Jacob Ramsey’s goal was enough to give Aston Villa a 1-0 win over Southampton at Villa Park on Friday night.
The home team’s goal at the end of the first half helped Villa equal points with the Saints in the middle. It wasn’t as dramatic as their draw against Manchester City last time out in the Premier League but it was a welcome and well-deserved victory for Steven Gerrard’s side.
Aston Villa: Martinez (7), Young (7), Konsa (7), Mings (8), Digne (7), Kamara (6), McGinn (6), Ramsey (8), Coutinho (8), Bailey (6), Watkins (7).
Register: Luiz (7), Buendia (6), Dendoncker (6), Ings (6).
Southampton: Bazunu (5), Walker-Peters (7), Bella-Kotchap (6), Salisu (6), Perraud (6), Ward-Prowse (6), Diallo (6), Elyounoussi (6), Djenepo (6) , A Armstrong (6), Adams (5).
Register: Larios (7), Aribo (7), S Armstrong (6), Mara (6), Edozie (6).
Man of the match: Philippe Coutinho
How the game goes at Villa Park
There are quiet scenes before kick-off as the lights go out for a moment of silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II and the singing of the national anthem. Gerrard wrote on the show his notes about making Villa fan Prince William proud.
The game took a while to start but the quality came from Philippe Coutinho’s shoes. While Leon Bailey squandered on the other flank, when Villa got the Brazilian’s ball the danger for Southampton was clear.
It was Coutinho’s cross that helped create the opening goal. Gavin Bazunu saved Ollie Watkins’ header to the crossbar but Ramsey was there to score his first goal of the season for the home side. Villa deserve it for their greater efforts.
Ashley Young replaces injured Matty Cash for Aston Villa, while Philippe Coutinho comes on for Douglas Luiz.
Moussa Djenepo replaces Joe Aribo in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton starting line-up. Rookie Duje Caleta-Car is on the bench.
Joe Aribo’s first-half introduction made all the difference for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side but their flourishing start to the season continued. They are missing Romeo Lavia, a talented young midfielder who impressed before suffering an injury in the win against Chelsea.
There was some pressure of late but the lack of threat to the home team’s defense inspired by Tyrone Mings is alarming. The evening belonged to Aston Villa – a night they made all their supporters proud.
Analysis: Villa crushes it to get back on track
Aston Villa’s draw with Manchester City was a huge result for Gerrard given the pressure he faced going into the game but that point will never satisfy the fans if his side He couldn’t watch the home game against Southampton.
This is not a smooth performance but it is a good result. Villa didn’t look great but they made Southampton look terrible and that was more than enough to win. The scene of Emiliano Martinez kneeling the whole time shows just how meaningful it is.
Villa’s goalkeeper had to wait nearly 5 months for this clean sheet match. He has Mings to thank. The little momentum the Saints were able to build around the Villa penalty area were repelled by his head, above all others in the box.
Gerrard complained about personal errors during his time at Villa Park but there was nothing remarkable here – just the players fighting for the fans and each other. If this group can do that, there is still confidence that they have the qualifications to come up with something.
Coutinho brings that quality. The Brazilian was quick to impress supporters but they haven’t seen enough of him in this belated mood. It’s not thrilling but he provides sparkle. Gerrard will deal with that if it delivers results like this.
- Only Everton and Watford (15 games each) have lost more Premier League games in 2022 than Southampton (14).
- Southampton have conceded a goal in their last 13 Premier League games, the longest streak of any team at the moment. The Saints currently keep only 3 clean sheets in the last 34 matches in the tournament.
- Southampton have not won in their last 104 Premier League away games having lost at half time since a 4-2 win over Chelsea on New Year’s Day 2002.
- Since the start of last season, only Ollie Watkins (12) and Danny Ings (8) have scored more Premier League goals for Aston Villa than Jacob Ramsey (7).
- Ashley Young became the second oldest player to play for Aston Villa in the Premier League (37 years, 69 days), behind only Robert Pires in February 2011 against Blackburn Rovers (37 years, 120 days).
- Juan Larios is the ninth teenager to make his Premier League debut by Ralph Hasenhuttl. Since his first game in December 2018, only Man Utd have made more Premier League debuts (10) than Southampton (9).
After the international break, Villa face Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday, October 2, with the match kicking off at 16:30 live on Sky Sports Premier League.
Meanwhile, Southampton take on Everton on Saturday, October 1 (3pm).