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Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Stearman. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from inside the six-yard box by Kevin Doyle goes wide right of the goal.
Ashley Young challenges Kevin Foley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.
Ashley Young goes into the book. Ashley Young challenges Jamie O'Hara unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
Short corner taken by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on Kyle Walker. Stewart Downing takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line, clearance made by Richard Stearman.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on Chris Herd. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Ashley Young.
Karl Henry challenges Robert Pires unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jean Makoun takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Kevin Doyle. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Young on Kevin Foley. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
Darren Bent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Effort from deep inside the area by Carlos Cuellar misses to the right of the target.
George Elokobi shown a yellow card. George Elokobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker. Stewart Downing restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis goes off and Stephen Ward comes on.
Ashley Young takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean Makoun by Nenad Milijas. Indirect free kick taken by Jean Makoun.
The ball is delivered by Jean Makoun, save by Wayne Hennessey.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is caught offside. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
Kyle Walker sends in a cross, clearance by Richard Stearman.
Kyle Walker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Nenad Milijas.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance by George Elokobi.
Richard Stearman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent. Ashley Young crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Christophe Berra.
Ashley Young produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.
The offside flag is raised against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Centre by Stewart Downing, clearance by Kevin Foley.
The offside flag is raised against Ashley Young. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
Foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on Chris Herd, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Herd.
Stewart Downing crosses the ball, Wayne Hennessey makes a comfortable save.
Adam Hammill goes off and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake comes on. The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Robert Pires on for Nigel Reo-Coker. Gabriel Agbonlahor on for Marc Albrighton. Jean Makoun concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Foley. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.
Jamie O'Hara produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on Nenad Milijas, free kick awarded. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Doyle. Corner from the right by-line taken by Stewart Downing, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.
Darren Bent fouled by Richard Stearman, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
Nigel Reo-Coker is ruled offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Bent. Free kick taken by Kevin Foley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Cuellar by Kevin Doyle. Nigel Reo-Coker takes the direct free kick.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Herd on Nenad Milijas. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Jean Makoun produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Nenad Milijas.
Jamie O'Hara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker. Fabian Delph restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Jamie O'Hara.
The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.
Kevin Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Herd. Carlos Cuellar takes the free kick.
Stewart Downing crosses the ball, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Matthew Jarvis finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Wolverhampton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Nigel Reo-Coker. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
Jean Makoun produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
The ball is sent over by Kyle Walker, clearance made by Karl Henry. Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the left by-line.
The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Fabian Delph joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nathan Baker.
Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Makoun. Free kick taken by Chris Herd.
Richard Stearman receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Ashley Young fouled by Richard Stearman, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Marc Albrighton, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
Nenad Milijas takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Brad Friedel.
Christophe Berra concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Bent. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.
Marc Albrighton delivers the ball.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Karl Henry. Kyle Walker takes the free kick.
Kyle Walker sends in a cross, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance.
Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Reo-Coker. Free kick taken by Jean Makoun.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Darren Bent. Nenad Milijas takes the direct free kick.
Darren Bent is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Stearman.
The offside flag is raised against Christophe Berra. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Jean Makoun on Nenad Milijas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.
Marc Albrighton challenges George Elokobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Kyle Walker results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Young, Stewart Downing takes a shot. Karl Henry gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Chris Herd by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick. Nigel Reo-Coker takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by George Elokobi. Ashley Young delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Kevin Doyle manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, Header on goal by Carlos Cuellar from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Adam Hammill takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Jean Makoun. Nenad Milijas takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. Corner from the right by-line taken by Nenad Milijas, Darren Bent manages to make a clearance.
The official flags Kevin Doyle offside. Chris Herd takes the indirect free kick.
Houllier: Bust-up not a distraction
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier insists team morale has not been affected by Richard Dunne and James Collins' recent bust-up with coaching staff.
The centre-half duo are understood to have been fined two weeks' wages in the wake of their actions during a team bonding session at a health spa in Leicestershire last week.
Yet Houllier is adamant the two-day exercise was an overall success and that Villa are in the right frame of mind as they prepare for the vital home clash with Wolves.
Houllier said: "I don't think team morale has been affected.
"As far as I am concerned, the rest of the team trained well and is ready and prepared for the Wolves game.
"We need to keep that [the incident] to one side and prepare for the Wolves game and the rest of the season. The rest of the team enjoyed the two days and it was a good exercise in terms of commitment, energy, enjoyment.
"It is an important game for us. We are at home, we've got our fans, it's a derby and players know what a derby represents for the fans.
"The nine games we have got left will be played with the same quality in terms of commitment and will to win."
Houllier believes there will be more pressure on Wolves than Villa going into the derby, with Mick McCarthy's men second-bottom of the Barclays Premier League.
He said: "Wolves are a good team, I like Mick McCarthy and he has done extremely well and his side have beaten some big guns like Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
"But I think there is more [pressure] on them than on us.
"We know the position we are in at the moment but we are not going to forecast on what is at stake. It is best to concentrate on our assets and the [league table] will take care of itself."
Villa, two points above the drop zone, are without four key defenders for the match.
Dunne, Collins and Luke Young are all unavailable through injury while Ciaran Clark starts a two-game ban for picking up 10 bookings.
Houllier played down the absences, however, saying: "That happens to all clubs. Even to Manchester United. Sometimes you have an injury crisis.
"We had that in the middle of the season with Stiliyan Petrov, Nigel Reo-Coker and Steve Sidwell from midfield.
"Now it happens at the back and the suspension of Clark doesn't help. But we will be all right. The option we have will be good and the players will respond positively and will show something.
"In any case, defending is not about two or three players, it is the matter of the whole team.
"At top level, your defending starts wherever you lose the ball, wherever it is on the pitch."
Michael Kightly was tipped as a potential Premier League star when Wolves were promoted to the top flight - and almost two years on McCarthy is hoping he will finally get the chance to prove his class.
The winger has made only nine Premier League appearances, and none since November 2009, because of a series of injuries, most recently operations on both knees.
But, after two reserve-team run-outs, Kightly has been included in Wolves' squad for the short trip to Villa.
McCarthy said: "Everyone believed Kights would be a good Premier League player and let's hope he gets the chance over these last nine games.
"It pleases me for him as much as anything. I know the supporters will be thrilled to see him back.
"The fact he played in the reserves the other week created plenty of excitement. He played 80-odd minutes and he went at it full tilt.
"We always have a young versus old game on a Friday and what really disappointed me was the fact he's now in the 'old' team.
"But it really is lovely to have him back and he's a terrific character around the place."
Also back in the squad after lengthy absences are defender Michael Mancienne and midfielder Adlene Guedioura.
Mancienne returned to Molineux this week after three and a half months back at parent club Chelsea receiving treatment for a knee problem while Guedioura broke his leg in the reverse fixture against Villa in September.
McCarthy thinks Villa's players will have no problem refocusing for the match.
"You look at their squad and the fact they've finished in the top six for the last three years and a lot of those players are still there," he said.
"So quite clearly they're an experienced Premier League club with quality players.
"All the stuff off the pitch doesn't mean anything - footballers have an ability to find a great performance from somewhere when you least expect it."
Wolves claim precious derby spoils
Wolves piled on the misery for Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier as a first-half strike from Matt Jarvis decided a tense Barclays Premier League relegation clash.
Jarvis' fifth goal of the season was enough to earn Wolves a first win over their derby rivals in 31 years and took them to just a point behind Villa.
Villa fans chanted 'We want Houllier out' at the final whistle and greeted his walk to the tunnel with loud boos.
Houllier had incurred the wrath of some Villa fans recently when he fielded a much-changed side for the FA Cup clash at Manchester City.
Then this week the former Liverpool boss has had to deal with the fall-out from the Richard Dunne-James Collins bust-up with coaching staff at a team bonding session.
But this defeat will have hurt the Frenchman as it has sucked Villa right into the heart of a survival battle.
They have taken only five points from the last six games.
It was only Wolves' second away victory of the campaign but Mick McCarthy's side are now unbeaten in four games.
Before kick-off a banner was unfurled on the Holte End with the message 'Had enough, Houllier out' but it was quickly taken down by a steward.
Wolves made a positive start and went close to taking the lead after two minutes.
Winger Adam Hammill got past Villa left-back Nathan Baker and squared the ball back to Nenad Milijas whose low 20-yard shot was turned aside by Brad Friedel.
The visitors were looking full of confidence and Kevin Doyle had a low drive blocked by Kyle Walker.
Friedel then went down at the foot of his post to keep out a Hammill effort, with Jarvis in a good position in the middle.
Play was flowing from end to end and fit-again Villa defender Carlos Cuellar headed over from an Ashley Young corner.
Wolves defender Christophe Berra headed in a Hammill centre after 21 minutes, but the effort was ruled out for offside by referee Phil Dowd.
Doyle also had the ball in the net after half an hour with a far-post header, but the cross from Hammill had drifted out of play.
Wolves defender Richard Stearman was yellow-carded after 31 minutes for a foul on Young.
Houllier made a change after 33 minutes with Baker, who was showing no visible signs of carrying an injury, replaced by Fabian Delph at left-back.
Berra left the pitch, presumably for some treatment, but returned to play a part in Wolves taking the lead after 38 minutes.
Milijas delivered the cross from the right, Berra flicked the ball on to Jarvis whose first-time shot from 15 yards flew past Friedel into the corner of the net via a post.
It was Jarvis' fifth goal of the campaign and fourth in the Premier League.
Jean Makoun should have put Villa level on the stroke of half-time.
The former Lyon player was completely unmarked but headed Stewart Downing's centre wide.
Villa started the second half with positive intent and were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position right on the edge of the Wolves box after Stearman brought down Bent.
Television replays suggested the offence had taken place inside the penalty area.
Bent's eventual shot was deflected for a corner after Young had rolled the free-kick into his path.
Stearman made a vital block on a fiercely-struck Downing volley before Houllier made a double change after 61 minutes.
He brought on Robert Pires and Gabriel Agbonlahor in place of Reo-Coker and Albrighton.
But the substitution of Albrighton was greeted with loud boos from Villa fans and cries of 'You don't know what you're doing' towards Houllier.
McCarthy replaced Hammill with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake three minutes later.
Friedel beat out a dipping 25-yard drive from Milijas after Villa were guilty of giving the ball away in midfield.
Young was trying his best to bring Villa back into the game and the woodwork came to Wolves' rescue after 80 minutes when his shot crashed against the crossbar.
George Elokobi was then booked for chopping down Downing.
Cuellar volleyed over after Pires had knocked the ball down into his path, but Villa could not find an equaliserF.
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