Villa beat Wolves to boost promotion hopes

Glenn Whelan of Aston Villa reacts after Derby's opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Aston Villa at iPro Stadium

Villa Park will host the showdown.

"But everyone is playing their part for us right now which is great but it also makes it hard for me when it comes to picking the team". I thought about making five or six changes but the way we won on Saturday weighed against me.

Speaking on Channel 5's Championship highlights show, he said: "I've got to back them (Wolves), I still think they've got enough quality to go on and win the Championship. My experience told me that the third game in a week was too much".

It left Cardiff holding a seven-point advantage over Villa, whose automatic promotion hopes suffered a major blow with a surprise 3-1 defeat at home to QPR.

Matt Doherty struck in each half, on either side of a 58th-minute goal from on-loan Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe, as the league leaders earned a victory after taking just five points from their previous five games.

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The Bluebirds have a tough week ahead with visits to Brentford and Derby County to negotiate, but they need just three points between the two games to ensure they head into the global break with second place still in their grip. We performed fantastically well in the last derby game against Birmingham.

Sheffield United closed the gap to the play-off places to two points after a 2-0 win over second-bottom Burton.

Former Shamrock Rovers player Enda Stevens, who was called up to the Irish squad last week. opened the scoring in the first half before David Brooks' goal after the break helped lift them to seventh. "They have the players who will punish you".

Bottom club Sunderland lost 1-0 at Queens Park Rangers and are four points behind fourth-from-bottom Barnsley. The Swansea loanee Oli McBurnie celebrated his first Scotland call-up with a neat volley just before half-time only for Josh Murphy to equalise.


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