Game #5659

2021-22

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Position:

11th (+1)

Premier League

Southampton

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,855

Saturday, 5 March 2022

Danny Ings, booed by his former fans, creates two and scores one as Philippe Coutinho spellbinds again and Villa deliver their biggest win to date under Steven Gerrard.

Aston Villa

4-0

Southampton

Scorer(s) | Ollie Watkins | 9' | Douglas Luiz | 44' | Philippe Coutinho | 52' | Danny Ings | 54' |

Assist(s) | Danny Ings | 9' | 52' | Philippe Coutinho | 44' | Matty Cash | 54' |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5659

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #29 |
League Match | #26 |
Manager Game | #16 |
Saturday, 5 March 2022
Attendance | 41,855 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 3.00pm |
Referee | Peter Bankes, Lancashire |
Half Time Score | 2-0 |
Full Time Result | Won |
Full Time Score | 4-0 |
Last 5 Games | WDLWW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Peter Bankes.
Previous 5: 🟥 | 🟥 | 🟩 | 🟥 | 🟨 |
Incidents: 🟨 | 🟨 |
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Wade Smith.
Fourth official: Tim Robinson.
VAR: Paul Tierney.
Assistant VAR: Lee Betts.

MATCH INCIDENTS

Peter Bankes

Villa

🟨 |

Southampton

🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

1st XI Cost: £124.90m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £78.58m
Team Cost: £203.48m
Squad Cost: £222.10m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 11/20
Homegrown: 4/20

Starting XI Average Age: 27.72

Oldest Player: 36.68
W Ashley Young

Youngest Player: 20.78
M Jacob Ramsey

TEAM NEWS

Ezri Konsa and Lucas Digne are out of the team with unknown issues and are replaced by Calum Chambers and Ashley Young.

Bertrand Traoré makes a return to the bench after injury as Steven Gerrard names teenagers Ben Chrisene, Tommi O’Reilly and debutant last time out Tim Iroegbunam among the subs.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |

M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
Knee, 14 Dec - 9 Apr
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M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Unknown, 26 Feb - 10 Mar
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LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 |
Unknown, 5 Mar - 10 Mar
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CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Unknown, 5 Mar - 10 Mar
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Out On Loan | 13 |

M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | Sheffield United
30 Aug 21 - 31 May 22
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RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | Strasbourg
31 Aug 21 - 30 Jun 22
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CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Forest
1 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Internacional
6 Jan 22 - 1 Jan 23
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W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | Everton
13 Jan 22 - 1 Jul 22
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M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cheltenham
11 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Caleb Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Livingston
12 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Stoke
21 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Preston
24 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Newcastle
31 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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GK Filip Marschall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Gateshead
31 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Luton
31 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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W Trézéguet, Basaksehir | 🇪🇬 |
8 Feb 22 - 30 Jun 22
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Not Selected | 4 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 |
CB Josh Feeney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Sil Swinkels | 🇳🇱 |
M Hayden Lindley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 38%
Possession A | 62%
Shots F | 14
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 9
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 8

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Aaron Danks
Assistant Manager: Gary McAllister
Assistant Manager: Michael Beale
Sporting Director: Johan Lange
Technical Director: Jeremy Oliver

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 |🦵🏼|
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | ⚽ |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 |🦵🏼| ⚽ | 🔁 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🟨 |
F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |🦵🏼| ⚽ | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 | for F Danny Ings | 71’ |
🔁 | W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | for M Jacob Ramsey | 78’ |
🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | for M Philippe Coutinho | 81’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tommi O’Reilly | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK Fraser Forster | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £11.25m |
RB Valentino Livramento | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £5.31m |
CB Jan Bednarek | 🇵🇱 | £5.40m |
CB Jack Stephens | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £0.15m |
LB Romain Perraud | 🇫🇷 | £10.80m | 🔁 (RB Kyle Walker-Peters 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £11.97m)
M Stewart Armstrong | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £7.16m |
M James Ward-Prowse | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
M Oriol Romeu | 🇪🇸 | 🟨 | £6.3m | 🔁 (M Ibrahima Diallo 🇫🇷 | £10.80m)
W Mohamed Elyounoussi | 🇳🇴 | £16.20m | 🔁 (RB Yan Valery 🇫🇷 | Yth)
CF Che Adams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £15.03m |
CF Armando Broja | 🇦🇱 | Loan |

Unused:
CF Adam Armstrong | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £15.93m |
W Nathan Redmond | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £12.15m |
GK Willy Caballero | 🇦🇷 | Free |
W Moussa Djenepo | 🇲🇱 | £14.13m |
M Will Smallbone | 🇮🇪 | Yth |
W Theo Walcott | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

Manager: Ralph Hasenhüttl | 🇦🇹 |
1st XI Cost: £77.60m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £22.70m
Team Cost: £100.37m
Squad Cost: £142.58m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 10/20
Homegrown: 2/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Ashley Young makes his 195th start for Villa in his sixth season with the club as John McGinn makes his 135th appearance in four campaigns.

Meanwhile, Jacob Ramsey, 20, makes his thirtieth start for the club, Ollie Watkins his 60th, and Danny Ings makes his 20th appearance.

Douglas Luiz, the first Brazilian to play for the club and now 23, makes it 99 appearances for Villa since joining in 2019.

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MATCH TIMELINE

⚽ | 9’ Goal, 1-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Danny Ings
⚽ | 44’ Goal, 2-0, Douglas Luiz, Assist by Philippe Coutinho
⏱️ | HT Aston Villa 2-0 Southampton
⚽ | 52’ Goal, 3-0, Philippe Coutinho, Assist by Danny Ings
⚽ | 54’ Goal, 4-0, Danny Ings, Assist by Matty Cash
🔁 | 71’ Sub off, Danny Ings, Sub on, Morgan Sanson
🟨 | 74’ Booking, Ollie Watkins, Bad foul
🔁 | 78’ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Leon Bailey
🔁 | 81’ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Emiliano Buendía
⏱️ | FT Aston Villa 4-0 Southampton

MANAGER WATCH

🆗 Steven Gerrard win rate is 10th of 32 Villa bosses after sixteen games.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“It could have been bigger, without Fraser Forster it could have been five or six. We deserved a clean sheet - we had a collective unity today, we worked hard and put our bodies on the lines. We scored four magnificent goals, and they were all different. What pleased me was the fact that we controlled the game, I don’t think anyone can take that away from us.

“All of the good play and the good teams always have that base that is tough to play against and they work hard for each other and then your quality players do the job in the final third and I think that was the case we did today.

“We’ve got Phil [Coutinho] back fit and in a really good place - he was back to his Liverpool form today and he was a touch above. The other players have got a lift from him. It is about having players running in behind for him and Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings were untouchable at times today too. When Phil is in the mood he is a world class player. He probably finished my career a couple of years early, he’s the reason I’ve got screws in my knees and groins!

“The fans deserved a strong away performance last week and I think we owed the fans that today on the back of a poor Watford performance. The responsibility is on us to lift the crowd.

“Every manager is after consistency. The mood in the changing room is good but we’ve got to reset and Leeds will be a tough game because they’ll have that new manager bounce. If we can build on this performance I’m confident that we can deliver again.”

Steven Gerrard.

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“Sometimes he [Philippe Coutinho] thinks too quickly for you, so I have to go off his body movement and sometimes I’ve gone the opposite way. He’s too sharp - he thinks quicker than anyone else.

“I can’t speak highly enough about him to be honest. It’s a joy to play with him, and Ingsy, and hopefully we can do this more often to teams.

“We’ve had a bit of a sticky spell but we’ve got to find some consistency and be hard to beat. We’ve got a lot of good technical players, so it is about doing the ugly side.”

Ollie Watkins.

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”It was a great win against a very tough opponent. We handled the press quite well. We could have been better on the ball to play through it but overall we have to be delighted with that performance.

“Partnerships take time and me and Ollie have been working so hard on the training pitch to try and build a partnership. There was some nice stuff today and hopefully we can keep going together.

“It was quite easy not to celebrate because I have so much respect for Southampton - they almost gave me a second chance in football and I am so grateful for that and I always will be. It was a mixed emotion kind of day for me.”

Danny Ings.

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 5 March 2022

“Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard said Philippe Coutinho was “right up there with his Liverpool form of old” as his side produced a magnificent display to win consecutive Premier League games for the first time since November and end Southampton’s six-match unbeaten run.

“The Brazilian, who joined Villa on loan from Barcelona in January, played a role in the first two goals, before scoring the third as Villa emphatically ended a four-game winless streak at Villa Park and produced their biggest win under Gerrard.”

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Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard said Philippe Coutinho was “right up there with his Liverpool form of old” as his side produced a magnificent display to win consecutive Premier League games for the first time since November and end Southampton’s six-match unbeaten run.
The Brazilian, who joined Villa on loan from Barcelona in January, played a role in the first two goals, before scoring the third as Villa emphatically ended a four-game winless streak at Villa Park and produced their biggest win under Gerrard.
After a smart Coutinho pass Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins linked up, the latter turning Jack Stephens before curling into the far corner for the opening goal after nine minutes.
The second came on the stroke of half-time as Calum Chambers superbly lofted over the Saints defence with the outside of his boot for Coutinho to cushion across to compatriot Douglas Luiz who tapped home for his first league goal since January 2020.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl brought on Yan Valery at half-time and switched to a back five, but Coutinho drilled home a third from the right side of the area, before Ings swept home a Matty Cash cutback against his former club in the opening 10 minutes of the half to end any hopes of a comeback.

“We’ve got Phil [Coutinho] back fit and in a really good physical place. He was right up there with his Liverpool form of old today and he was above the game at times,” Gerrard, who played alongside the 29-year-old at Liverpool, told BBC Match of the Day.
“I witnessed that at close quarters when I played with him. The goal he scored today, he was sending the defenders one way and the other, and he used to do that to me most days in training.
“He probably finished my career a couple of years early - he’s the reason I’ve got screws in my knees and groin!”
The win sees Villa climb to 11th, just outside the top half on goal difference, while Southampton remain ninth.
As at all Premier League games this weekend, there was [a show of solidarity and support for Ukraine](https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60632237) after the invasion by Russia, with the Aston Villa fans applauding and Southampton fans holding up blue and yellow scarves.
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### Coutinho brings a spark that Saints lack
When Coutinho joined Villa, Gerrard [called him a “special footballer”](https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/59906213) , but said they would have to be [“patient with him”](https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/59999281) .
A return of two goals and two assists in his opening 440 minutes was encouraging, but there was a sense that this was Coutinho properly reintroducing himself to English football.
He linked up superbly with Watkins, who scored his seventh league goal of the season, both seeing golden opportunities set up by the other saved by Fraser Forster in the first half.
Coutinho also latched on to a Watkins flick-on before slotting wide, but the partnership will give Gerrard food for thought after [rumours emerged this week](https://www.footballinsider247.com/sources-arsenal-handed-huge-boost-in-bid-to-sign-aston-villa-star-ollie-watkins/) that he was willing to listen to offers for Watkins in the summer.
The question remains whether Villa can keep hold of Coutinho in the summer, but based on the rapturous reception he got from the Villa Park faithful when he was substituted he may have found a place where he can start enjoying his football again.
He offered Villa something that Southampton, who had only lost once in 10 games, lacked. They struggled to break down Villa and create clear-cut opportunities, with a Che Adams drive their only effort on target.
The visitors’ midfield trio of Oriol Romeu, Stuart Armstrong and James Ward-Prowse can lack a creative edge, meaning Saints become reliant on their full-backs and set pieces which Villa stifled throughout the game.
Their recent run has drawn admirers, and this, while only likely to be a bump in the road, will concern Hasenhuttl with a top-half finish on offer and an FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester City in two weeks’ time.

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard said Philippe Coutinho was “right up there with his Liverpool form of old” as his side produced a magnificent display to win consecutive Premier League games for the first time since November and end Southampton’s six-match unbeaten run.
The Brazilian, who joined Villa on loan from Barcelona in January, played a role in the first two goals, before scoring the third as Villa emphatically ended a four-game winless streak at Villa Park and produced their biggest win under Gerrard.
After a smart Coutinho pass Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins linked up, the latter turning Jack Stephens before curling into the far corner for the opening goal after nine minutes.
The second came on the stroke of half-time as Calum Chambers superbly lofted over the Saints defence with the outside of his boot for Coutinho to cushion across to compatriot Douglas Luiz who tapped home for his first league goal since January 2020.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl brought on Yan Valery at half-time and switched to a back five, but Coutinho drilled home a third from the right side of the area, before Ings swept home a Matty Cash cutback against his former club in the opening 10 minutes of the half to end any hopes of a comeback.

“We’ve got Phil [Coutinho] back fit and in a really good physical place. He was right up there with his Liverpool form of old today and he was above the game at times,” Gerrard, who played alongside the 29-year-old at Liverpool, told BBC Match of the Day.
“I witnessed that at close quarters when I played with him. The goal he scored today, he was sending the defenders one way and the other, and he used to do that to me most days in training.
“He probably finished my career a couple of years early - he’s the reason I’ve got screws in my knees and groin!”
The win sees Villa climb to 11th, just outside the top half on goal difference, while Southampton remain ninth.
As at all Premier League games this weekend, there was [a show of solidarity and support for Ukraine](https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60632237) after the invasion by Russia, with the Aston Villa fans applauding and Southampton fans holding up blue and yellow scarves.
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### Coutinho brings a spark that Saints lack
When Coutinho joined Villa, Gerrard [called him a “special footballer”](https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/59906213) , but said they would have to be [“patient with him”](https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/59999281) .
A return of two goals and two assists in his opening 440 minutes was encouraging, but there was a sense that this was Coutinho properly reintroducing himself to English football.
He linked up superbly with Watkins, who scored his seventh league goal of the season, both seeing golden opportunities set up by the other saved by Fraser Forster in the first half.
Coutinho also latched on to a Watkins flick-on before slotting wide, but the partnership will give Gerrard food for thought after [rumours emerged this week](https://www.footballinsider247.com/sources-arsenal-handed-huge-boost-in-bid-to-sign-aston-villa-star-ollie-watkins/) that he was willing to listen to offers for Watkins in the summer.
The question remains whether Villa can keep hold of Coutinho in the summer, but based on the rapturous reception he got from the Villa Park faithful when he was substituted he may have found a place where he can start enjoying his football again.
He offered Villa something that Southampton, who had only lost once in 10 games, lacked. They struggled to break down Villa and create clear-cut opportunities, with a Che Adams drive their only effort on target.
The visitors’ midfield trio of Oriol Romeu, Stuart Armstrong and James Ward-Prowse can lack a creative edge, meaning Saints become reliant on their full-backs and set pieces which Villa stifled throughout the game.
Their recent run has drawn admirers, and this, while only likely to be a bump in the road, will concern Hasenhuttl with a top-half finish on offer and an FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester City in two weeks’ time.