Post-Match Analysis: Wolves and Villa both draw blanks in the derby
Pedro Neto of Wolverhampton Wanderers is interviewed after the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park on March 06, 2021 in Birmingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers made the short trip to Aston Villa on Saturday evening, in an important match for both sides, in the Premier League. Neither team did enough to come away with the victory with the match ending 0-0.

The Villain's went closest in the first half through Ollie Watkins, who rattled the crossbar in the fourth minute, from just outside the box. Villa hit the crossbar again just minutes later when Ezri Konsa was put through on goal but his shot cannoned off the crossbar from close range.

Conor Coady went close for Wolves in the second half, after the ball fell to him from a set-piece and his shot was edged around the post by Emiliano Martinez, who has been in inspired form since his summer transfer from Arsenal.

Romain Saiss missed the best chance of the game for the Wanderers, slicing the ball over the bar from practically the goal line.

Wolves rue missed chances

Nuno Espírito Santo's side will be rueing their missed opportunities, they could have gone to within two points of the Villa and continued their revival, they had been five unbeaten until their loss to Manchester City in the week. 

Willian Jose didn't make the most of Nuno's faith, failing to score again, making it nine games in all competitions that he has failed to score in, since his January arrival from Real Sociedad.

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Wolves will be hoping they can start finding the net on a more regular basis in the coming weeks, as their hunt for a top-half finish heats up, with their next five games vital as they play all of the bottom three.

Adama Traore fails to shine again

Adama Traore is still yet to register a goal or an assist in the league this season and he's being linked with a move away from Molineux. With his performances continuing to slump this campaign, his asking price will only go down, unless he starts to perform to the standards we all know he is capable of.

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Players like Traore are being affected more due to the injury of Raúl Jiménez, the Mexican fractured his skull in November and has been recovering ever since, and the goal contributions that he would normally bring are making Traore's poor form more evident.

Pedro Neto has really stepped up and filled in for their talisman striker, Jiménez's big boots, the 20-year-old has 10 goal involvements this season and he only turns 21 on Tuesday, Neto has recently stated that he wants to be "the best in the world" and he's certainly proving he's a top talent.

Wolves continue defensive security

Nuno's side have continued their defensive solidity, recording another clean sheet. They may have ridden their luck at times in the game against Villa but Nuno will be pleased with how they kept Watkins off the score sheet.

It seems as though Wolves have ditched their continued attempt to play with a flat back four and have instead decided to stick with their five at the back-formation. The players never seemed to adapt the shape and have seemed solid since the change back.

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