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Analysis: Aston Villa 2-0 Wolves

Wolves manager Gary O'Neil claps his fans after their 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa
[PA Media]

Wolves and Gary O'Neil are hampered. There is simply no getting away from that at the moment.

The absence of Pedro Neto, Hwang Hee-chan and Matheus Cunha leaves a lack of quality and creativity in the final third and leaves their squad depth extremely exposed at this level.

O'Neil's side started strongly at Villa Park and if Rayan Ait-Nouri had converted his early chance the result may well have been different.

The opener halted the momentum that Wolves had built up and a comeback never looked likely.

Still, this has been an encouraging campaign for Wolves and a run of three defeats in four doesn't change that.

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