Former Wolves midfielder David Edwards thinks his old club looked far fitter than Aston Villa on Saturday.

Bruno Lage’s side roared back late to win the Midlands derby 3-2 at Villa Park having been 2-0 down with ten minutes left.

Edwards used his Express and Star column to praise Wolves for their fitness and the way they managed the game.

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“It’s exactly how I suggested it could go, talking about the emotion – hoping Wolves, without as many British players and staff, could take the emotion out of it.

“It does tire you out and it looks like that’s maybe what Villa got caught up in, they died on their feet.

“Wolves just looked stronger and fitter while in the ascendency in the last ten minutes.

 

“It’s a huge win for Bruno Lage – not just because it was a derby, but in Wolves’ season generally. The knockout blow came with a bit of fortune via a deflection but it was that pressure, cross after cross, Villa just couldn’t clear their lines.”

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Wolves showed grit, spirit and perseverance to get the win eventually when the situation looked bleak on 80 minutes.

Part of that is due to fitness and Lage had Wolves doing double sessions all the way through pre-season.

There is also confidence there now after three straights wins. Leeds are next up – and they are one of the fittest sides in league.

Wolves’ late show last weekend should convince Lage they can match Marcelo Bielsa’s side physically.

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