Wolves star singled out for ‘outstanding performance’ in Aston Villa clash and makes pundit’s team of the week

Wolverhampton Wanderers came out on top in Saturday’s Black Country derby with a 2-1 win to keep Bruno Lage’s side within touching distance of the top four in the Premier League.

Wolves have had one player selected by former Tottenham Hotspur striker Garth Crooks in the BBC’s pundits Premier League ‘team of the week’.

The star man was a key part of ensuring that Bruno Lage’s side picked up three points from the match, a result which keeps them just five points behind the top four ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Jonny opened the socring for the hosts at Molineux before an Ashley Young own goal gave them a 2-0 lead going into half time.

Villa did manage to pull a goal back through a late Ollie Watkins penalty but it wasn’t enough and the home side hung on to secure the result.

Here is how Crooks’ team of the week looks and which Hammers players he selected:

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Jose Sa makes ‘team of the week’ alongside Kane, De Bruyne & more

Jose Sa of Wolves in action during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on April 02

Crooks selected Jose Sa between the sticks for his ‘team of the week’ after the Wolves’ stoppers excellent display against Aston Villa.

The former Spurs striker said: “What a game this was.

“Villa started it as though they’d forgot to put studs in their boots and looked like a team who were in a production of Bambi on Ice.

“Meanwhile Ollie Watkins fluffed two golden chances and didn’t seem to bat an eyelid.

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“The Villa striker didn’t shy away from taking the penalty he was awarded having collided with Jose Sa.

“I thought Sa was unlucky to concede the penalty but it didn’t diminish what I thought was another outstanding performance by the Portugal international.”

It was also noted in the same article that “among goalkeepers with 500+ minutes played this season, Sa has the best save percentage in the Premier League (79%).”

Who else made Garth Crooks team of the week?

Harry Kane and Cristian Romero were selected from Spurs after they demolished Newcastle United 5-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with Romero in particular putting in an excellent display at the back.

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Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling made the team from Manchester City, who beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor, while Brentford’s Christian Eriksen and Vitaly Janelt were also picked for their parts in the Bees’ sensational 4-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Making up the squad are West Ham’s Craig Dawson and Aaron Cresswell, the latter having scored a sensational free-kick in the Hammers 2-1 win at home to Everton, along with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez.

The other ten players selected by the BBC Pundit this week were:

  • Craig Dawson (West Ham)
  • Aaron Cresswell (West Ham)
  • Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
  • Cristian Romero (Tottenham)
  • James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
  • Christian Eriksen (Brentford)
  • Kevin de Bruyne (Man City)
  • Vitaly Janelt (Brentford)
  • Harry Kane (Tottenham)
  • Raheem Sterling (Man City)

You can read more on Garth Crook’s team of the week selections with the full article available on the BBC Sport website.