Gerard Houllier has already lit the fire of powerhouse striker

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Emile Heskey is seemingly rejuvenated under the new reign of Gerard Houllier, pushing Aston Villa forward for the three points in the dying minutes of the game with an outstanding powerful header into the bottom left corner leaving Wolves goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann stranded.  

The header itself struck the post and couldn't have been any further in the corner at all. A perfect, text book centre forward’s header, if ever I saw one. 

The game itself started off brightly for the Villains. After the first five minutes or so of Wolverhampton having the attacking advantage, the tables turned as Villa pressed forward with the fast-emerging Marc Albrighton, Stewart Downing and Ashley Young leading the charge. 

In the 25th minute the impressive Albrighton smashed a cross into the box that was slammed into the net by his fellow winger Downing. Wolves defenders were caught off guard and appealing for offside, but the replays show that Downing timed his run perfectly. 

From then off Villa seemed to ease off, more than happy to have Wolves attack them and try to catch them on the counter-attack. Half time came and Villa went in with a slim 1-0 lead, the Wolves fans booing their team off the pitch. 

However the second half started with quite a determined display from the Wanderers, and after chipping away at the Villa defence they finally managed to find the back of the net with a fluky goal just after an hour. 

Matt Jarvis managed to squeeze in a cross despite being closed down by three Aston Villa players, James Collins failed to clear the ball and the attacking striker did enough to distract Brad Friedel who was left standing as the ball bounced into the net. 

From then on the game seemed in the balance; Wolves had plenty of forward thrust but so too did Aston Villa.

It seemed almost as if it really was a game of 'next goal wins' and finally the deadlock was broken on the 88 minute when Stephen Warnock lofted the ball into the Wolves box and the dominating power of super sub Heskey shone through with arguably his most important header in recent memory, sending the claret and blue fans back down the road ecstatic. 

The victory means that Aston Villa maintain their Midlands superiority over Wolves in the Premier League. 

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