Wolverhampton Wanderers kept their top four ambitions alive with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in a Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.
Villa switched tact to two upfront in Keinan Davis and Mbwanna Samatta with Conor Hourihane earning his 100th league appearance, while Adama Traore started on the bench for Wolves.
Fullback Matt Targett walked off the pitch with just ten minutes played following an injury and was rightfully replaced by Neil Taylor.
The first real opening came after 20 minutes with Raul Jimenez getting onto the end of Joao Moutinho’s low ball which Orjan Nyland parried quite effectively.
Matt Doherty, on the other hand, went charging down from the right side before crashing off the side-netting from an acute angle moments later.
Villa unleashed their first attack at goal towards the end of the half as Jack Grealish worked an angle on the far side before bringing Rui Patricio to a low save.
The Clarets were given a huge let off when a howler from Nyland found Diogo Jota with an open goal on 40 minutes, but the Portuguese blazed horribly over.
Adama Traore was brought off the bench ten minutes after halftime with Jota making way, as Wolves looked for more steel upfront.
Traore’s change proved incisive when his off-the-ball run near the area led to a ball into the area for Leander Dendoncker to slot into the bottom corner.
Villa went close to pulling level following a couple of deliveries in and around the danger area, but Wolves made life difficult with a number of bodies behind the ball.
That proved to the final sequence of events, as Wolves ran out the remaining minutes to hold onto their lead and bag the points in their-top-four pursuit.