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Alan Shearer reacts to Wolves 2-1 Aston Villa on Match of the Day

Wolves are back on track in the Premier League after beating Aston Villa 2-1 at Molineux yesterday.

Bruno Lage’s side put in a great performance to take another three points against the Villans in 2021/22.

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Jonny Castro Otto grabbed his second goal in two games, rifling in after Fabio Silva saw a shot blocked.

Marcal then put in a fantastic cross which Ashley Young couldn’t help but put into his own net.

Wolves found themselves 2-0 up at half-time, as was the case against Leeds United before the international break.

But this time there was to be no capitulation.

Villa did get one back through Ollie Watkins via the penalty spot, but Wolves were able to hold on to climb back up to seventh.

It was a promising performance from Wolves, who really committed men forwards in the game, especially first-half.

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And Wolves’ style left Alan Shearer impressed on Match of the Day: “Wolves were superb in that first-half. They went after Aston Villa. Villa were all over the place. Steven Gerrard is right, it probably should have been more.

“Just look at the numbers Wolves are committing forwards. It eventually falls to Silva, gets blocked, and then Jonny and that’s a superb finish.

“But that was the impressive thing for me, is how they committed men forward.”

Micah Richards concurred, suggesting Villa were ‘stunned’ by Wolves’ game plan. He added that Wolves attacked with both ‘urgency’ and ‘quality’.

A thrilling first-half display that Wolves must build on

Wolves appeared to shock Aston Villa yesterday.

Performances have sometimes been a bit lethargic at Molineux this term. But that was not the case yesterday.

It was great to see players bombing forwards and trying to create problems for Villa.

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The visitors just couldn’t handle it, and really Wolves should have won by more.

Wolves need to build on this. The next step is to start killing games off and being just that bit more ruthless.

As Bruno Lage said post-match, it’s about not giving the opponent any hope.

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