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Aston Villa   0 - 1   Wolverhampton

Matt Jarvis
Matt Jarvis (l) gave Wolves their first win at Villa Park since March 1980

By Les Roopanarine

Wolves claimed their first win at Villa Park for over three decades to boost their survival hopes and add to Aston Villa's relegation concerns.

The visitors had already seen two first-half efforts disallowed when Matt Jarvis drove home emphatically from a Christophe Berra knock-down.

Ashley Young shuddered the bar late on from Jean Makoun's slotted pass but Villa were otherwise poor.

Jarvis might have doubled Wolves' lead but Jamie O'Hara failed to feed him.

Even so, nothing could take the gloss off a victory that ended 31 years of Villa Park hurt for Wolves, who remain third from bottom but move to within a point of their local rivals with this result.

The Villa support were quick to voice their disapproval at Gerard Houllier, the club's embattled manager, and the chorus of derision that greeted the final whistle threatened to drown out the triumphant roar from the away section.

Houllier 'nervous' about relegation fight

But nothing could dull the joy of a Wolves side who made light of their tag as the Premier League's worst travellers.

This was only the second time Mick McCarthy's side had won on the road all season, but they began the afternoon on a wave of momentum created by a three-game unbeaten streak and rode it beautifully to extend that encouraging run.

There were mitigating circumstances for Villa, who - with Richard Dunne, James Collins and Luke Young ruled out by injury, and Ciaran Clark serving a two-match ban - were missing a quartet of senior defensive personnel.

Chris Herd, a 21-year-old Australian making his first Premier League start, was deployed at right-back and the makeshift look of the home defence clearly encouraged Wolves to believe that a first victory at Villa Park since March 1980 was within their grasp.

In the initial stages, no one embodied that conviction more than Adam Hammill.

The livewire winger caused left-back Nathan Baker all manner of problems for the first half hour, setting up Nenad Milijas for an early strike on goal before himself testing keeper Brad Fridel.

Further warning shots were fired across the Villa bows when Wolves had two goals disallowed in quick succession.

The first came when Berra headed home from an offside position, the second when a Jarvis cross was somewhat contentiously adjudged to have gone out of play before Kevin Doyle headed home at the far post.

'Great feeling' to beat Villa - McCarthy

Houllier, who has presided over just six league wins since his appointment last September, clearly did not like what he was seeing, and with 33 minutes gone Baker was withdrawn in favour of Fabian Delph.

However, as Jarvis demonstrated in clinical fashion, the Villa defence was in need of more wholesale remedial work.

O'Hara floated a right-wing free-kick into the box and when Berra beat Carlos Cuellar to the header, Jarvis gleefully thumped the ball beyond Friedel and in off the post for his fourth league goal of the season.

Villa's best work came along the flanks, from where Young and Marc Albrighton sent in several teasing deliveries, but a Wolves defence superbly marshalled by Richard Stearman was equal to whatever came its way.

On one of the few occasions when the home side did create a clear first-half opening, the returning Makoun made a complete dog's breakfast of Stewart Downing's clipped centre, heading wide from six yards out.

The home support were unimpressed when Houllier sent on Robert Pires and Gabriel Agbonlahor on the hour, and their misgivings proved well-founded.

The double substitution had little impact beyond a cushioned header from Pires from which Cuellar sent a fine opportunity blazing over.

Nevertheless, the home side came within a whisker of equalising through Young, whose high, driven shot from Makoun's precise through-ball left the crossbar shuddering.

A draw, however, would have been harsh on a Wolves side who carried the fight to their opponents and fully deserved local bragging rights.

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Saturday, 19 March 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Jarvis 38

    Aston Villa

    Substitutes

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Ref: DowdAtt: 38,965
    ASTON VILLA
    WOLVES

    Possession

    • Aston Villa 52%
    • Wolves 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Aston Villa 5
    • Wolves 5

    Attempts off target

    • Aston Villa 6
    • Wolves 3

    Corners

    • Aston Villa 8
    • Wolves 3

    Fouls

    • Aston Villa 15
    • Wolves 19
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:32 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+4:05 Foul by Kevin Foley on Kyle Walker, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
    • 90:00+4:05 Booking Kevin Foley receives a caution.
    • 90:00+3:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Richard Stearman. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 90:00+2:22 Close range effort by Kevin Doyle goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 90:00+1:28 Foul by Ashley Young on Kevin Foley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 90:00+0:52 Jamie O'Hara fouled by Ashley Young, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+0:52 Booking Ashley Young receives a yellow card.
    • 89:52 Jamie O'Hara takes a short corner.
    • 88:35 Kyle Walker fouled by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stewart Downing.
    • 87:56 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Young, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.
    • 87:11 Unfair challenge on Chris Herd by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake results in a free kick. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
    • 85:31 Ashley Young crosses the ball.
    • 84:33 Karl Henry challenges Robert Pires unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jean Makoun takes the direct free kick.
    • 84:05 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Doyle. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
    • 83:29 Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Foley. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
    • 82:23 Darren Bent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
    • 80:24 Carlos Cuellar produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 79:53 George Elokobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker. Stewart Downing takes the free kick.
    • 79:53 Booking George Elokobi is cautioned.
    • 79:09 Substitution Matthew Jarvis goes off and Stephen Ward comes on.
    • 78:33 Ashley Young takes a shot.
    • 76:37 Foul by Nenad Milijas on Jean Makoun, free kick awarded. Jean Makoun takes the free kick.
    • 75:47 The ball is sent over by Jean Makoun, save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 75:03 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
    • 74:25 Kyle Walker produces a cross, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake by Kyle Walker. Nenad Milijas crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
    • 72:32 Ashley Young takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 71:59 The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, clearance by George Elokobi.
    • 71:11 Richard Stearman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent. Ashley Young crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Christophe Berra.
    • 70:43 The assistant referee signals for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 70:30 Effort on goal by Ashley Young from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 70:30 Darren Bent produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 69:47 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
    • 67:42 The official flags Sylvan Ebanks-Blake offside. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 67:23 Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
    • 67:20 Stewart Downing crosses the ball, Kevin Foley manages to make a clearance.
    • 66:13 The referee blows for offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
    • 65:38 Chris Herd fouled by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Herd takes the direct free kick.
    • 65:20 The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 64:42 Effort on goal by Jamie O'Hara from long range goes over the crossbar.
    • 63:42 The official flags Ashley Young offside. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 63:42 Substitution Adam Hammill goes off and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake comes on.
    • Correction - 59:37 Jean Makoun gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Foley. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • Correction - 59:37 Substitution Marc Albrighton leaves the field to be replaced by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
    • Correction - 59:37 Substitution Robert Pires on for Nigel Reo-Coker.
    • 59:37 Awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Foley by Jean Makoun.
    • 59:37 Substitution Gabriel Agbonlahor replaces Marc Albrighton.
    • 59:37 Substitution Robert Pires comes on in place of Nigel Reo-Coker.
    • 57:34 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.
    • 55:19 Jamie O'Hara has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 54:12 Foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on Nenad Milijas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 53:28 Darren Bent takes a shot. Kevin Doyle gets a block in. Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, clearance made by Richard Stearman.
    • 52:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Stearman on Darren Bent. Ashley Young takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 50:24 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nigel Reo-Coker. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
    • 50:24 Nigel Reo-Coker is ruled offside. Kevin Doyle restarts play with the free kick.
    • 49:27 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kevin Foley.
    • 48:06 Kevin Doyle challenges Carlos Cuellar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nigel Reo-Coker takes the direct free kick.
    • 46:26 Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 45:38 Chris Herd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:59 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 44:31 Centre by Stewart Downing, Header from close range by Jean Makoun misses to the right of the goal.
    • 44:05 Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, clearance made by Nenad Milijas.
    • 43:38 Foul by Jamie O'Hara on Nigel Reo-Coker, free kick awarded. Fabian Delph restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:04 Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the left by-line, Jamie O'Hara manages to make a clearance.
    • 39:25 Kyle Walker produces a cross, clearance made by Richard Stearman.
    • 38:57 Unfair challenge on Chris Herd by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Carlos Cuellar.
    • 38:39 The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 38:16 Stewart Downing delivers the ball, save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 37:02 GOAL - Matthew JarvisAston Villa 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Matthew Jarvis gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Wolverhampton.
    • 36:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Nigel Reo-Coker. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:28 Header from close range by Jean Makoun clears the bar.
    • 34:57 Kyle Walker sends in a cross, Karl Henry makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing.
    • 33:55 The ball is delivered by Marc Albrighton, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
    • 32:05 Substitution Fabian Delph on for Nathan Baker.
    • Correction - 30:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Henry on Jean Makoun. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Herd.
    • 30:43 Karl Henry challenges Jean Makoun unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.
    • 29:45 Foul by Richard Stearman on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Marc Albrighton crosses the ball in from the free kick, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
    • 29:45 Booking Richard Stearman is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 28:38 Corner taken by Nenad Milijas played to the near post, clearance made by Brad Friedel.
    • 27:09 Foul by Christophe Berra on Darren Bent, free kick awarded. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:21 Centre by Marc Albrighton.
    • 24:48 Karl Henry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. Kyle Walker takes the free kick.
    • 23:02 Kyle Walker sends in a cross, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.
    • 22:31 Karl Henry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker. Jean Makoun restarts play with the free kick.
    • 21:14 Darren Bent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Stearman. Nenad Milijas takes the direct free kick.
    • 20:52 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Richard Stearman.
    • 20:10 The assistant referee signals for offside against Christophe Berra. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
    • 19:35 Nenad Milijas fouled by Jean Makoun, the ref awards a free kick. Nenad Milijas takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:20 George Elokobi fouled by Marc Albrighton, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
    • 17:04 Kyle Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Hammill. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
    • 16:17 Corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line, Stewart Downing takes a shot. Blocked by Karl Henry.
    • 13:54 Unfair challenge on Chris Herd by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick. Nigel Reo-Coker takes the direct free kick.
    • 10:25 George Elokobi concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Walker. Free kick crossed by Ashley Young, clearance by Kevin Doyle.
    • 8:34 Ashley Young takes the outswinging corner, Header from deep inside the area by Carlos Cuellar goes over the bar.
    • 8:28 A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.
    • 8:07 Adam Hammill takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
    • 5:36 Foul by Jean Makoun on Adam Hammill, free kick awarded. Nenad Milijas takes the free kick.
    • 3:16 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 2:36 The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, clearance by Richard Stearman.
    • 1:41 Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nenad Milijas, clearance made by Darren Bent.
    • 0:34 The referee blows for offside against Kevin Doyle. Chris Herd takes the indirect free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    As it stood on 19 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

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    1 Man Utd 30 34 63
    2 Arsenal 29 30 58
    3 Man City 29 20 53
    4 Chelsea 28 27 51
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    6 Liverpool 29 3 42
    7 Bolton 30 1 40
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    16 West Brom 30 -15 33
    17 West Ham 30 -13 32
    18 Wolves 30 -14 32
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