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Sport Championship Review: Wolves return to winning ways, open gap to Villa

02:16  14 march  2018
02:16  14 march  2018 Source:   goal.com

Villa dealt blow in chase for Sam Johnstone

  Villa dealt blow in chase for Sam Johnstone Aston Villa have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of on loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, according to the Birmingham Mail. The Manchester United loanee this week signed a new deal at Old Trafford, meaning that if Villa want to sign the goalkeeper in the January transfer window, they’ll have to play a higher price. Villa owner owner Dr Tony Xia has constantly relayed his desire to make the transfer permanent in the summer, but now it looks to be a tough ask if Villa want to keep the Mancunian in the second city. The 24 year old has been ever-present for the Villans so far this season, appearing in all 34 Championship fixtures to date for Steve Bruce’s side. Although Villa may have to pay more for Johnstone in the Summer, they know what a vital player he could be if Aston Villa are to get promoted back to the Premier League this season.

Aston Villa lost the ground made up on Wolves in their weekend defeat of the league leaders as contrasting results opened up a 10-point gap . A much-needed 3-0 win at home to Reading allowed Championship leaders Wolves to pull away of the promotion-chasers again, while maintaining top

Aston Villa lost the ground made up on Wolves in their weekend defeat of the league leaders as contrasting results opened up a 10-point gap . A much-needed 3-0 win at home to Reading allowed Championship leaders Wolves to pull away of the promotion-chasers again, while maintaining top

Wolvescelebrate - cropped: Wolves celebrate a goal at home to Reading © Provided by Goal Wolves celebrate a goal at home to Reading

Wolves recovered from their humbling at Aston Villa to restore a 10-point gap to Steve Bruce's side, who were surprisingly beaten by QPR.

A much-needed 3-0 win at home to Reading allowed Championship leaders Wolves to pull away of the promotion-chasers again, while maintaining top spot ahead of Cardiff City.

Hull City picked up another big win at the bottom of the table, but Barnsley were held and Burton Albion lost on a dramatic evening at either end of the division.

WOLVES ARREST SLUMP

After a run of just one win in five league games – including a thrashing at promotion rivals Villa – Wolves rediscovered their groove against struggling Reading.

Manchester United linked with a move for Ruben Neves

  Manchester United linked with a move for Ruben Neves Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Ruben Neves from Wolves this summer. According to a report from Spanish news outlet El Gol Digital, as cited by the Birmingham Mail, the Red Devils are on the lookout for midfielders as they aim to replace Ander Herrera. It’s stated that the ex-Athletic Bilbao midfielder could be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer. This has led Jose Mourinho to look for replacements and reports indicate that Neves has been lined up. Wolves stunned the footballing world in the summer by signing Neves from FC Porto despite the player being linked with moves to some of the top clubs in the Premier League. Neves has not disappointed in the Championship and has displayed his qualities on numerous occasions. The Portugal international has had a hand in helping his side to the top of the league as they prepare for Premier League football next season. The 20-year-old would not come cheaply, though, and Wolves are sure to be keen to retain the services of their star man.

Aston Villa lost the ground made up on Wolves in their weekend defeat of the league leaders as contrasting results opened up a 10-point gap . A much-needed 3-0 win at home to Reading allowed Championship leaders Wolves to pull away of the promotion-chasers again, while maintaining top

Aston Villa lost the ground made up on Wolves in their weekend defeat of the league leaders as contrasting results opened up a 10-point gap . A much-needed 3-0 win at home to Reading allowed Championship leaders Wolves to pull away of the promotion-chasers again, while maintaining top

Matt Doherty's brace and a goal from Benik Afobe kept Wolves three points clear of Cardiff at the summit, the Welsh club also winning – 3-1 at Brentford.

Both Wolves and Cardiff would have been encouraged by Villa's shock defeat at home to QPR, meanwhile, as the visitors blew Bruce's in-form outfit away.

A rare Jake Bidwell strike – his first in the league for QPR – secured a 2-0 lead that Luke Freeman stretched to three before James Chester's late consolation.

HULL SET FOR SURVIVAL

Nigel Adkins' Hull were the big winners at the bottom, building on their dramatic success at home to Norwich City with a 3-0 victory at Ipswich Town.

Efforts from Markus Henriksen, Harry Wilson and Jarrod Bowen have the Humberside club now nine points clear of the drop zone as they look to avert a second consecutive relegation.

Things are not looking quite so rosy for Barnsley, who remain outside the bottom three but only by three points after Norwich's Josh Murphy cancelled out another Oliver McBurnie goal in a 1-1 stalemate.

Burton are in real trouble, having lost 2-0 at Sheffield United. The Blades kept their play-off hopes alive through Enda Stevens and starlet David Brooks.

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