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Aston Villa 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Villa Park
Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce was installed as Aston Villa boss on Wednesday

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce began his reign with a point as the local derby against Wolves ended in a draw.

But Villa Park's fifth home league draw in six games this season could quite easily have ended badly for Bruce.

Villa took the lead through Jonathan Kodjia's 15th-minute penalty, only for Wolves to level with a spot-kick of their own from Helder Costa.

And Wolves had enough second-half chances to have won comfortably.

On a day when Bruce's side began the game in the Championship's bottom three thanks to the day's earlier results, they ended it in 20th - nine points behind his old club Birmingham City, who occupy the last of the four play-off places.

And the new Villa boss certainly now knows the full size of the job he has taken on.

In a game of penalty decisions, two given, and one not, Wolves had the more raw deal.

Villa's Jack Grealish had already given a warning of his close control before he got into the penalty area, where he went down under a challenge from Dominic Iorfa - his England Under-21 international team-mate in midweek.

Kodjia converted the penalty, but Wolves levelled just 19 minutes later, also from the spot - a far less controversial decision.

Having left Costa alone on the edge of the area, a desperately back-tracking Aly Cissokho tried to cover but the Wolves winger's goalbound left-foot curling shot struck his outstretched arm, and Costa himself converted the spotkick.

Wolves then had the best penalty shout of the lot early in the second half when Micah Richards bundled over Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, but nothing was given.

The visitors could feel aggrieved but they had only themselves to blame after that as Prince Oniangue and Bodvarsson both struck efforts wide, sub Nouha Dicko shot over from an angle and Ivan Cavaleiro's goalbound shot was brilliantly blocked by Alan Hutton.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:

"There's a lot of work to be done. The hardest part in management is always getting over a relegation. We've now won only four games in 55, which is an alarming statistic, but it's my job to find a formula to win.

"We did well with all the late blocks and saves we made, but we tired badly, which was alarming.

"It would have been nice to bring big Rudy Gestede on, or Jordan Ayew, and make an attacking substitution. But we had two struggling with calf injuries, Micah Richards and Tommy Elphick. They've now got no chance of making it on Tuesday night (at Reading)."

Wolves head coach Walter Zenga told BBC Sport:

"In any game, there are always moments that determine whether it is a win, loss or draw and the challenge on Bodvarsson was one of those moments. The perfect moment to put my team in front. Totally, no doubt. It was a penalty.

"The start of the the season was difficult, introducing so many new players, but now we know what we want and the team is benefiting.

"Wolves played with spirit, courage and attitude. It was important for us to play this way. But we need the same performance every week, not to be up and down. We have to find consistency."


Aston Villa

  • 1Gollini
  • 4RichardsSubstituted forHuttonat 66'minutes
  • 6ElphickSubstituted forBakerat 77'minutes
  • 12ChesterBooked at 49mins
  • 28Cissokho
  • 37Adomah
  • 25JedinakSubstituted forWestwoodat 55'minutes
  • 8Tshibola
  • 40Grealish
  • 26KodjiaBooked at 19mins
  • 44McCormackBooked at 40mins


  • 2Baker
  • 7Bacuna
  • 10J Ayew
  • 14Gestede
  • 15Westwood
  • 21Hutton
  • 31Bunn


  • 1Ikeme
  • 18IorfaBooked at 45mins
  • 6Batth
  • 30Hause
  • 2Doherty
  • 27Saiss
  • 17Hélder CostaSubstituted forCavaleiroat 72'minutes
  • 16CoadyBooked at 40mins
  • 4EdwardsBooked at 86mins
  • 20OnianguéSubstituted forDickoat 66'minutes
  • 22BödvarssonSubstituted forMasonat 88'minutes


  • 5Stearman
  • 8Saville
  • 9Dicko
  • 10Mason
  • 21Lonergan
  • 24Brito Teixeira
  • 50Cavaleiro
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Aston Villa. James Chester tries a through ball, but Aaron Tshibola is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Iorfa with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Joe Mason replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

  9. Post update

    Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

  11. Booking

    David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

    Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Edwards.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Romain Saiss.

  16. Post update

    Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ross McCormack (Aston Villa).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Nathan Baker replaces Tommy Elphick.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

As It Stood

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10Sheff Wed115241314-117
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20Aston Villa121831113-211
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