Southampton have been one of the most in form sides since the restart last season. They’ve made it tough for Villa head to head lately as well. Villa haven’t earned a point versus the Saints since a draw back in 2015, losing by two goals each of the last three meetings.
This time was no different immediately from the start, with Che Adams getting what he thought was the opener in the 3’ of the game off a flicked corner, only for it to be ruled out by VAR.
Villa didn’t take advantage of the let off, and in the 19’ another set piece from James Ward-Prowse and Jan beat John McGinn to the ball and thumped the header past Emi Martinez (yea, I don’t know why he was marking him either).
Bertrand Traore made his first start for Villa today but was forced off in the 28’ with an apparent muscle injury. Trezeguet came on for a straight swap for the injured winger.
More of the same in the 32’ as Southampton won a free kick outside of the area and James Ward-Prowse got the first of his birthday goals, to add to his earlier assist.
2-0 to the away side, and in the 45’, on the brink of halftime Matty Cash got caught on a switched ball over his head. He would’ve been beat but took a handball and a yellow card right at the top of the box. Cue James Ward-Prowse again to make it 3-0.
Halftime Southampton 3-0 Aston Villa. The best chance in the first half was from Jack Grealish in the 9’ cutting in and having his shot blocked, which trickled wide. Other than that, it was fairly controlled from the visitors.
Looking for some sort of response, Villa came out and Jack Grealish had a nice header saved in the 51’. Of course, not 10 minutes later, Danny Ings got on the scoresheet and made it 4-0 in the 58’ with a banger of a finish to the top corner.
I guess four goals is what it took for the response, and four minutes later in the 62’, Tyrone Mings got on the end of a Matt Targett cross and headed it home to stop the shutout.
Matty Cash came off for Ahmed Elmohamady in the 67’, a rough day for the fullback again.
A slew of chances came in a row for Trezeguet, but all of them were blocked nicely from the Southampton defense.
Jack Grealish won a penalty in the dying minutes of the game after a nice move. He gave it to Ollie Watkins, who stepped up to make it 4-2. The strikers first goal since the hat trick at Liverpool.
Right before the death, Jack Grealish got his goal and made it 4-3, but that was essentially the last kick of the game as Villa put up a bit of a fight at the end.
Not good enough today in the first half but found a way to make it look decent in the end. 4-3 looks a lot better than 3-0 or 4-1 or whatever it could’ve been. But Villa defending looks like it might be back to old Villa defending, and Southampton score four goals on four shots on target. Three from set pieces.