four home Premier League games, beating Burnley 5-2 but being held to goalless stalemates by West Ham United and Arsenal as well as having to settle for a point from a 1-1 draw with a ten-man Manchester United side.

Wolves could hand a start to Chris Iwelumo after the Scotland international returned to Molineux this week following a successful loan spell with Bristol City while McCarthy has now decided to allow Stefan Maierhofer to move to the Robins for a month.


Match Report

Aston Villa striker John Carew continued his recent flow of goals with another two to rob Wolves of a shock away win, but a 2-2 draw was still a disappointment for the home side.

Although Villa dominated for long spells, Wolves boosted their survival hopes with another vital point off their Midlands rivals.

For a time it appeared that Wolves were heading for victory when they battled back after Carew had given Villa an early lead.

Jody Craddock equalised and then James Milner put through his own net to lift Wolves and rise their hopes of achieving successive away wins for the first time ever in the Premier League.

Carew then popped up for his vital 83rd minute equaliser for his 13th goal of the season.

With the spoils shared for the second time this season in the 100th clash between these two Midlands rivals it means that Wolves are still seeking their first win in 16 games against Villa.

As predicted by Villa manager, Martin O'Neill, nothing can be taken for granted and yet again his side dropped vital points to a bottom half side.

Villa missed the absent Gabby Agbonlahor although their strikeforce of Emile Heskey and Carew posed some early problems to give an indication of the task facing relegation battlers Wolves.

Carew was the first to threaten with an angled cross shot which went across the face of Wolves goal. Fortunately for Wolves Stephen Warnock was too late arriving at the far post to make a connection.

Battling Wolves had to withstand a lot of pressure with Ashley Young and Milner, under the watchful eye of England manager Fabio Capello, producing a lot of smart moves.

Milner and Young, making his 250th league appearance, combined to set up the opening goal in the 17th minute.

The unmarked Milner gained possession in midfield and produced a 30-yard pass to Young, who ducked inside Ronald Zubar to send a low cross into the middle where Carew was on hand to score.

It was the big striker's 12th goal of the season and certainly added increasing pressure on Wolves who struggled to compete in midfield despite fielding a 4-5-1 line-up.

But in the 24th minute they surprised Villa when Craddock scored the equaliser following a David Jones free-kick.

Stiliyan Petrov had been somewhat harshly booked for a tackle on Kevin Doyle and from the free-kick Zubar nudged the ball into the path of Craddock to notch his fifth goal of the season.

It was only the fifth time Wolves have scored in their last 12 away matches and could not have come at a better time as it undoubtedly lifted their game.

This was demonstrated in the 39th minute when Jones put Matt Jarvis clear on the left. Jones ran into the area for the return pass only for Milner to stab the ball into an empty net to give Wolves a surprise interval lead.

It was backs to the wall for Wolves in the second half with Carew and Heskey both going close to the elusive equaliser.

Carew finally provided the finishing touch when he deflected home substitute Steve Sidwell's 83rd minute shot to maintain Villa's unbeaten league record in 2010.

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