Steve Bruce: Aston Villa boss says only 'almighty collapse' will deny Wolves

  • Steve Bruce: Aston Villa boss says only 'almighty collapse' will deny Wolves

Steve Bruce: Aston Villa boss says only 'almighty collapse' will deny Wolves

Matt Doherty struck in each half, on either side of a 58th-minute goal from on-loan Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe, as the league leaders earned a victory after taking just five points from their previous five games.

Steve Bruce's worst fears materialised as he watched Aston Villa slump to a surprise 3-1 home defeat to a smart, revitalised QPR team.

Second-half goals from James Chester, Lewis Grabban and Birkir Bjarnason secured a handsome win for Bruce's side, who have won 10 of their past 12 league matches. I thought about making five or six changes but the way we won on Saturday weighed against me.

Cardiff are also in a strong position to return to the top flight after a 3-1 win at Brentford.

Hull City eased their relegation fears as they hit back from 3-1 down to beat Norwich City 4-3 - Abel Hernandez netting two penalties before Harry Wilson's victor. "I am not confident of anything in this league because we have some hard games coming up". We're under no illusion about that, but we've got players with fantastic experience and knowhow.

"All the boys are enjoying it, though". They made us come up from London when they said the game was on.

Villa had no answer to the inspirational play of teenager Ebere Eze, who was compared to former Hoops favourite Stan Bowles by delighted manager Ian Holloway.

Barnsley inched three points clear of the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw with Norwich.

Swansea loanee Oli McBurnie celebrated his first Scotland call-up with a neat volley just before half-time only for Josh Murphy to equalise.

Hull City picked up another big win at the bottom of the table, but Barnsley were held and Burton Albion lost on a dramatic evening at either end of the division.

The Tigers beat Ipswich 3-0 at Portman Road thanks to goals from Markus Henriksen, Harry Wilson and Jarrod Bowen.