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Game #5651

Aston Villa

Saturday, 21 January 2023

Won

11th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Southampton

Attendance: 30,424

St Mary's Friends Provident Stadium

Southampton

0-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Douglas Luiz | 77' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa win their fifth League game in seven under Unai Emery and record successive wins for the first time this season. Emery has now added 16 points in seven games (2.30 points per game) having inherited a squad who had delivered 12 in 13 (1.1 points per game) under the former manager.

KEY MAN

Ollie Watkins, the oft criticised striker - unnecessarily so - hits the winner to make it five Premier League wins in seven under Unai Emery.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 21 January 2023

๐Ÿ’ฅ | 42โ€™ Play suspended due to drone over ground
๐Ÿ•’ | 51โ€™ Play resumes
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Southampton 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 63โ€™ Goal disallowed by VAR (Southampton)
๐ŸŸจ | 64โ€™ Booking, Douglas Luiz for protesting a foul on Jacob Ramsey in the box that allowed Southampton to score
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, Emiliano Buendรญa, Sub on, Philippe Coutinho
โšฝ | 77โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Douglas Luiz
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Matty Cash
๐ŸŸจ | 82โ€™ Booking, รlex Moreno for a bad foul
๐Ÿ” | 88โ€™ Sub off, Douglas Luiz, Sub on, Leander Dendoncker
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa win their fifth League game in seven under Unai Emery and record successive wins for the first time this season whilst securing their third consecutive away win under the new boss.

Emery has now added 16 points in seven games (2.30 points per game) having inherited a squad who had delivered 12 in 13 (1.1 points per game) under the former manager.

Meanwhile, goalscorer Ollie Watkins has now been involved in 40 Premier League goals for Villa since he joined the club in 2020 - over twice as many as any other player.

Ezri Konsa makes his 120th appearance for the club as Emiliano Buendรญa chalks up his 60th.

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 ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2022-23 |
Matchday | #23 |
League Game | #20 |
Manager Game | #9 |
Saturday, 21 January 2023
Attendance | 30,424 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee:ย Michael Salisbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Preston, 2016-
Kick off: 3.00pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 9 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 5 ๐ŸŸจ | 1 ๐ŸŸฅ 3 | 1.78

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Michael Salisbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Preston, 2016-
Matches Officiated: 2
๐ŸŸฉ : 2
๐ŸŸจ : 0
๐ŸŸฅ : 0
๐Ÿ†˜ : 1
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 27 Nov 21, Villa 2-1 Palace (a) ๐Ÿ†˜
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Dan Cook, Dan Robathan.
Fourth official: Keith Stroud.
VAR: Simon Hooper.
Assistant VAR: Richard West.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Southampton

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Following the sale of Danny Ings, Unai Emery can only muster a bench of 6 outfield players, two of whom he has informed can leave the club.

Emery names two โ€˜keepers on the bench, the woeful Robin Olsen and youngster Viljami Sinisalo fresh from a disappointing loan spell at Burton.

รlex Moreno makes his full debut, whilst Matty Cash returns to the squad after injury.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 27.38 |
Bench Average Age: | 26.40 |
Squad Average Age: | 26.89 |
Subs Average Age: | 27.96 |
Oldest Starter: RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 37.56 |
Youngest Starter: M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.67 |
Oldest Squad Player: RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 37.56 |
Youngest Squad Player: F Kadan Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 17.02 |
Oldest Substitute: M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 30.63 |
Youngest Substitute: RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 25.47 |

MANAGER

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |๐Ÿ”ฅ| ๐Ÿ” |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

MANAGER

Nathan Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

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Southampton

GK Gavin Bazunu | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Lyanco | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Duje Caleta-Car | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Mohammed Salisu | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
RB Kyle Walker-Peters | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ibrahima Diallo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Romรฉo Lavia | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M James Ward-Prowse | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Samuel Edozie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Adam Armstrong | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Che Adams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | for W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 81โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 88โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CF Sรฉkou Mara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for CF Che Adams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 61โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Mohamed Elyounoussi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | for M Romรฉo Lavia | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 61โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | LB Romain Perraud | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for W Samuel Edozie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 62โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Mislav Orsic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | for CF Adam Armstrong | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 84โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Moussa Djenepo | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for CB Duje Caleta-Car | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | 84โ€™ |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
GK Viljami Sinisalo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
F Kadan Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Willy Caballero | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Ainsley Maitland-Niles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Carlos Alcaraz | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Joe Aribo | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ168.78m
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 : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ45.68m
Team Cost: ยฃ214.46m
Squad Cost: ยฃ231.83m
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 : 7/20
Homegrown: 3/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ19.58m |
GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |
GK Viljami Sinisalo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | Free |

RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.18m |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ12.00m |
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 Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ11.97m |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ18.00m |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.12m |
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ14.22m |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ13.50m |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ28.80m |

CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ27.72m |
F Kadan Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ107.91m
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 : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ57.53m
Team Cost: ยฃ165.44m
Squad Cost: ยฃ183.67m
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 : 6/20
Homegrown: 1/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Gavin Bazunu | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ12.30m |
GK Willy Caballero | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

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

CB Lyanco | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ6.58m |
CB Duje Caleta-Car | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ7.00m |
CB Mohammed Salisu | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ10.50m |

M Carlos Alcaraz | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ12.00m |
M Ibrahima Diallo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ10.80m |
M Romรฉo Lavia | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ10.80m |
M Joe Aribo | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ6.23m |
M James Ward-Prowse | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Ainsley Maitland-Niles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

W Mohamed Elyounoussi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ16.20m |
W Moussa Djenepo | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.13m |
W Samuel Edozie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ7.00m |
W Mislav Orsic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ5.00m |

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 Sรฉkou Mara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ11.40m |

UNAVAILABLE

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Loan Terms | 1 |
CB Jan Bednarek | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

Injury | 4 |
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Achilles
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Achilles
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Hamstring
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” | Shoulder

Out On Loan | 10 |
M Finn Azaz | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Plymouth
CF Louie Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | MK Dons
CF Wesley | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Levante
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Cardiff
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Watford
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | Basaksehir
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Watford
FB Ben Chrisene | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kilmarnock
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | QPR
CF Cameron Archer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Middlesbrough

Not Selected | 2 |
RB Frรฉdรฉric Guilbert | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ |

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

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 63%
Possession A | 37%
Shots F | 16
Shots A | 8
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 19

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œIโ€™m so happy with his work and how [Ollie Watkins] is helping the team. โ€œIf he is scoring I think he can be feeling better and he can take confidence. โ€œIt is not just his responsibility alone to score, it is for other players as well. But Iโ€™m so happy with him today.โ€ โ€œ[But] I think we can do better. โ€œWe are winning some matches but thereโ€™s more in my mind I want to do. โ€œA lot of teams are trying to sign players to improve and stay in the Premier League. We have only signed one player [Moreno] at the moment. โ€œWe are, above all, giving our [current] players the opportunity to show theyโ€™ve improved with us, then we can add some players to improve the squad and add better balance to each position. โ€œIt is a good pressure for him [Ollie Watkins], if he is feeling it. [The loss of Danny Ings]. โ€œHe can feel our support and his team-mates support. He has responsibility as well to do his work and if he is scoring he can be feeling better and take confidence. โ€œWe are not giving him the sole responsibility. Other players like Leon Bailey, Emi Buendia and Jacob Ramsey get in the box and can score. His goal today was very good for him, for the team and we got the three points. โ€œHeโ€™s a competitor, and heโ€™s a striker, so when heโ€™s not scoring heโ€™s not happy, but Iโ€™m so happy with his work and how heโ€™s helping the team. Offensively we needed to press, we needed to be together, we needed to keep possession of the ball from our long balls. โ€œThen when he scores heโ€™s helping more, but itโ€™s not his responsibility alone to score our goals. Itโ€™s on other players as well. I am so happy with him today, not just for his goal - of course itโ€™s the difference - but his overall work. โ€œThe last match we won away against Brighton and Tottenham were different because we needed to defend a lot. โ€œWe needed to work without the ball and needed to be good. โ€œToday we played with more possession. They were trying to recover the ball in the middle and have good transitions but we didnโ€™t allow it. โ€œWe were in their box more than they were in ours. When they made the substitutions the impact was good and we changed something as well in our shape. โ€œWe recovered again control, scored and I think we deserved. Southampton, the last matches and today, they are improving. โ€œIโ€™m really happy and proud of our work, the commitment of the players. Today was a key match because we were near the bottom two months ago and every team is pushing, signing players and are competitive. โ€œSouthampton were playing well, compact and confident. Today we did well. We were committed, everyone, to try and remember the system which started the process. โ€œThe way we won against Brighton and Tottenham was being competitive, defending but also being ready to attack. Today was different because we played with good control, more possession and positioning. We did not concede corners. โ€œThey are aggressive on set pieces. In Ward-Prowse they have one of the best players in the world for delivery. I think it is a key match, in terms of how we can break from where we were. Now, I am looking at the table, we have 28 points. The difference with the players is big. โ€œThe most important thing about the way weโ€™re playing in matches, we have 16 points from 21, is to be consistent, to be competitive, to adapt to the opposite team. They are pushing us and imposing themselves. The first step is to be competitive and adapt as a team, respect everybody, the opposite team and players. โ€œWe are doing it. This is the first step. Then itโ€™s to improve playing, to improve with the ball possession, with our positioning, to try and reduce our mistakes. Today, we competed very well as well. We played more like I want us to, than we did in our last matches, but we have to improve more. โ€œAt the moment weโ€™re speaking with some players about the opportunity to leave. โ€œThey know it. Then, if we can have space to include some players, to add some players and improve the squad, taking the balance in the squad, we are going to do it. โ€œBut thatโ€™s only if, really, they are going to improve us, add quality and add some skill which is different and make an impact in the squad. We are out of the Carabao Cup, we are out of the FA Cup, we are now only playing in the Premier League, and we want to build a strong team. โ€œAt the moment we have very good players and we are happy with the players we have, but of course we want to add more players maybe in this transfer window, or maybe in the summer. In the process, we want to do it.โ€ โ€œNakamba, I spoke with him and the idea is to leave and to take minutes in another team. โ€œHe has to try and get back to his performance that he did here last year and two years ago, but now he doesnโ€™t have space in the squad and he canโ€™t wait, to stay here. He knows, and as well other players could leave.โ€ Unai Emery.

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