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Match report: Villa Res 3-2 Wolves Res

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Match report: Villa Res 3-2 Wolves Res

By Dan Harrison

A quickfire double from Nathan Delfouneso ensured a second victory in the space of five days for Villa's high-flying reserves.

The 19-year-old netted his second and third goals in the space of a week after youngster Graham Burke began the claret and blue revival with his 59th minute strike.

It was Wolves who made the better start and took an early lead when full-back George Elokobi bagged the first of his two headed goals.

But Delfouneso's quality told and his goals on 71 and 73 minutes sent Villa on the way to another well-earned three points.

Both sides handed opportunities to a number of first team stars in this all-West Midlands encounter.

Delfouneso, Brad Guzan, Carlos Cuellar, Eric Lichaj, Steve Sidwell and Barry Bannan - all of whom were on the bench for Villa's goalless draw against Chelsea on Saturday - were given some game time.

It was a similar story for Wolves, who handed summer signing Stephen Hunt his second appearance as he steps up his comeback from injury.

Elokobi, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Jelle Van Damme were the other notable Premier League stars on the visitors' team-sheet.

The boys from the Black Country made the stronger start with Steven Mouyokolo heading wide after meeting Nenad Milijas' cross.

Sixty seconds later, Elokobi went one better to give Wolves a 14th minute lead.

The full-back did well to meet a Milijas corner at the near post but benefitted from goalkeeper Guzan losing his footing as the header came in.

But Villa, inspired by the driving runs of Moustapha Salifou from midfield, soon came back into the contest.

Salifou and Barry Bannan both tested Wayne Hennessey with long-range efforts, while Cuellar planted a bullet header straight at the Wales international keeper from Bannan's corner.

Aside from Marcus Bent's header wide from close range just after the break, it was all Kevin MacDonald's team in the second-half.

Youngster Burke arrived at the back post to convert Sidwell's cross for the equaliser on 59 minutes after neat exchanges on the right hand side between Sidwell and Salifou.

The game was very much in the balance before Delfouneso's quickfire double put the result beyond doubt.

The decision to replace goalscorer Burke with Courtney Cameron paid off immediately, as the tricky academy winger proved instrumental in Delfouneso's first goal.

Cameron surged down the right and squared to Delfouneso inside the box.

The striker moved the ball left to Hogg, who patiently held up the ball before rounding Hennessey and returning to Delfouneso to hammer it home.

Then, within two minutes, it was game over. Bannan and Sidwell combined to send Delfouneso clear out left.

The England under-21s forward jinked his way inside the Wolves box and nestled a left-foot strike into the top corner with the aid of a slight deflection.

Wolves grabbed a stoppage time consolation - Elokobi making the most of a goalmouth scramble to nod home his second of the night.

VILLA: Guzan; Berry, Cuellar, Lowry, Lichaj; Hogg, Sidwell, Salifou, Bannan; Delfouneso, Burke. Subs: Parish, Cameron (for Burke 66), Williams (for Berry, 87), Carruthers, Johnson (for Bannan, 79).

WOLVES: Hennessey, Mouyokolo, Batth, Elokobi, Ebanks-Landell, Mujangi, Van Damme, Milijas, Hunt, Bent, Ebanks-Blake. Subs: Hemmings (for Hunt 72), McCarey, Malone, Rooney (for Mujangi, 85), Winnall (for Van Damme, 85).

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 18th October 2010
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