Season | 2020-21 |
Matchday | #9 |
League Match | #6 |
Manager Game | #93 |
Sunday, 1 November 2020
Premier League | Home | Southampton | Villa Park | Behind closed doors |
Game Summary |
Manager | Dean Smith |
KO | 12.30 |
Referee | Darren England |
HT Score | 0-3 |
FT Result | 3-4 |
FT Score | Lost |
Last 5 Games | LWWLL |
Scorer(s) | Tyrone Mings | 62' | Ollie Watkins | 90'+3 pen | Jack Grealish | 90'+7 |
Assists | Jack Grealish | 62' | Douglas Luiz | 90'+7 |
League Position | 7th | -5 |
Team News |
Dean Smith makes one change from same team that lost to Leeds United, replacing Trézéguet with Bertrand Traoré for his first league start.
Line Up |
GK Emiliano Martínez |
RB Matty Cash | BOOKED | 43' | SUB OFF | 67' |
CB Tyrone Mings | GOAL | 62' |
CB Ezri Konsa |
LB Matt Targett |
M Jack Grealish | ASSIST | 62' | GOAL | 90'+7 |
M John McGinn |
M Ross Barkley |
M Douglas Luiz | ASSIST | 90'+7 |
W Bertrand Traoré | SUB OFF | 29' |
CF Ollie Watkins | GOAL | 90'+3 |
W Trézéguet for W Bertrand Traoré | 29' |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady for RB Matty Cash | 67' |
Unused Substitutes |
GK Jed Steer
CB Björn Engels
M Conor Hourihane
M Marvelous Nakamba
CF Keinan Davis
Yellow | Matty Cash for handball | 43' |
Match Stats |
Possession F | 56%
Possession A | 44%
Shots F | 19
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 10
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 11
Corners A | 1
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 17
Team Stats |
Starting XI Average Age | 25.27 |
Oldest Player | GK Emiliano Martínez | 28.18 |
Youngest Player | M Douglas Luiz | 22.50 |
Not Selected |
GK Lovre Kalinić |
LB Neil Taylor |
RB Frédéric Guilbert |
M Henri Lansbury |
M Jacob Ramsey |
W Anwar El Ghazi |
Injury | 3 |
GK Tom Heaton | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - 28 Nov 20 |
CF Wesley | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - 1 Jan 21 |
CB Kortney Hause | Groin, 1 Oct 20 - 1 Nov 20 |
Loaned Out | 2 |
W Indiana Vassilev | Burton Albion | 17 Sep 20 - 31 May 21 |
CF Cameron Archer | Solihull Moors | 2 Oct 20 - 3 Jan 21 |
On this day 1 November 2020
Villa suffer their second successive home defeat.
*Sunday 1 November 2020*
Club stalwart James Ward-Prowse marked his 26th birthday with two goals from fantastic free-kicks as Southampton survived a late Aston Villa rally to move up to third in the Premier League.
The England midfielder also provided the assist for the opener for Jannik Vestergaard before Danny Ings made it 4-0. Two stoppage-time goals from the home side took some of the gloss off the victory for Ralph Hasenhuttl's men.
As for Villa's Dean Smith, his side have now lost their past two games and conceded seven goals in the process having won their first four fixtures.
After having been denied a goal by the finest of margins following a VAR check in the third minute, Saints took the lead when defender Vestergaard thumped home a header from Ward-Prowse's delivery from the right. It was the Dane's second goal in the past two away games.
It was 2-0 shortly after the half-hour. Winger Theo Walcott, back in the starting line-up, won a free-kick near the edge of the area for a foul by Douglas Luiz. Ward-Prowse stepped up and whipped the ball past Emiliano Martinez.
And just before half-time, the club's former youth player repeated the trick after Matthew Cash had handled a yard outside the box.
Ings curled in an exquisite shot after the break for Saints' fourth before Tyrone Mings managed to pull a goal back with 28 minutes of regular time still remaining, but the hosts could not build on it until the game was in its final moments.
Ollie Watkins fired in from the penalty spot in the third minute of stoppage time, before Jack Grealish struck home from outside the area with almost the final kick of the match.
Smith's side drop to seventh, a point behind Southampton.
The final scoreline flattered Villa, who only sporadically showed the form that earned them a full 12 points from 12 at the start of the campaign.
It was defensive errors that cost them on Sunday. Vestergaard was unchallenged for the opener, Luiz produced a clumsy tackle, while Cash handballed needlessly before he generously gifted Ings space and time to shoot from the edge of the area.
Mings' header with just less than 30 minutes of normal time remaining made the improbable slightly less so, but it was not until stoppage time that they added a second when Watkins fired in after Grealish had been fouled.
Their talisman, who had another quiet game, then sent a third past Alex McCarthy, who remained motionless. The home side raced back to the centre circle with the ball but their hopes were dashed by referee Darren England seconds after the restart.
Afterwards, manager Smith said: "It's a hard game to decipher. They have a specialist free-kick taker and he's put one on a plate for the first goal and scored two great goals. We were 3-0 down at half-time - we weren't at our best, but it was a bitty half with lots of stoppages.
"We had to try and change the game and if it had gone on another five minutes we might have won it, never mind get a point."
*Sunday 1 November 2020*
Nick Ames at Villa Park
Southampton hold off Aston Villa rally on James Ward-Prowse's day
This was as much fun as James Ward-Prowse could have wanted upon turning 26, although with another few minutes his birthday could have felt decidedly bittersweet. A set-piece masterclass from the Southampton midfielder appeared to have put this game comfortably to bed by half-time, with a lively away side three goals up against opposition whose probings lacked their usual fizz.
When Danny Ings scored a thudding fourth an embarrassment looked on the cards for Aston Villa, who increasingly seem to deal in feast or famine, but they played the final half-hour as if a switch had been flicked and improbably left their antagonists feeling grateful for the whistle. Southampton endured another disruption when Ings left proceedings early with a knee injury that clearly bothered Ralph Hasenhüttl, who said the striker will have a scan to assess the damage.
The late jeopardy never quite felt that acute given Villa’s final two goals, an Ollie Watkins penalty and long-range strike from Jack Grealish with the game’s last kick, came in added time. But they will feel frustrated that they only discovered a semblance of their early-season form after giving Southampton, who have become this week’s top-four pretenders, such a hefty head start.
“It isn’t a situation we are in very often, four goals up, it’s new for our players,” said Hasenhuttl. They had been clinical in converting all of their shots on target but the lead was reward for the characteristically insistent way they approached their task. It was little surprise when Ward-Prowse combined speed, whip and accuracy in delivering an undefendable right-sided free-kick for Jannik Vestergaard, rising high between two defenders, to harness the ball’s velocity with a bulleted header across Emiliano Martínez.
Ward-Prowse had already delivered a third-minute corner, flicked on by Vestergaard, that appeared to have forced an own goal from Ezri Konsa only for the lurking Che Adams to be ruled fractionally offside by VAR. Theo Walcott had also clipped the bar and Villa, looking irritable and easily distracted, were punished for not racing out of the traps.
They looked dead and buried when, in the space of 12 minutes before the interval, Ward-Prowse scored two sumptuous free-kicks. The first, 22 yards out and slightly left of centre, could hardly have been better cut out for a partypiece and was duly bent perfectly into Martínez’s top corner. There can be no higher compliment than to say the outcome was predictable.
Although the second, awarded after Matty Cash was fortunate only to be booked for handballing when Walcott would have been through, was from closer in it was arguably better. From a shade beyond the 18-yard line it needed superior technique to send the ball up, over and in. Ward-Prowse showed exactly that, curling it to a helpless Martínez’s right once again and leaving Dean Smith perplexed.
“I was scratching my head at half-time,” the Villa manager said. “It didn’t feel like a 3-0 scoreline, it was a really scrappy first half from both teams.” But Villa, who lost Bertrand Traoré to injury, had not offered enough. They began the second half more brightly, Alex McCarthy saving headers from Trezeguet and Grealish, but were caught when Ings cut in from the left and bent a spectacular shot in off the crossbar.
Even in this most unusual of Premier League seasons, that felt like the final word. Grealish had other ideas, belatedly summoning the performance of a man possessed. He crossed for Tyrone Mings to put Villa’s tails up with a glancing header and they began peppering McCarthy’s goal. He tipped over from Trezeguet and Mings, effectively ensuring there was minimal excitement when he was beaten twice more near the end. Watkins converted after Ibrahima Diallo had felled Grealish and then the Villa captain beat McCarthy with an early, opportunistic shot that took everyone by surprise.
“If we’d got another five minutes we’d probably have won the game, let alone drawn it,” Smith said, and the sentiment was hardly outlandish. Regardless, successive home defeats have dulled the shine from their start. Hasenhüttl, for his part, will sweat on the injury to Ings, whose history means alarm bells rang loudly when he seemed to overstretch near the touchline. “It doesn’t look too good to be honest,” he said. At least Ward-Prowse’s self-made celebration had already given him reason to enjoy his afternoon.