Aston Villa 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Neither side break the deadlock in an exciting draw

Aston Villa share the points with Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 0-0 draw at Villa Park.

The goalless draw means that Villa have now failed to score in their last four matches. 

The woodwork came to the rescue of both sides, denying Conor Coady, Ollie Watkins and Ezri Konsa. With Romain Saiss also having a moment to forget, after missing an open goal inside the six yard box. 

Story of the Match

Just four minutes in, Watkins gave Wolves fans a scare as he rattled the crossbar with an effort from range. 

Watkins' was called upon shortly afterwards, but opted to square an opportunity that was begging to be hit. Bertrand Traore was the target, however the pass went straight to the feet of Jonny Castro Otto instead.

The crossbar came to Wolves' rescue again, this time to deny Ezri Konsa. The young defender managed to get on the end of Traore's cross and Leander Dendoncker pressed quickly to get enough on the shot to deflect it onto the woodwork.  

Four minutes after the restart and Wolves had their first real chance of the match. Pedro Neto showed a fantastic burst of pace to run the length of the pitch, however his shot could only sting the hands of Emiliano Martinez

Eight minutes later, and Saiss had his head in his hands with a moment he certainly won't want to see again. Neto's beautiful cross found the head of Coady, who could only angle his header onto the inside of the post. The effort rebounded into the path of Saiss, who was presented with an open goal inside the six-yard box. However, his defensive instincts kicked in and his outstretched leg sent the ball over the bar.

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Wolves' domination of the second half continued with a wonderful chance for Coady, who looked inspired after his goal against Manchester City. After Villa failed to clear the corner, Coady is played through with his back to goal. The Wolves captain turned cleverly before getting a shot off, however Martinez gets just enough on the shot to send it wide. 

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Despite a late push from Villa, the two sides had no choice but to settle on taking a point each.

  • Key Takeaways

Watkins' Woes

You wouldn't think that Watkins was a striker that hadn't scored in his last four games, after seeing him smash the crossbar just four minutes in. However, his performance went downhill from here.

His decision making in the final third however was certainly lacking, which perhaps is a result of low confidence. 

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The choice to try and tee up Traore instead of going for goal himself was a frustrating example of this.

Aside from a late swing at goal from the Englishman, he was uninvolved for most of the second half. 

Pedro Neto

After a quiet first 45 minutes, Neto began the second half with a lot more energy and intent. 

His pace and directness was a real problem for the home sides defence, and his efforts certainly inspired a better performance from his team after the restart. 

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Once again, if the visitors were to score, it would have been through Neto. Wolves certainly have some player on their hands. 

No Grealish, No Party

Villa struggled again with the absence of their captain, and star man Jack Grealish.

The England international suffered a lower leg injury in training, just over two weeks ago.

The home side have failed to score in their last four matches - Grealish has been absent from all four. 

Although Villa started off well, they struggled to get a grip on the match in the second half and in the end, were lucky to get a point. 

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