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Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves: Dendoncker strike sends Wolves fifth

Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves: Leander Dendoncker strike sends Wolves fifth in the Premier League to keep Champions League dreams alive Villa Park.

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Wolves beat rivals Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday with Leander Dendoncker scoring the winner.

Wolves continued their charge for a Premier League top-four finish as Leander Dendoncker‘s second-half strike earned them victory at under-pressure Aston Villa.

The visitors, surprisingly, only managed two efforts on goal but they made it count with their second when the Belgium midfielder made a foray forward before striking low past Orjan Nyland.

It is now three wins out of three following the restart and Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side are fifth on 52 points with Chelsea, above them on 54, in their sights.

As for Dean Smith‘s men, they remain in 19th with 27 points. A draw could have lifted them out of the bottom three, which was as much as they looked like achieving at Villa Park.

Jack Grealish‘s first-half low driven effort was their only shot on target.

Even when the most potent pair do not combine for a goal, they still manage to influence the outcome.

The partnership of Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez has provided 10 goals in the league this season, but for the only goal at Villa Park, their mere presence together had an impact.

Four Villa players surrounded the pair on the left side of the pitch before Jimenez dug out a ball into the area which resulted in Dendoncker’s strike. Traore had only been on the pitch for two minutes at that stage with Nuno electing to rest the Spaniard, taking into account the busy schedule.

As an attacking force the visitors were not at their most threatening but a solid defensive display, led by the impressive Willy Boly, meant they did not have to change gears.

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