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Game #5176

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Attendance: 30,713


Premier League

14th (-1)


Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

St Mary's Stadium

Villa's troubled start to life under Paul Lambert continues as they are well beaten at St Mary's to leave them with three defeats in five Premier League outings with alarm bells beginning to ring.



Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Stephen Ireland | 36' |


Christian Benteke can't make it two in two since debut as Villa fall to a crushing defeat at St Mary's as alarms ring after just five games under Paul Lambert, Saturday, 22 September 2012.



โšฝ | 36โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Darren Bent, Assist by Stephen Ireland
๐ŸŸจ | 43โ€™ Booking, Ron Vlaar
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Stephen Ireland, Sub on, Ashley Westwood
๐ŸŸจ | 53โ€™ Booking, Eric Lichaj
๐Ÿฅ… | 58โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Southampton), Rickie Lambert
๐Ÿฅ… | 63โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Southampton), Nathaniel Clyne
๐Ÿ” | 68โ€™ Sub off, Eric Lichaj, Sub on, Joe Bennett ๐ŸŸข
๐Ÿ” | 68โ€™ Sub off, Barry Bannan Sub on, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐Ÿฅ… | 72โ€™ Goal, 1-3, (Southampton), Jason Puncheon
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™+4 Booking, Brad Guzan
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™+5 Goal, 1-4, (Southampton, pen), Rickie Lambert
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Southampton 4-1 Aston Villa


Paul Lambert's Villa lose their third game in five Premier League matches as concerns mount. Heavier defeats and worse performances than had been typical under both Lambert's generally poor predecessors Houllier and McLeish raised alarm bells. With goals at a premium and a defence struggling, the folly of Lambert having ostracised the experience of Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock (now on loan at Championship side Bolton) and banishing Shay Given to the subs bench became ever more apparent. Five League games in it was clear Lambert wasn't the solution many had hoped. Meanwhile, left back Joe Bennett, 22, made his debut after joining from Championship side Middlesbrough for a fee of ยฃ2,840,000 in August 2012.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96


European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1975-76


Previous 5 vs. Southampton: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 2012-13 |
Matchday | #6 |
League Game | #5 |
Manager Game | #6 |
Saturday, 22 September 2012


Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Jonathan Moss | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2005-2022
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-4
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Jonathan Moss | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Riding, 2005-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 10 Mar 12, Villa 1-0 Fulham (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Mark Scholes



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ




Paul Lambert retains Brad Guzan ahead of Shay Given as Christian Benteke (first start) replaces Andreas Weimann.


Starting XI Average Age
| 25.59 |

Oldest Player |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 28.65 |

Youngest Player |
CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 21.82 |


Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |


Nigel Adkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Karim El Ahmadi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Brett Holman | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |


GK Paulo Gazzaniga | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Danny Fox | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Maya Yoshida | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต |
CB Josรฉ Fonte | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
RB Nathaniel Clyne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Morgan Schneiderlin | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Steven Davis (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gastรณn Ramรญrez | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ |
M Adam Lallana | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jason Puncheon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Rickie Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ |


๐Ÿ” M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | for RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 68โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 68โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | LB Danny Fox | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (RB Frazer Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Steven Davis (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | (M James Ward-Prowse | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Jason Puncheon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Emmanuel Mayuka | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |)


GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
F Jordan Bowery | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |


GK Kelvin Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Danny Seaborne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Guly Do Prado | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Jay Rodriguez | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


1st XI: ยฃ51.31m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 3/11
Homegrown: 3/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/18
Homegrown: 5/18



Team Cost: ยฃ32.60m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/14



Injury | 3 |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Illness | 1 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

Bomb Squad | 1 |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 3 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Stade Rennais
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Blackpool
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton


Not Reported

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance


LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |



Possession F | 48%
Possession A | 52%
Shots F | 8
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 1
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 5


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โ€œThey (the young players) have to get it pretty quickly (playing in the Premier League) although they gave us plenty of effort. I canโ€™t fault that, but we have to keep cracking on now.

โ€œItโ€™s important to try and keep a level head and keep going. Itโ€™s a long, long season and there will be plenty of ups and downs to come.โ€

Paul Lambert, Saturday, 22 September 2012.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 22 September 2012

*Southampton secured their first league victory of the season thanks to four second-half goals against Aston Villa.*

Villa, looking for a first away win since January, took the lead through a Darren Bent toe poke from two yards.
Rickie Lambert levelled when he found the bottom corner and Nathaniel Clyne put Saints ahead by neatly finishing a fine Gaston Ramirez pass.

Jason Puncheonโ€™s effort went in via defender Ciaran Clark and Lambert then added the fourth from the penalty spot.

It was a stylish win and Southamptonโ€™s first points of the campaign will give Nigel Adkins some breathing space after four Premier League matches without a victory had led to headlines linking former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez with the Englishmanโ€™s job.

Adkins, though, insisted he and his team should be judged on their performance against Villa, rather than their opening matches against last seasonโ€™s top three sides, and the raucous cheers at full-time suggested the home fans were more than willing to give Adkins a stay of execution.

Regardless of their managerโ€™s pre-match proclamations, Southamptonโ€™s four defeats - during which they had conceded a record-equalling 14 goals - did seem to weigh heavily on his mind.

The Southampton boss gave 20-year-old summer signing Paulo Gazzaniga his league debut in goal, with the Argentine replacing stalwart Kelvin Davis.

Gazzaniga, a ยฃ2m purchase from Gillingham, could not have wished for an easier introduction as neither goalkeeper was called into action until Brad Guzan held onto an Adam Lallana overhead kick in the 30th minute.

Last yearโ€™s Championship runners-up were the superior side in the first half, with the triumvirate of Lallana, debutant Ramirez and Steven Davis combining well to out-pass their opponents in midfield and create a couple of half-chances for Lambert.

But for all their creativity, lackadaisical defending once again proved to be Saintsโ€™ downfall as Puncheon clumsily lost possession on the edge of the box for an error which led to Bentโ€™s first Premier League goal since February.

Villaโ€™s record signing pounced to direct a Stephen Ireland miskick beyond a helpless Gazzaniga, ensuring the visitors went into the break ahead.

Adkins introduced Frazer Richardson at half-time, while Villa boss Paul Lambert replaced Ireland with Ashley Westwood.

The change seemed to initially pay dividends for Villa as Christian Benteke sent Bent free - only an excellent save from Gazzaniga prevented the striker from scoring a second.

Benteke went agonisingly close with a header from the subsequent corner, but that was as good as it got for the visitors as Saints scored twice in five minutes.

A beautiful first touch from Lambert helped the striker evade three defenders to squeeze the ball beyond Guzan for his third of the season, and shortly afterwards Clyne had the St Maryโ€™s faithful in full voice.

A delightful pass from ยฃ12m signing Ramirez set the youngster free and the defenderโ€™s cool finish would have impressed England Under-21s coach Stuart Pearce in the stands.

Confidence was oozing through the home side as Ramirez caught the eye with wonderful passing and a third goal came in the 71st minute when Lambert put Puncheon through, his shot clipping Villa defender Clarke on the way into the net.

Southampton concluded the match - and leaped off the bottom of the table - when impressive substitute Emmanuel Mayuka was felled by Guzan, allowing Lambert to score his second of the match and his 26th penalty for the club.