Two of the Championship’s form sides came head to head when Aston Villa visited Molineux for a tasty Midlands derby on Saturday evening.

Steve Bruce’s side had won the previous four and were unbeaten since August 15.

Wolves, meanwhile, had been rampant prior to the international break. They’d crashed four past Burton at the Pirelli Stadium.

Villa had come into the game full of belief that they could overturn one of the early pace setters in the Championship and they had every right to, leaving teams such as Barnsley, Nottingham Forest, Burton and Bolton all in their wake.

The claret and blues had started to gain some momentum.

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However it was the hosts who started full of purpose and intent as they looked for the crucial opening goal.

Romain Saiss’ header was deflected over after just five minutes and skipper Danny Batth saw his effort creep inches past the upright not long after.

The atmosphere was highly charged, and that was reflected on the football being played. Tackles were flying in from all directions, one noticeably from Alan Hutton who denied Helder Costa a route to goal with a vital intervention.

Robert Snodgrass was later penalised for a crunching challenge on Ivan Cavaleiro, who was terrorising Villa’s line of defence in the early stages.

He was booked for his actions.

Both sides had claims for a penalty in the first half, when Albert Adomah seemed to bundle over wing back Matt Doherty in the area.

It was Villa’s turn to appeal next when Snodgrass hit the deck, claiming that he was fouled by Barry Douglas.

The referee kept his hands by his sides on both occasions.

A largely dominated first half performance by Wolves came to an end without a goal to register, but the crowd didn’t have to wait long after the start of the second to witness another moment of magic from star man Jota.

A teasing ball from Cavaleiro evaded everybody in the Villa box before reaching Jota, who took a touch out of his feet before firing a ferocious effort into the roof of the net.

It wasn’t long before the capacity Molineux crowd was in raptures yet again, with Jota at the centre of it all.

After a blistering run from his own half, he danced round the defenders before the ball fell kindly to Bonatini who beat Sam Johnstone from an improbable angle.

The Villans were shell-shocked and were not able to handle the pace all game of the Portuguese trio and the chances kept coming.

After losing count of the number of passes Wolves had strung together, Doherty broke the Villa line before sending a cross over to Jota, whose header was stopped on the line by Johnstone.

The keeper then superbly denied Bonatini from point blank range.

The points stayed in the Black Country as Villa travelled back to Birmingham empty handed.

Wolves this season look like the real deal, and after seasons of criticism and negativity, they look to be finally heading back to where the fans feel they belong.