Championship wrap: Doherty bags a brace for Wolves



But after head coach Nuno Espirito Santo shook them up with four changes from the side beaten 4-1 at Villa, Wolves responded in a fashion that saw normal service restored, goals in each half by Matt Doherty sandwiching one in between by Benik Afobe to give them a comfortable win.

Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers' promotion charge was halted as Midlands rivals Aston Villa handed out a 4-1 thrashing at a spirited Villa Park on Saturday.

James Chester restored Villa's lead when he prodded in a Robert Snodgrass free kick and Lewis Grabban made it 3-1 five minutes later with another close-range effort.

"We had all of that in abundance today and were backed by a wonderful crowd".

"The pitch is huge, but I like the way we are trying to pass it, and I think we will have a bit of confidence about us".

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Vexed supporters of the Molineux club took to social media to vent about the Villa boss. I thought about making five or six changes but the way we won on Saturday weighed against me. There's a long way to go still but we've given ourselves a real chance. "They know that all the pressure is on the big clubs because of the expectation on their players". "They have the players who will punish you".

"If I'd have done a wishlist years ago I couldn't have asked for much more - perhaps being 30 points clear at the top would have been nice, but unfortunately that's not the case!" There's an association between the fans and their team again.

"There are 10 games to go".

The top three - Wolves, Cardiff and Villa - all have an extra game to fit in on Tuesday after their matches scheduled for 3 March were postponed because of bad weather.

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