Unfortunately Villa couldn’t keep the winning run going today, falling to a quality Wolves side.
Wolves were just a level above. We didn’t have a sniff today.
After a high tempo start, the home side managed to take the game by the scruff. A ball was played through to Helder Costa who looked to have the pace on Alan Hutton, but somehow it wasn’t enough as the Scotsman won the ball back with a perfect last ditch tackle.
Soon after, Robert Snodgrass put in a sliding tackle which was, to put it lightly, not so pretty. Luckily, Danny Baath’s header from resulting free kick fell wide.
For all of their skilful players and possession, most of Wolves chances came from range. Johnstone’s one real test in the opening 45 was when he had to deal with a swerving half volley from Ruben Neves.
Miranda also went close, coming close in his attempt to bend a shot inside Sam Johnstone’s post.
The half as a whole was pretty uneventful. Ever the optimist, I saw this as a chance for a classic smash and grab win. How wrong I was.
And in the second half Wolves finally got the goal their possession and pressure deserved, Jota gave Elmohamaday the slip quite literally, before lashing the ball in.
Now Villa had to push forward and risk potentially getting exposed. We were crying out for a change in system from the rigid 4-4-2 with our midfield struggling, but Bruce stood firm.
And our midfield was exposed big time, Hutton managed to stop Jota, but Leo Bonatini was there to fire past Johnstone from a tight angle.
Wolves nearly made it embarrassing. Cheering every pass, the table toppers would’ve been three nil up after an excellent passing move if it weren’t for the double save from Johnstone then the block from Chester.
We just weren’t on it today. The midfield was overrun, Jonathan Kodjia and Keinan Davis struggled for service while wingers Snodgrass and Adomah had to were doing more defending than attacking.
Snodgrass nearly pulled one back with a dink of a free-kick which clipped the crossbar, but even if we had made it 2-1, I don’t think we would’ve had enough for the equalizer.
So where does that leave us? Well hopefully it’s a blip. One loss in eight isn’t the catastrophe like some people will make out on Twitter, and we can still turn this month around. Up the Villa!
Alan Hutton – The Scotsman filled in at left back today when many people wanted Richie De Laet to fill that role. Nevertheless, the former Spurs full-back did a solid job, making some crucial last ditch tackles.