Goals from Diogo Jota and Leo Bonatini downed Aston Villa and sent Wolverhampton Wanderers to the top of the Championship.

The game was given the big build-up but it was entirely one-sided in truth as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side trampled over Villa, who saw their four-game winning run brought to an abrupt halt.

Wolves dominated the first-half but had to wait until the second to make the breakthrough with Jota and half-time substitute Bonatini grabbing the headlines.

Here are some things you might have missed from the West Midlands derby:

Scouting mission

Bruce was at St Andrew’s last night to check out Birmingham City ahead of the Second City derby later this month and Blues manager Steve Cotterill returned the favour tonight.

Cotterill sat alongside Blues CEO Xuandong Ren and advisor Darren Dein at Molineux tonight.

Keepy uppies

There was a moment early in the second half where the ball reached Steve Bruce on the touchline and the manager controlled it with all the poise of a Premier League winning captain.

Bruce, who led Manchester United in his playing pomp, performed a few neat keepy uppies before returning the ball to the thrower.


Both teams were red hot as they walked out onto the field as the hosts looked to stoke up the atmosphere with a unique fire display.

The Molineux press box, which is quite a way above the turf, was roasting so we can only imagine how the players were feeling.

Only one set of players remained piping hot as they trudged off the field at full-time.

Borderline bust-up

A sequence of fouls in the first-half which ended with Conor Hourihane getting booked for bringing down Ivan Cavaleiro saw Bruce momentarily lose his cool.

The Villa boss exchanged words with a member of Wolves’ coaching staff briefly before they retreated to their respective benches.

Magnanimous in defeat

Bruce accepted Villa were beaten by the better team tonight and walked over to Nuno at the final whistle to shake his hand with a look of admiration.

The Villa boss accepts his team came up against something special and Wolves appear destined to fight it out right at the very top of the Championship this season.

A record attendance

Wolves’ attendance of 30,239 prompted a huge roar from the home fans when it was announced over the tannoy.

It was Wolves’ record gate in rebuilt Molineux and their biggest attendance since 1981.