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Wolves 1-2 Villa: Heskey hits late winner

Emiles Heskey celebrated his first league start for almost half a year by netting a late winner for Aston Villa on Sunday to give new boss Gerard Houllier his first win for the club

The former England international scored in the 88th minute to give his side all three points against Wolves at the Molineux with the home side experiencing some misfortune in taking nothing from the game.

Stewart Downing put Villa ahead in the 25th minute when he deflected a Marc Albrighton cross past Wolves keeper Marcus Hahnemann but Mick McCarthy's men levelled through Matthew Jarvis who floated a ball into the area which deceived Villa gloveman Brad Friedel in the 61st minute.

Heskey was then called on to head home a Stephen Warnock cross to give Villa maximum points and keep their 17-match unbeaten streak against the Wolves intact.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: 1 (Matthew Jarvis 61') Aston Villa: 2 (Stewart Downing 25', Emile Heskey 88') Venue: The Molineux, Wolverhampton Crowd: 27,511 Referee: Mark Halsey Yellow cards:WW - Jody Craddock 59' AV - Stephen Warnock 18', Steve Sidwell 90'

Starting Line-Ups

WW Marcus Hahnemann (gk), Christophe Berra, Jody Craddock, Stephen Ward (Elokobi 39'), Kevin Foley (Stearman 73'), David Jones, Karl Henry, Kevin Doyle, Matthew Jarvis, David Edwards (Guedioura 81'), Steven Fletcher

Subs - Wayne Hennessey (gk), Marcus Bent, Richard Stearman (73'), George Elokobi (39'), Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Nenad Milijas, Adlene Guedioura (81')

AV Brad Friedel (gk), James Collins, Carlos Cuellar, Stephen Warnock, Luke Young, Stiliyan Petrov (Sidwell 86'), Nigel Reo-Coker, Stewart Downing, Marc Albrighton (Agbonlahor 67'), Emile Heskey, Ashley Young

Subs - Brad Guzan (gk), Steve Sidwell (86'), Curtis Davies, Stephen Ireland, Gabriel Agbonlahor (67'), Erich Lichaj, Barry Bannan

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