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James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher. Free kick crossed by David Jones, Stewart Downing manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Adlene Guedioura by Steve Sidwell results in a free kick. Steve Sidwell receives a caution. Free kick crossed left-footed by David Jones.
Foul by Kevin Doyle on Luke Young, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Stephen Warnock delivers the ball, Emile Heskey scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Wolverhampton 1-2 Aston Villa.Stephen Warnock provided the assist for the goal.
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Stiliyan Petrov leaves the field to be replaced by Steve Sidwell.
Richard Stearman fouled by Stiliyan Petrov, the ref awards a free kick. Karl Henry crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by James Collins.
Adlene Guedioura takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Christophe Berra fouled by Emile Heskey, the ref awards a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Carlos Cuellar by Christophe Berra results in a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
(Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Adlene Guedioura coming on for David Edwards.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.
Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
Christophe Berra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emile Heskey. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Young from left channel.
Unfair challenge on James Collins by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick. Richard Stearman on for Kevin Foley. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Carlos Cuellar on Jody Craddock, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young.
Kevin Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. Stewart Downing produces a cross, Emile Heskey produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Foul by Kevin Doyle on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Stewart Downing produces a cross, Emile Heskey takes a shot. Blocked by Jody Craddock.
Corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
Emile Heskey is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
The referee blows for offside. Christophe Berra takes the free kick.
Marc Albrighton goes off and Gabriel Agbonlahor comes on.
Ashley Young sends in a cross.
Matthew Jarvis concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Warnock. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis finds the net with a goal from a long way out to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-1 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Steven Fletcher.
Jody Craddock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. Jody Craddock goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Warnock on Steven Fletcher. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Foley.
David Jones takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis.
David Jones takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
Ashley Young is ruled offside. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Steven Fletcher. Stephen Warnock gets a block in.
Luke Young is penalised for a handball. Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by James Collins.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
Shot from 12 yards by Christophe Berra. Brad Friedel makes a save.
Foul by Stephen Warnock on Kevin Doyle, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by George Elokobi.
Jody Craddock concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stewart Downing from left wing, Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.
Steven Fletcher fouled by Stephen Warnock, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Foley.
Nigel Reo-Coker fouled by David Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Luke Young takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Albrighton on David Jones. The free kick is delivered left-footed by David Jones from right wing, Stewart Downing makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis.
A cross is delivered by Kevin Foley, clearance by Emile Heskey.
Inswinging corner taken by David Jones from the right by-line, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on David Jones. David Jones takes the direct free kick.
Emile Heskey delivers the ball, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
Ashley Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Karl Henry. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
Karl Henry takes a shot. Blocked by Emile Heskey.
Jody Craddock takes a shot. Clearance by Carlos Cuellar.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
Corner taken short by Stewart Downing.
(Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with George Elokobi coming on for Stephen Ward.
Ashley Young fouled by Christophe Berra, the ref awards a free kick. Stewart Downing crosses the ball in from the free kick, Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Jones.
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Nigel Reo-Coker challenges David Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
Ashley Young produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Jody Craddock challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Young takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Emile Heskey on Jody Craddock. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
Foul by Karl Henry on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. James Collins takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Marc Albrighton, A goal is scored by Stewart Downing from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-1 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Marc Albrighton.
Kevin Doyle fouled by Stephen Warnock, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Foley restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Kevin Doyle misses to the right of the goal.
Marcus Hahnemann fouled by Ashley Young, the ref awards a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, James Collins takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
Stephen Warnock challenges David Edwards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Stephen Warnock for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered left-footed by David Jones from right wing, save by Brad Friedel.
David Jones fouled by Nigel Reo-Coker, the ref awards a free kick. Christophe Berra takes the free kick.
Steven Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Young. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Steven Fletcher. Christophe Berra restarts play with the free kick.
Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Albrighton. Stiliyan Petrov takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Karl Henry.
Matthew Jarvis takes the inswinging corner, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
Nigel Reo-Coker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by David Edwards from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
Unfair challenge on Carlos Cuellar by David Jones results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Carlos Cuellar.
The game gets underway.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The second half begins.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
No fresh worries for McCarthy
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has no new injury or suspension concerns for Sunday's midlands derby against Aston Villa at Molineux.
McCarthy made nine changes to his side for the midweek Carling Cup win over Notts County but after a less-than-impressive performance the line-up is more than likely to bear a strong resemblance to the one used at White Hart Lane last weekend.
Michael Kightly (knee), Stephen Hunt (foot) and Ronald Zubar (ankle) remain sidelined.
McCarthy has said he is not worried about the positive effect a new manager may have on Aston Villa.
The match will be Gerard Houllier's first Barclays Premier League game in charge, but McCarthy thinks that will not effect the task ahead of his team.
He said: "They are coming to our place on Sunday and we're no fools. I've got a good side here.
"They might all be flying, they might all not be quite sure what's expected of them.
"I don't know, but I'll be able to tell after about five minutes."
Villa finished sixth during each of their last three seasons, but the Wolves boss added he does not care whether Houllier's team can finally break into the Champions League places.
"I don't give tuppence whether they finish in the top four," he said.
"Gerard's a very good manager, that's been proven. He's a good guy as well.
"It's been difficult for them, with Martin (O'Neill) leaving.
"They've got good players, let's not overlook that. Martin's left a fantastic squad of players.
"Heskey, Carew, Young, Petrov, Downing. They're not struggling, are they? They won't get any sympathy from me.
"There's plenty of talent there."
Aston Villa skipper Gabriel Agbonlahor is winning his battle to be fit.
Agbonlahor was substituted during the first half of Wednesday's Carling Cup win over Blackburn with tight calves but has resumed training. Midfielder Stephen Ireland is also making good progress after suffering a dead leg in training ahead of the meeting with Sam Allardyce's side.
But defender Richard Dunne is again ruled out with a knee injury, although Houllier is optimistic he will be fit to return against Tottenham next weekend.
Houllier is confident his side have the physical presence to match Wolves even if his side are not the biggest in terms of physical stature.
He said: "I've seen them on the video. They are a good side.
"They seem to play, will be good opposition, physical as always with the English game. It will be a very competitive game.
"The Premier League has got more physical.
"It is not about a matter of size. You need size in some positions but is also a matter of commitment and physical commitment. We have that."
Heskey heroics earns Villa win
Emile Heskey's late goal enabled new Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier to emerge triumphant from his first Barclays Premier League match in charge of the midlands club at Wolves with a 2-1 win.
The England striker celebrated his first league start for six months by heading home an 87th-minute cross from Stephen Warnock.
Matt Jarvis' first goal of the campaign looked to have rescued Wolves a point after Stewart Downing's close range effort separated the sides at half-time.
Villa were the better side in the first half with Ashley Young impressing in his role just behind the revitalised Heskey.
Nigel Reo-Coker was dominant in midfield while Carlos Cuellar made a series of crucial interceptions when Wolves did threaten.
But Wolves were a revitalised force in the second 45 minutes with Brad Friedel the busier of the two goalkeepers.
Jarvis was at the heart of their most threatening moments while David Jones impressed in the centre of the park before Heskey denied them a point.
It means Villa are unbeaten in 17 matches with Wolves stretching back 30 years.
The home side created the first clearcut opening after six minutes when Kevin Doyle's reverse pass picked out the run into the box of David Edwards.
But he hesitated for a split second and eventually shot high and wide when under pressure from Warnock.
Wolves were playing at a high tempo and Reo-Coker made a brave block on Karl Henry's shot after Cuellar had headed clear a Jarvis corner.
Warnock became the first player to be yellow carded - and for the third successive league game - in the 18th minute after a sliding challenge on Edwards.
Hahnemann reacted sharply to keep out a downward header from James Collins following a Downing corner.
Villa started to enjoy more possession and after 26 minutes Downing put them ahead.
Reo-Coker found Heskey who held the ball up well before finding Marc Albrighton in space on the right.
He drilled a dipping centre right across the six-yard box and Downing stayed on-side to deflect the ball past Hahnemann from close range.
Villa dominated proceedings but it needed a double save from Friedel to keep Villa on level terms after 35 minutes.
First the veteran goalkeeper parried a fierce volley from Fletcher and then kept out the follow-up effort from Doyle.
Wolves were forced to make a change in the 38th minute when Stephen Ward limped out of the action to be replaced by George Elokobi in a straight swap at left-back.
A long throw from Elokobi caused problems and Cuellar had to block an effort from Jody Craddock.
Wolves made an impressive start to the second period and Warnock escaped a second yellow card after bringing down Doyle in a counter-attack by the home side.
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy appeared unhappy with the decision and made his feelings known to the fourth official.
Villa were forced to back pedal and Friedel went down to his right to keep out a volley from Christophe Berra.
Craddock was booked after bringing down Ashley Young.
But after 61 minutes Wolves got back on level terms through Jarvis.
The midfielder cut back inside onto his right foot and floated a dangerous ball across the box.
Edwards attacked the ball but failed to get a touch and it flew across Friedel into the far corner of the net.
Ashley Young continued to pose the biggest threat for Villa and one cross just evaded the run of Reo-Coker.
Villa brought on striker Gabriel Agbonlahor in place of Albrighton after 66 minutes.
Hahnemann produced a superb finger-tip save to keep out Ashley Young's rasping drive.
Adlene Guedioura came on for Edwards in the 81st minute and quickly tested Friedel with a low drive.
But with three minutes remaining Heskey snatched the winner.
Warnock supplied a probing cross from the left flank and Heskey rose to place a header into the corner of the net.
In injury-time Villa substitute Steve Sidwell, who had replaced skipper Stiliyan Petrov, was yellow carded for a challenge on Guedioura who was stretchered off.
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