Watch Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa full match replay and highlights.
KICK-OFF at 13:00 (GMT) on 8th October 2023
The referee for this match is R. Jones
Game played at Molineux Stadium
This is a match in England – Premier League, Week 8, Season 2023/2024
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa Full Match Reports
Wolverhampton Wanderers extended their unbeaten streak in the Premier League (PL) to three games with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against high-flying Aston Villa, who themselves secured their fourth consecutive unbeaten league run.
In this clash of the Midlands titans, it was the visiting side that emerged as the early aggressors. Wing-back Matty Cash tested José Sá’s reflexes early on, latching onto John McGinn’s precise cross to the far post. McGinn, riding high on his late match-winner against HŠK Zrinjski Mostar during the week, exuded confidence, unleashing a long-range strike that narrowly missed its mark, providing solace to the home supporters.
Wolves, fresh from their stunning upset against European champions Manchester City the previous weekend, patiently awaited their first meaningful opportunity, which arrived in the 34th minute. Rayan Aït-Nouri swept the ball just wide of the far post from Hwang Hee-chan’s low delivery. With neither side able to shatter the impasse in the opening half, the teams headed into halftime on level footing, marking the fifth occasion in the PL this season.
Aston Villa sought to catch their hosts off guard after the break, with Ollie Watkins forcing a fingertip save from Sá. However, it was the home side that struck first, thanks to Hwang’s fifth PL goal of the season. Pedro Neto embarked on a surging run down the right flank, advancing to the byline before pinpointing a near-post run by the South Korean maestro, who calmly tapped home from close quarters. Nevertheless, the Villans swiftly replied, with Pau Torres expertly guiding the ball into the net from Watkins’ curling delivery, marking his inaugural Villa goal.
As the game teetered on the brink of a decisive outcome, Wolves’ substitute Saša Kalajdžić nearly proved to be the game-changer. His inch-perfect pass found Neto, but the Portuguese winger faltered in composure, sending his effort harmlessly over the crossbar. As hopes of clinching victory dissipated, the task shifted to safeguarding the draw, compounded by Mario Lemina’s stoppage-time dismissal. Desperate defending was the order of the day for the hosts as they clung to a point, ascending to the 14th spot on the table. Meanwhile, Unai Emery’s charges approach the international break perched in fifth position.
The coveted Man of the Match accolade was fittingly bestowed upon Pau Torres of Aston Villa, who showcased his prowess throughout the encounter.