By Keith Hackett

18th Oct, 2021 | 7:43pm

Ex-Premier League ref delivers verdict on Wolves controversy v Aston Villa after analysing footage

Aston Villa can have no complaints with Wolves’ second goal in their thrilling 3-2 comeback win, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted any contact on Ollie Watkins during the build-up did not warrant a foul.

Romain Saiss stopped Watkins from intercepting Adama’s Traore floating cross into the Aston Villa penalty area.

Leondra Deldoncker met the cross and put it back across the goal before Conor Coady bundled the ball home.

Speaking on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, former Villa defender Micah Richards claimed Watkins was “pulled” by Saiss.

All three of Wolves’ goals came from set-pieces with Ruben Neves’ deflected free-kick winning the game deep in stoppage time.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Dean Smith labelled his side late collapse a “travesty”.

And Hackett suggested the Aston Villa boss only has his defence to blame for the defeat.

Asked whether Wolves’ second goal should have been chalked off, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Contact in the sport does take place.

“I certainly wouldn’t penalise that, I would support the referee.

“Maybe the manager will talk to his defenders. They’re vulnerable at the back, there’s no question.

“I didn’t think it was a major incident.”

Defeat for Aston Villa means they have suffered consecutive defeats and Wolves have climbed above them in the Premier League table.

Bruno Lage’s side have won half of their eight Premier League games this season and lost the other half, including the first three of the season.

In other news, Aston Villa have signed a ‘best’-in-league player who’s Jack Grealish 2.0.