Even the most hopeful Wolves supporter could not have predicted the euphoria that overtook the away section when his team trailed 2-0 to their nearest Premier League rivals with 10 minutes to go. Rben Neves’ deflected free-kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time sealed a dramatic comeback as Aston Villa let this West Midlands derby slip through their fingers.
After their manager, Bruno Lage, went for broke with his aggressive changes, propelling his team to ninth place, the Wolves players were at the proper end to run over and share the celebrations with their fans. How fortunate the brave were.
The visitors’ penetration did grow as the game’s momentum shifted, with Ral Jiménez, on as a replacement, pushing the Villa defensive line into retreat and Adama Traoré causing issues in more advanced areas.
“I’m happy because we made the right decisions, not [just] because we won the game,” Lage said. “These are the kind of days I want to live in my career, I want to have as a manager. I’m not a big emotional guy [but] this is a special game we will remember.”
Jacob Ramsey tripped Traoré just outside the penalty box as Villa, who had led thanks to Danny Ings and John McGinn goals, lost their cool when Romain Sass converted Podence’s low cross. Conor Coady bundled home the equalizer five minutes later.
After ricocheting off Matt Targett, Neves’ free kick sent goalkeeper Emiliano Martnez the wrong way. This was Wolves’ fourth win in five games, despite being second best for the majority of the game as Villa lost at home for the first time this season.
The Villa manager, Dean Smith, said the home dressing room was “pretty silent” after the game. “I’m still trying to process it,” he said. “I don’t think the momentum changed, I don’t think it was anything tactical. I thought the performance today was good but unfortunately the last 10 minutes we didn’t defend our box as well as we should’ve done.”
source : Guardian sport