Aston Villa’s European hopes suffered another setback as they were held to a goalless draw by Wolves in their West Midlands derby.
The hosts, who suffered a surprise loss to Sheffield United in midweek, dominated the early stages with Ollie Watkins and Ezri Konsa both hitting the crossbar.
But with the influential Jack Grealish again missing as he recovers from injury, Villa faded after the break as Wolves sparked into life.
Having failed to create a chance of note during the first period, Nuno Espirito Santo’s visitors somehow contrived to miss several gilt-edged chances to snatch all three points.
Romain Saiss blazed an effort over the bar from practically on the goal-line after Conor Coady had headed against a post, while another close-range effort from Coady drew a superb save from Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to ensure the spoils were shared.
The result leaves Villa ninth in the table on 40 points while Wolves remain 12th, five points further back.
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- 27El Mohamady
- 6Douglas Luiz
- 25SansonBooked at 27minsSubstituted forBarkleyat 61′minutes
- 15TraoréSubstituted forRamseyat 83′minutes
- 17TrézéguetSubstituted forDavisat 78′minutes
- 11Rui Patrício
- 22Nélson Semedo
- 28João Moutinho
- 19Castro Otto
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- 17Fábio Silva
Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Matt Targett (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.
Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Conor Coady.
Fábio Silva (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Aston Villa).
Foul by Fábio Silva (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Aston Villa. Ross Barkley tries a through ball, but Jacob Ramsey is caught offside.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Jacob Ramsey replaces Bertrand Traoré because of an injury.
Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Fábio Silva replaces Willian José.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Keinan Davis replaces Trézéguet.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Emiliano Martínez.
Attempt saved. Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian José.
Attempt missed. Willian José (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker following a set piece situation.