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Game #5636

Aston Villa

Friday, 16 September 2022

Won

13th (+4)

Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟩

Premier League

Attendance: 40,758

Southampton

Villa Park

🕒 | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Southampton. An insipid first 40; punctured by the opportunism of Watkins, Mings and then Ramsey to put Villa ahead in a game hitherto bereft of quality.

🕒 | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Southampton. A pitiful game, undeserving of another 40,000+ crowd, underlines how far individually and collectively Villa have fallen under Gerrard. But three points is better than one or none. Small crumbs.

Aston Villa

1-0

Southampton

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Jacob Ramsey, hit the winner in a game low on quality.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Friday, 16 September 2022

⚽ | 41’ Goal, 1-0, Jacob Ramsey
🔁 | 44’ Sub off, Boubacar Kamara, Sub on, Douglas Luiz
🟨 | 49’ Booking, Philippe Coutinho for a bad foul
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Southampton
🟨 | 57’ Booking, Jacob Ramsey for a bad foul
🔁 | 66’ Sub off, M Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Leander Dendoncker 🟢
🔁 | 66’ Sub off, W Leon Bailey, Sub on, W Emiliano Buendía
🔁 | 82’ Sub off, M Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, CF Danny Ings
🟨 | 90’ Booking, Ashley Young for a bad foul
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Southampton

ON THIS DAY

Leander Dendoncker makes his debut as a 66’ substitute following his £13.5m arrival from Wolves on transfer deadline day.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Southampton

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: 🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1975-76

FIXTURE HISTORY

Southampton

Previous 5 vs. Southampton: 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟩

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2022-23 |
Matchday | #8 |
League Game | #7 |
Manager Game | #36 |
Friday, 16 September 2022
Attendance | 40,758 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steven Gerrard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Merseyside, 2021-2022
Referee: Tony Harrington | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cleveland, 2016-
Kick off: 8.00pm
Half Time Score: 🟩 1-0
Full Time Result: 🟩 Won
Full Time Score: 🟩 1-0
Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟩

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Tony Harrington | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cleveland, 2016-
Previous 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 8 Feb 19, Villa 3-3 Sheffield United (h)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Lee Betts, Ian Hussin.
Fourth official: Robert Jones.
VAR: Paul Tierney.
Assistant VAR: Darren Cann

CARDS

Villa

🟨 🟨 🟨

Southampton

🟨

Tony Harrington

TEAM NEWS

Coutinho “best trainer of the week” keeps his place despite his underwhelming contribution so far this season. Emiliano Martínez recovers from illness to take his place whilst still searching for a first clean sheet this season. Ashley Young, 37, fills in at right back to cover the injured Matty Cash whilst Cameron Archer doesn’t make the squad whilst the previously ostracised Morgan Sanson and Marvelous Nakamba sit on the bench. Leander Dendoncker makes his squad debut.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 27.74 |
Bench Average Age: | 28.16 |
Squad Average Age: | 27.95 |
Subs Average Age: | 27.10 |
Oldest Starter: RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 37.21 |
Youngest Starter: M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.32 |
Oldest Squad Player: RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 37.21 |
Youngest Squad Player: M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.32 |
Oldest Substitute: CF Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 30.52 |
Youngest Substitute: M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | 24.37 |

Steven Gerrard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Ralph Hasenhüttl | 🇦🇹 |

Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | ©️ |
M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Southampton

GK Gavin Bazunu | 🇮🇪 |
RB Kyle Walker-Peters 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Armel Bella-Kotchap | 🇩🇪 |
CB Mohammed Salisu | 🇬🇭 |
LB Romain Perraud | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
M James Ward-Prowse | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Ibrahima Diallo 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
W Moussa Djenepo | 🇲🇱 |
W Mohamed Elyounoussi | 🇳🇴 | 🔁 |
CF Adam Armstrong | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Che Adams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | for M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | 44’ |
🔁 | M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | for M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 66’ |
🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | for W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 66’ |
🔁 | CF Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | 82’ |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | M Joe Aribo | 🇳🇬 | for M Ibrahima Diallo 🇫🇷 | 46’ |
🔁 | LB Juan Larios López | 🇪🇸 | for LB Romain Perraud | 🇫🇷 | 46’ |
🔁 | CF Sékou Mara | 🇫🇷 | for CF Adam Armstrong | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 71’ |
🔁 | M Stewart Armstrong | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | for CF Che Adams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 71’ |
🔁 | W Samuel Edozie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for W Mohamed Elyounoussi | 🇳🇴 | 79’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Ludwig Augustinsson | 🇸🇪 |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Alex McCarthy | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Lyanco | 🇧🇷 |
CB Duje Caleta-Car | 🇭🇷 |
W Theo Walcott | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: £154.89m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £89.66m
Team Cost: £244.55m
Squad Cost: £269.57m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/20
Homegrown: 1/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | £19.58m |
GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 | £3.15m |

LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | £27.00m |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
LB Ludwig Augustinsson | 🇸🇪 | Loan |

CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £11.97m |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | £18.00m |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | £15.12m |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 | £14.22m |
M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | £13.50m |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | £10.80m |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £2.79m |
M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | Free |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | £34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | £28.80m |

CF Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £31.59m |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £27.72m |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: £127.66m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £37.94m
Team Cost: £165.60m
Squad Cost: £183.31m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 :8/20
Homegrown: 2/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Gavin Bazunu | 🇮🇪 | £12.30m |
GK Alex McCarthy | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £4.13m |

RB Kyle Walker-Peters 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £11.97m |
LB Romain Perraud | 🇫🇷 | £10.80m |
LB Juan Larios López | 🇪🇸 | £6.15m |

CB Mohammed Salisu | 🇬🇭 | £10.50m |
CB Armel Bella-Kotchap | 🇩🇪 | £10.00m |
CB Duje Caleta-Car | 🇭🇷 | £7.00m |
CB Lyanco | 🇧🇷 | £6.58m |

M Ibrahima Diallo 🇫🇷 | £10.80m |
M Stewart Armstrong | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £7.16m |
M Joe Aribo | 🇳🇬 | £6.23m |
M James Ward-Prowse | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

W Mohamed Elyounoussi | 🇳🇴 | £16.20m |
W Moussa Djenepo | 🇲🇱 | £14.13m |
W Samuel Edozie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £7.00m |
W Theo Walcott | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

CF Adam Armstrong | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £15.93m |
CF Che Adams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £15.03m |
CF Sékou Mara | 🇫🇷 | £11.40m |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Achilles
CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 | Achilles
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 | Hamstring

Loan Terms | 1 |
CB Jan Bednarek | 🇵🇱 | Unable to play against parent club

Out On Loan | 13 |
W Indiana Vassilev | 🇺🇸 | Inter Miami
GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 | Burton
M Finn Azaz | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Plymouth
CF Louie Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | MK Dons
CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Levante
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cardiff
M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Norwich
RB Kaine Kesler Hayden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Huddersfield
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Watford
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | Basaksehir
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Watford
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Kilmarnock
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | QPR

Not Selected | 1 |
CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Bomb Squad | 1 | 💣 |
RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 |

UNAVAILABLE

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 Half


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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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

🟢 M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 53%
Possession A | 47%
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 13

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

“It’s huge. We’ve been criticised this season for not grafting but tonight we fought for every ball. It wasn’t pretty but it feels good.

“If I was watching on the television I would’ve turned it off. We graft week in week out but it’s a waste if we don’t perform at the weekend. I’m delighted for players like Phil [Coutinho] who have proved people wrong with good performances tonight.

“We have not been on great form. We are not clicking and creating enough chances but tonight, when we got the goal, we stayed strong. We limited Saints to very few chances and it’s a huge win going into the international break.

“I was dreading going up to Scotland with a draw or a defeat so it will make the drive up a bit sweeter.”

John McGinn.

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“It’s a big victory. It wasn’t pretty or stylish but, with where we were in the league, we knew we had to do it in a pragmatic way.

“I’m really proud of the boys’ effort, application and commitment.

“We played better that we did last time. In football, you have to grind and fight and be committed and we worked hard today.

“We will get better in terms of style and possession and that will come but tonight was about the points.

“We had to back up our performance against Manchester City and there were a lot of eyes on us from the TV but we did it.

“It’s how you build consistency by defending your box well. I’ve been critical about this group and the detailing of defending at times but today there were a lot of bodies on the line.

“Maybe we tried to force it a bit tonight but as we move up the table maybe that’s when the pretty stuff will come. It has been a tough period but I’ve wanted to step forward and protect my players.

“I’ve tried to fight and move up this table. We have accepted a lot of criticism and it’s about reacting and that is what we have done tonight.”

Steven Gerrard.

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“He messaged in the week, to the club, and that shows everything about what he thinks of this club.

“For us to reward that [Prince William’s message] with a result and clean sheet, I’m sure he will be proud.

“It was along the lines of I’d love to be there but, obviously, everyone understands his personal situation. He’s been consistently in touch. He’s very supportive of the boys individually. I’ve spoken to him about them all.

“It’s really impressive, his knowledge, and how much he’s into it. It certainly took me aback and surprised me. He’s very much involved with Villa and for him to message in the situation he’s in is really impressive.”

Steven Gerrard.

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“Look, it feels nice. You can win football matches in different ways.

“We’ve lost football matches since I’ve been here and that feels really terrible so to win in the way we did today… It wasn’t stylish or pretty, it was full of guts and fight and, again, it was a really strong performance out of possession.

“I’ve maybe been guilty of wanting to move it forward too quickly.

“Maybe it’s a slower process, especially where we are, and maybe it’s going to take a little bit more time.

“We got a lot of success early on by being pragmatic and solid, blocking the middle of the pitch, and having everyone who was all-in.

“I lean on my staff every single day, around the clock. We’re all in this together. The change of coach wasn’t ideal, it never is. You lose a coach that you’ve worked so long for and you’re comfortable around. Then we get another top coach who wants to move forward quickly.

“He wants to take the team where everyone sees it and I’m the same, I’m very ambitious and want to move it forward very quick but, sometimes, you’ve got to stop, think and analyse and, sometimes, it takes maybe a step back or a bit more patience to get where you want to get to.

“If it means we have to do that we’ll do it because, where we’ve been in the league, we don’t want to be.”

Steven Gerrard.

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“I put that noise on Tyrone.

“The reason I did that and, when I inherited the boys when I did, there was a lot of noise around Tyrone Mings and I felt it was affecting his performances and his consistency.

“The idea was to take that away from him so he can focus on him more and not worry about other players in the team and other roles within the team… ‘Just solely focus on you, Tyrone, and bring your attributes to the table consistently,’ because he’s got them without a doubt.

“He can get better and better but Tyrone needs to focus on Tyrone and that will help him, in my opinion.”

Steven Gerrard.

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“He looked sharp, inventive. I really enjoyed his performance.”

Steven Gerrard on Philippe Coutinho.

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“The players have been under pressure - alongside myself - and I want to let them breathe for a few days, to have some family time. We’ll come in and work hard in the middle of the break and we’ll try and organise a game behind closed doors. Then we’ll put all we can into the next game which is Leeds away. We should go there with more confidence now.”

Steven Gerrard.

*BBC Sport*
Friday, 16 September 2022

**Aston Villa secured only their second Premier League win of the season as they beat Southampton in a scrappy encounter at Villa Park.**

Steven Gerrard’s side have made an indifferent start to the campaign but they were able to build on the battling draw against Manchester City with a deserved victory.

Villa made nearly all the running in a game desperately short on quality and Jacob Ramsey broke the deadlock four minutes before the break after Southampton keeper Gavin Bazunu turned Ollie Watkins’ header on to the bar.

Southampton were far too timid and barely offered a threat all night, allowing Villa to close out an important triumph, their first since the second league game of the season against Everton, in comfort.

Villa grind out vital win

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard turned to his backroom staff with fists clenched at the final whistle. It was a signal of just how much he and his team needed this win.

It was, to be brutally honest, a dreadful game lacking in quality, but Gerrard will not care as Villa will take wins any way they can get them at the moment after a poor start to the season led to discontent among their supporters and scrutiny of the manager.

Villa started to rebuild when they took a point off Premier League champions Manchester City in their last home game, making further progress here with a win essential.

The winning goal from Ramsey was scrappy, totally befitting such a poor game, and was more than enough to see off Southampton, who hardly gave Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez an anxious moment all night, with Tyrone Mings dealing easily with any rare aerial threat.

It was not pleasing on the eye but Villa fully merited the win which will put Gerrard, his players and the club in a much more optimistic frame of mind heading into the international break.

Tame Saints get what they deserve

Southampton’s timid approach should mean they reflect on this defeat at Aston Villa as an opportunity missed.

Villa’s confidence would have still been fragile after their recent struggles, despite that good result against Manchester City, and an early goal - or even some early concerted pressure - could have played on nerves in the home crowd.

Instead, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side allowed Villa to set the tempo as their captain John McGinn crunched into some early challenges and Philippe Coutinho offered up occasional moments of class while Saints struggled for any rhythm.

Che Adams and Adam Armstrong hardly got a look in as Southampton barely created even half chances, the visitors’ lack of attacking ambition and intent costing them dearly as the game was won by that one moment near the end of the first half.

Hasenhuttl’s Southampton sides pride themselves on energy and intensity but there was precious little on show here on a night they will want to quickly forget.