Wolves arrived at Villa Park on Saturday evening as the all-conquering leaders ready to put their less talented local rivals in their place, but, to the delight of all Villa fans, they were sent packing with their tails between their legs.

At half-time, with the scores level at 1-1, it looked like the match could go either way, but Villa emerged with the bit between their teeth and tore Wolves apart on the counter with verve.

If anyone said before the match started that Villa would win by three goals, they would have been given swift directions to the closest psychiatric hospital. In fact, many Villa fans probably turned up at Villa Park thinking that the most they could get out of this match was a creditable draw. As it is, this is a night that all Villa fans won’t forget in a hurry.

Below are four things that we learned from Villa’s destruction of Wolves:

 

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