On-loan Keane from LA Galaxy steers Villa to win
Updated: January 21, 2012, 13:00
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WOLVERHAMPTON, England(AP) Robbie Keane scored his first goals for Aston Villa on Saturday after joining on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy, earning his new team a 3-2 win over former club Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Villa's Darren Bent scored his 99th Premier League goal from the penalty spot in the 10th minute of the Midlands derby, but Michael Kightly leveled with a low drive and David Edwards made it 2-1 to the hosts in the 31st minute.
Keane equalized after 52 minutes on his full Villa debut, swiveling round to drill home a low shot. However, the Irishman did not celebrate the goal against the club where he started his career, despite the boos he received throughout the game.
Wolves were reduced to 10 men in the 75th minute when Karl Henry was sent off for kicking winger Marc Albrighton, who was on the ground. They later paid the price as Keane, who is on a two-month loan from the Galaxy, smashed home the winner in the 84th minute with an unstoppable shot.
The result left Villa in midtable security, while Wolves are still mired in the relegation zone after their sequence without a league win was extended to eight games.
They could have no complaints about the early penalty after Bent was chopped down inside the box by Christophe Berra and the England striker stepped up to send Wayne Hennessey the wrong way from the spot.
The lively Kightly brought Wolves level after 21 minutes, however. Emmanuel Frimpong showed some neat skill before finding Kightly on the right and he cut inside before beating Shay Given with a low drive into the far corner.
Wolves were now in the ascendancy and Albrighton was forced to head a shot from Henry off the line.
It came as no surprise when the hosts went ahead, with Villa again vulnerable at a set-piece. Kightly's corner was met by Roger Johnson's powerful header and Edwards got in front of Given to head the ball into the roof of the net.
Cue Keane's one-man rescue after the break.
Matthew Jarvis' clearance fell straight to Ciaran Clark who headed the ball down for Keane to turn and fire a low shot past Hennessey into the corner of the net.
Wolves were forced into a change when Frimpong was accidentally caught in the face by Stiliyan Petrov and there was a lengthy delay before the on-loan Arsenal midfielder was stretchered off with his neck in a brace.
Villa was galvanized by the equalizer and Hennessey had to save from his own defender when Stephen Ward connected with a cross from Bent.
The visitors made their numerical advantage count after Henry's red card when Keane scored his superb winner. Alan Hutton's cross was only half cleared to Keane, whose fierce 20-yard (meter) drive flew past Hennessey and into the top corner of the net.