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Villa held by Wolves in derby stalemate as Wigan continue their winning ways


Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph, left, vies with Wolves’ Jamie O’Hara during their match in Birmingham, England, yesterday.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers maintained their impressive start to the Premier League season as Mick McCarthy’s team ground out a 0-0 draw at local rivals Aston Villa yesterday.

McCarthy’s men won their opening two league matches and showed plenty of grit to keep Villa at bay in a hard-fought, but ultimately uninspiring midlands derby.

Wolves’ point takes them to the top of the table, although they are likely to surrender that position by the end of the weekend.

Villa are also still unbeaten after three matches, but Alex McLeish’s side will be more frustrated to have to settle for a draw.

The hosts’ first chance fell to Stiliyan Petrov, but the Bulgarian midfielder dragged his 20-yard drive wide.

Shay Given’s awkward movement suggested the Villa goalkeeper may have been struggling with the groin problem that has bothered him recently, but he still did well to block a Stephen Hunt header from Stephen Ward’s cross.

Villa should have taken the lead when Emile Heskey met Gabriel Agbonlahor’s cross, only for the former Liverpool and England forward to drag his effort wide at the near post.


AP, WIGAN, England

Argentine striker Franco Di Santo scored either side of halftime to earn Wigan a 2-0 win over promoted Queens Park Rangers and maintain his team’s unbeaten record yesterday.

The former Chelsea forward drilled a finish into the top corner in the 41st minute for the opening goal and wrapped up victory with a deflected shot from just outside the penalty box in the 66th minute.

Wigan only survived relegation on the final day of last season, but the northwest club has made a solid start to the new campaign, including draws in theri first two games.

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