Aston Villa stormed to victory last night as they whitewashed Wolves in a 4-1 win at Villa park.
There were mixed reactions around Villa Park yesterday as league leaders, Wolverhampton Wanderers, suffered a huge defeat in what was a goal bonanza in the Championship as The Villans maintained their third-place position.
Steve Bruce was delighted with his team’s victory and spoke to Sky Sports after the game:
“Well we did play well, in simple terms, and we had to against a very decent side. Over the last two three months in particular, the whole team has produced some terrific performances, but to cap it off tonight against Wolves was terrific for everybody.
“I’ve said all along that a club like ours has got to be in the mix there or there about. The support today has made Villa Park rock again which is fantastic to see and with the fans support, and a bit of luck we are giving ourselves a chance.”
The Express and Star spoke to several Wolves fans about their views on the performance from their team, one said: “We just weren’t up for it, after five minutes we knew Danny Batth couldn’t cope on the right-hand side, I mean there were some players, Bonatini, how he stayed on for ninety minutes I do not know.”
Another said: “We don’t seem to have that pace that we used to have up front, and get in behind them, that’s what we seem to be missing. Too many passes when there were chances to shoot, and look at their fourth goal, no back lift, hit it from the edge of the box.”
The Villa View spoke to the claret and blue fans to get their reaction on the 4-1 win, one said: “I think the difference today was determination, heart for the badge, that’s the difference that I saw today, it was absolutely magical, magic moments today, ones that I am sure we will cherish at the end of the season, this was a really big result.”
I’ve seen quite a few Villa fans saying they weren’t expecting to win yesterday. Why? I don’t think many people realise how good we actually are. Everyone credits Fulham and Wolves for playing fantastic football and although they do we are just as good, if not better. #AVFC
— James (@Shead_AV) March 11, 2018
Another added: “Coming to this match I was expecting a draw to be honest, but today Wolves just didn’t turn up, the first half they were quite good, they were quick they were organised and closing us down, but in the second half we picked up the pace, and they were punished for it.”
Wolves have not played to the best of their ability recently, and this has been noticed, significantly in last night’s game, and Wolves head coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, spoke to Sky Sports of his disappointment:
“We did not play good, we were not good enough. We were not focused enough in the situation that we should be and we lost again.”
The Wolves boss also spoke to Wolves TV following the defeat:
“We were not good, in the first half we were better, but in the second half we were not, but the whole game we were not consistent, we were not solid like we should be. I’m not happy at all, but it has been a long season and the support has been fantastic, and this moment is tough for everybody, especially because it is a West Midlands derby, that means a lot to us, but we need the fans.”
Wolves are now only three points ahead of Cardiff City who have won six matches in a row, and now sit only seven points ahead of third place Villa.