Batth praise for Wolves in derby draw with Villa while Shiraz scores twice in eight-goal thriller

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DANNY BATTH was full of praise for his Wolves teammates following their draw with Midlands rivals Aston Villa on Saturday (15).

It was a tale of two penalties as Costa’s 34th minute spotkick cancelled out Kodjia’s strike from 12 yards to give Villa the lead.

Both sides carved out chances but Wolves had to settle for a point in Steve Bruce’s first game in charge of the home side.

Praising the travelling support, captain Batth said: “Strong performance yesterday. (We) felt we deserved the 3 points! (We’re) preparing for Tuesday now. Support from our fans was electric.”

Wolves are currently 12th in the table after picking up 16 points, four points behind Birmingham City who occupy the last play-off position.

They will be on their travels again on Tuesday, when they take on high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

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NEIL TAYLOR made a return to the Swansea City team but couldn’t help secure a positive result in Bob Bradley’s first game in charge.

Taylor seemed to have been shunned by previous manager Francesco Guidolin after making just one appearance in the league.

The Wales international picked up a yellow card as the Swans lost 3-2 to Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.

The result leaves Swansea languishing in 19th place in the Premier League. Taylor and co. will be hoping for a change in fortunes when they host Watford on Saturday.

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FRESH FROM his exploits with England Under 19, Easah Suliman came on for the final moments of Cheltenham Town’s 2-1 win over Crawley.

The win moved Cheltenham up to 19th in the League Two table. They take on Grimsby Town in their next league fixture.

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ELSEWHERE IN THE league, Otis Khan started for Yeovil Town but was unable to find the back of the net in their 1-0 win over Newport County.

Yeovil travel to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, where victory will help them draw them level with their opponents and move close to the play-off positions.

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MANSFIELD TOWN had to rely on a late goal from Matt Green to grab a point at home to Wycombe Wanderers.

Matt Bloomfield gave the visitors the lead in the 23rd minute but Mansfield, who had Malvind Benning in their starting line-up, battled hard to equalise with nine minutes to go.

Mansfield are now 11th in the table, a point off the play-off place. They take on Luton Town on Saturday.

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AMAN VERMA and his Torquay United team-mates will be hoping tonight’s FA Cup first round draw will give them the incentive to overcome Woking on Tuesday.

Verma made his return to the first team after time on the sidelines through injury as Torquay took the lead five minutes into their fourth qualifying round with Woking through Luke Young.

The home side dominated the first half but failed to hold on to the end, with substitute Anthony Edgar ensuring the tie would be settled in a replay.

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JORDAN SANGHA made his second start of the season for AFC Telford United as they beat FC United of Manchester 1-0.

The midfielder signed a one-month youth loan deal from League One club Walsall to get more first-team experience.

Sangha, who signed his first professional deal earlier this year, has been a good omen since making his Telford debut against Chorley.

Since then, the club have been unbeaten in their last three league games and picked up five points and moving up to 15th in the Vanarama National League North table.

Telford and Sangha will be hoping to continue this run when they take on Altrincham on Saturday.

LUKE DEAN was once again in the starting line up for Bradford Park Avenue but it wasn’t a great day as Chorley took all three points with a 3-0 away win.

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MEANWHILE, Shiraz Khan grabbed a brace in a thrilling eight-goal Northern Premier League Premier Division fixture between Frickley Athletic and Buxton in the.
The midfielder is currently on a one-month loan deal with Frickley from Vanarama National League North side FC Halifax Town.

Khan, who came through Bradford City’s academy, gave his new side the perfect start with two goals in the opening six minutes of the game.

But Frickley gave away a 4-1 half-time lead as Buxton made a comeback to take a point away from home.

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