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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

94mins

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

92mins

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

90mins

The fourth official has indicated four minutes of added time.

88mins

Chris Iwelumo replaces Matt Jarvis for Wolves.

87mins

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

85mins

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

82mins

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

80mins

James Milner drags his right-foot shot wide.

78mins

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

76mins

Steve Sidwell replaces Stewart Downing for Villa.

74mins

Ronald Zubar is shown yellow for a late challenge.

73mins

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

71mins

Marc Albrighton replaces Richard Dunne for Villa.

69mins

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

68mins

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

66mins

James Collins is booked.

65mins

John Carew scuffs his shot before Wolves eventually clear.

62mins

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

61mins

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

60mins

Richard Dunne's header is wide of the target.

58mins

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

56mins

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

56mins

Kevin Doyle's cross floats behind for a goalkick.

54mins

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

52mins

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

50mins

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

49mins

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

47mins

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

45mins

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

45mins

The second half is underway.

45mins

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

42mins

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

40mins

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

39mins

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

36mins

The Wolves midfielders are snapping at the Villa heels.

34mins

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

32mins

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

30mins

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

28mins

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

27mins

Villa look shaky again from a Wolves' set piece.

25mins

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

23mins

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

23mins

Stiliyan Petrov goes into the referee's notebook.

21mins

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

19mins

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

16mins

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

15mins

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

13mins

Villa are passing the ball about sweetly.

11mins

Stephen Ward makes a great challenge to dispossess Ashley Young.

9mins

Adlene Guedioura shoots low and wide from a Wolves corner.

8mins

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

6mins

Kevin Doyle is adjudged offside.

4mins

John Carew fires just wide across the face of goal.

2mins

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

0mins

Referee Mark Clattenburg gets the game underway

0mins

Wolves are unchanged for this local derby.

0mins

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.

Aston Villa

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Corners

75

Fouls

1114

Goal attempts

Shots off target

123

Offsides

00

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