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Game #5600

Aston Villa

Friday, 5 November 2021

Lost

15th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Southampton

Attendance: 30,178

St Maryโ€™s Stadium

Southampton

1-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa's appalling run of results under Dean Smith continues but following a torrid first 45' there are signs that the team has the quality and commitment to end the slump. Time in the Premier League is a sparse commodity however and five consecutive defeats underlines the fall under Smith.

KEY MAN

Dean Smith's desperately poor results leave the local boy hanging onto his job by the loosest of threads as Villa find yet more ways of losing, Friday, 5 November 2021.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Friday, 5 November 2021

๐Ÿฅ… | 3โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Southampton), Adam Armstrong
๐ŸŸจ | 11โ€™ Booking, Anwar El Ghazi, Bad foul
โฑ๏ธ | HT Southampton 1-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 63โ€™ Sub off, Marvelous Nakamba, Sub on, Jacob Ramsey
๐ŸŸจ | 65โ€™ Booking, Axel Tuanzebe
๐Ÿ” | 72โ€™ Sub off, Emiliano Buendรญa, Sub on, Cameron Archer
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Anwar El Ghazi, Sub on, Keinan Davis
โฑ๏ธ | FT Southampton 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Dean Smith's Villa lose a fifth successive top flight League game for the first time since 2015-16 under Rรฉmi Garde as the recent terrible run under Smith's leadership continues. Indeed the first 45' suggested a team no longer responding to the manager or the shirt. The second 45' suggested the total opposite however, but once again it was too little too late and Villa's third season back in the Premier League now looks like a battle against relegation as unexpected as it is worrying. Indeed results later in the weekend could see Villa drop into the bottom two as the freefall under Smith continues.

Meanwhile, Matty Cash made his 40th appearance for the club since his debut in September 2020.

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Sunday, 7 November 2021

It was announced that Dean Smith had been removed from his position as manager with the following statement:

โ€œ**Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that the Club have parted company with Head Coach Dean Smith.**

"Dean was appointed Villa Head Coach just over three years ago in October 2018 and led the Club back to the Premier League via the play-offs in his first season in charge following a club-record ten-match winning sequence towards the end of that campaign.

The following season, he kept Villa in the top flight while also leading the team out at the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley, narrowly losing 2-1 to Manchester City.

CEO Christian Purslow said: โ€œWhen Dean joined us in October 2018 our team was really struggling in The Championship. He immediately transformed the atmosphere and performances and achieved the ultimate success of leading Villa back to the Premier League within the same season - a rare feat.

โ€œHe then secured our place in the Premier League after a tough campaign and took us to a Cup Final at Wembley.

โ€œHowever, after a good start to last season, this year we have not seen the continuous improvement in results, performances and league position which we have all been looking for. For this reason we have decided to make a change now to allow time for a new head coach to make an impact.

โ€œThe Board would like to sincerely thank Dean for his many excellent achievements, on and off the pitch, during this time. Everyone knows how much Aston Villa means to Dean and his family. He has represented the Club with distinction and dignity - universally liked and respected by everybody associated with Aston Villa โ€“ our staff, players and supporters alike. We wish him the very best.โ€

The process of replacing Dean will now begin and the Club will update supporters in due course."

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

Southampton

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Southampton

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #13 |
League Match | #11 |
Manager Game | #138 |
Friday, 5 November 2021
Attendance | 30,178 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Bromwich, 2018-2021
Referee:ย Andy Madley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Huddersfield, 2011-
Kick off: 8.00pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 138 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 56 ๐ŸŸจ | 28 ๐ŸŸฅ 54 | 1.42

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Andy Madley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Huddersfield, 2011-
Matches Officiated: 17
๐ŸŸฉ : 9
๐ŸŸจ : 5
๐ŸŸฅ : 3
๐Ÿ†˜ : 1
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 4 Apr 21, Villa 3-1 Fulham (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Darren Cann, Derek Eaton.
Fourth official: Michael Salisbury.
VAR: Stuart Attwell.
Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood.

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CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Southampton

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Following four successive defeats Dean Smith recalls the hitherto out of form Tyrone Mings and Axel Tuanzebe in place of the suspended Ezri Konsa and unlucky Kortney Hause.

With Douglas Luiz and Danny Ings ruled out through injury and illness respectively, Marvelous Nakamba retains his place in midfield with Ollie Watkins the lone striker whilst there is a surprise recall for Anwar El Ghazi in place of Jacob Ramsey who drops to the bench.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: 26.27
Oldest Player: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 29.19 |
Youngest Player: CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.99 |

MANAGER

Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Matt Targett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

Ralph Hasenhรผttl | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |

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Southampton

GK Alex McCarthy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Kyle Walker-Peters | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Valentino Livramento | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Mohammed Salisรบ | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Jan Bednarek | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Oriol Romeu | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M James Ward-Prowse | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stewart Armstrong | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Mohamed Elyounoussi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Adam Armstrong | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Che Adams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | 63โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Cameron Archer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 72โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 78โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CB Lyanco | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Stewart Armstrong | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 56โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Armando Broja | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for CF Adam Armstrong | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 81โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Ibrahima Diallo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for W Mohamed Elyounoussi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 76โ€™ |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Aaron Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Fraser Forster | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Romain Perraud | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Moussa Djenepo | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
W Nathan Tella | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Theo Walcott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Shane Long | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ179.51m
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 : 6/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ0.00m
Team Cost: ยฃ179.51m
Squad Cost: ยฃ183.05m
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 : 15/20
Homegrown: 6/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ19.58m |
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.49m |

RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.18m |
LB Matt Targett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ14.04m |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ20.60m |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.70m |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ยฃ10.80m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Aaron Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ28.80m |
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ8.10m |
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ27.72m |
CF Cameron Archer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ98.33m
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 : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ17.55m
Team Cost: ยฃ115.88m
Squad Cost: ยฃ165.47m
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 : 10/20
Homegrown: 2/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Fraser Forster | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ11.25m |
GK Alex McCarthy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.23m |

RB Kyle Walker-Peters | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ11.97m |
LB Romain Perraud | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ10.80m |
RB Valentino Livramento | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ5.31m |

CB Mohammed Salisรบ | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ10.80m |
CB Lyanco ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ6.75m |
CB Jan Bednarek | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ5.40m |

M Ibrahima Diallo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ยฃ10.80m |
M Stewart Armstrong | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ7.16m |
M Oriol Romeu | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ6.30m |
M James Ward-Prowse | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Mohamed Elyounoussi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ16.20m |
W Moussa Djenepo | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.13m |
W Nathan Tella | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
W Theo Walcott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CF Adam Armstrong | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ15.93m |
CF Che Adams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ15.03m |
CF Shane Long | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ13.41m |
CF Armando Broja | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Loan |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 6 |
W Trรฉzรฉguet | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | Ligament
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | Thigh
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Unknown
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Illness
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Illness
F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Illness

Suspension | 1 |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out On Loan | 3 |
CF Wesley | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Club Brugge
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Sheffield United
RB Frรฉdรฉric Guilbert | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Strasbourg

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

๐Ÿ”ด CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 2016-21 | ๐Ÿ•’ 86 | 28 (58) | โšฝ 6 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 6 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 50 | #897 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 43%
Possession A | 57%
Shots F | 14
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 10
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 12

MATCH QUOTES

*We started [well] the first couple of minutes, then a cross hits Matty Cash on the bum and drops down for their lad who hits a superb half-volley to score. That knocked the stuffing out of us. โ€œI donโ€™t know where the goal knocked the stuffing out of us but they were better on the ball than us. We did not get the press right, it took us time, and when we did we looked better. โ€œWhen youโ€™re on a bad run, something like that is hard to take. They were the better team in the first half. โ€œIt became a tale of two halves, Southampton controlled the first half and we controlled in the second. When you are getting a run of results you get kicked in the teeth and they scored a hell of a goal. I said to the players at half-time, you canโ€™t feel the world is against you and have to go and leave everything out there which is what they did. โ€œWe got them in at half-time and put it right. Bailey played down the middle and Buendia off the right and we looked a totally different team. We played with intensity in the second half. โ€œThere was a response. You canโ€™t question the character of the players. โ€œI have been told it should have been a penalty, we will have to ask VAR Stuart Attwell. โ€œWe have a few injuries. Some of our subs were academy graduates. I donโ€™t like making excuses. We shouldnโ€™t be losing five games on the spin. โ€œWe can get some players back to fitness during the international break and come back stronger. โ€œYouโ€™d like a game in the next three or four days but we canโ€™t. โ€œThe fans were great tonight. You heard the backing from the fans. Itโ€™s a results-based industry. We have to get better. We looked nervous after their goal but second half was the intensity I want to see.โ€ โ€œI am a scrapper, always have been and disappointed to lose five on the spin. We have five players out injured and we will get players fit in the international break. โ€œWe work hard during the break with the players that are there and get ready for Brighton. You saw what we are about in the second half, a fair score would have been a draw.โ€ Dean Smith.

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