Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Keane at the double for Villa

Robbie Keane (centre)

Two-goal Robbie Keane marked his full Aston Villa debut with a superb second-half winner to earn a 3-2 victory against 10-man Wolves in a pulsating Barclays Premier League derby at Molineux.

The on-loan Los Angeles Galaxy striker's double helped Villa to come from behind against his old club after Darren Bent's early penalty had been cancelled out by goals from Michael Kightly and Dave Edwards.

Wolves had been reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes remaining after midfielder Karl Henry kicked out at winger Marc Albrighton and received a red card.

Villa started promisingly and should have gone ahead in the first minute. Ciaran Clark delivered a telling cross from the left of the Wolves box and Gary Gardner found himself unmarked at the far post but headed wide.

But after 10 minutes Bent scored his 99th Premier League goal from the penalty spot to put Villa ahead. Wolves could have no complaints as the England striker was chopped down inside the box by Christophe Berra. Up stepped Bent to send Wayne Hennessey the wrong way from the spot.

After 21 minutes the lively Kightly brought Wolves level. Emmanuel Frimpong showed some neat skill before finding Kightly on the right and he cut inside before beating Shay Given with a low drive into the far corner.

It came as no surprise when Wolves went ahead after 31 minutes through Edwards with Villa again vulnerable at a set-piece. Kightly's corner was met by Roger Johnson's powerful header and Edwards got in front of Given to head the ball into the roof of the net.

Seven minutes after the break Keane brought Villa level. Matt Jarvis' clearance fell straight to Clark who headed the ball down for Keane who swivelled and drilled a low shot past Hennessey into the corner of the net.

Wolves were reduced to 10 men after 75 minutes when Henry kicked out at Albrighton when on the ground and was given a straight red card. The former captain will miss the games with QPR, Liverpool and West Brom while serving a three-game ban.

Villa made their numerical advantage count when Keane scored a superb winner in the 84th minute. Alan Hutton's cross was only half cleared to Keane, whose fierce 20-yard drive flew past Hennessey into the top corner of the net.

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