[Editor’s Note] Every match, Liam - our young writer - selects a ‘man of the match’ - win, lose or draw.
A disappointing display at Molineux as Wolverhampton Wanderers move up to 8th in the Premier League table after Nuno’s side beat Aston Villa 2-1, a day to forget for the Villans.
Wolves dominated possession for the majority of the first-half and deservedly took the lead courtesy of Rúben Neves. The midfield maestro curled the ball past a helpless Ørjan Nyland in goal however questions must be asked regarding Villa’s strategy for defending the free kick before Neves’ goal with The Villa View’s Dan Bardell questioning the team’s performance as a whole. “It was difficult for the defence as the wingers didn’t help out enough and the central midfielders had an off day.” Dean Smith’s side partially improved during the second half but lacked any creativity with the home side coincidentally extending their lead in the 84th minute after Jiménez’s composed finish into the bottom corner of the net prompting scenes of bedlam and carnage to become prevalent inside the Molineux. The Egyptian Winger Mahmoud Trezeguet’s powerful finish proved to only be a consolation goal as the Villa faithful left Wolverhampton disheartened and dejected after a poor performance from their side.
After the worst display from Aston Villa this season, it is very difficult to select a man of the match as the large majority of players wearing claret and blue were complacent and demotivated despite putting in a superb performance against Liverpool last week. There was only one player who deserved the accolade of the man of the match and that was the real Egyptian King Mahmoud Trezeguet.
The attacker sporadically caused Wolverhampton Wanderers problems with his physicality and skill and deservedly got his goal late in the second half. Despite Villa’s attack, including the regularly scrutinised Wesley, looking passive and impotent throughout the fixture, Trezeguet was the only player who posed any attacking threat with co-founder and writer for Under A Gas Lit Lamp Mark Jirobe stating how important the Egyptian’s late goal will be for his confidence. “Two goals in two games will do Trezeguet’s conference a world of good. If he can continue to be a pest in wider positions, while maintaining defensive responsibilities, he may prove to be one of the better players this season.”
After a frustrating afternoon for the Villans, can Dean Smith’s side learn from their mistakes and improve ready for a massive Monday night fixture against Newcastle United?