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Southampton 1 v 0 Aston Villa
Barclays Premier League
Friday, 5th November 2021 Kick-off 20:00

Voting was locked for this match at midnight on Saturday 6th November but you may still add your mini match reports. Note that members and non-members alike were able to vote.

Alex McCarthy6.6
Valentino Livramento6.3
Jan Bednarek6.6
Mohamed Salisu6.9
Kyle Walker-Peters7.6
Stuart Armstrong5.7
James Ward-Prowse6.8
Oriol Romeu7.5
Mohamed Elyounoussi6.4
Adam Armstrong7.7
Che Adams7.1
Armando Broja6.0
Ibrahima Diallo6.0
8.0Emiliano Martinez
5.9Matthew Cash
5.2Axel Tuanzebe
5.3Tyrone Mings
5.3Matt Targett
5.4John McGinn
4.9Marvelous Nakamba
5.1Leon Bailey
5.3Emiliano Buendía
3.9Anwar El Ghazi
5.1Ollie Watkins
4.9Cameron Archer
4.7Keinan Davis

Match Rating6.1 

Your Southampton v Aston Villa Match Reports

Sadoldgit added 22:16 - Nov 5

Excellent first half. Resilient second half. Not our best performance this season but we deserved the 3 points and are building momentum.

Sadoldgit added 22:17 - Nov 5

Meant to add what a quality finish from Armstrong. I think he will, in time, turn into a quality player for us.

Ali_Diarea added 22:19 - Nov 5

Ralph out 😂
Imagine what he could do if he had a proper transfer kitty!

SaintPaulVW added 22:19 - Nov 5

Once again should have been 3 nil up at half time but once again, one was enough.

Armstrong and Adams combined to make a goal which is what we all want to see. Great shot from JWP and Stu should have converted. Martinez was playing out of his skin.

Has to be said, probably Tino's least impressive performance so far. Salisu also got away with it again from his one poor decision.

Still 10 from 12 points so far from the must win period.

Ralph's subs were well considered. Lyanco helped stop the second half battering we were taking.


SaintPaulVW added 22:20 - Nov 5


I_would added 22:22 - Nov 5

Ralph has a book coming out soon. "How to turn a decent side into a shambles inside fifteen minutes".

TimSaint added 22:51 - Nov 5

1dt half again promised so much but delivered so little. Just like v Leeds, Burnley and Watford, we dominated the first half, but failed to take our chances and subsequently made it difficult.

Typical game of 2 halves though. It was like we had a 3 course meal at HT and took 20 mins to run it off.

Still, some good performances and a few under performers too.

Officials got lots wrong too including a definite red, apparently a Villa penalty, but then a pen of our own near the end and a blatant kick to the chest by Mings on Adams.

Who cares, we won. Always love beating Villa, as got a good mate who supports them - and to be fair, we beat them more often than not.

1885_SFC added 22:51 - Nov 5

Luckily, no one ever gives a shít what you think I_would

leighsaint added 22:58 - Nov 5

When is our goalie on his long kicks going to find one of the Saints players. His distribution is terrible not once did he find a Saints player

I_would added 23:00 - Nov 5

Did you not see the match, as usual, 1885? Is that why you haven't commented on it, as usual?

Block8 added 23:09 - Nov 5

Very good first half, not enough goals. Slightly poor second half but defensively sound ( mostly)
Ralph plays KWP left back, to prevent left footed right wingers cutting in to shoot but maybe should tell him it's ok for him to do that at the other end!

Jellybaby added 23:59 - Nov 5

Ralph did really well on the subs and the timing of them, gets a lot of criticism normally for this aspect of his management, so well done to him.

dirk_doone added 01:02 - Nov 6

It looked like Villa were there for the taking. Minus their star players and anticipating their fifth consecutive defeat, they began the game, like Leeds Reserves did, low on confidence and hoping they wouldn't suffer a heavy defeat. A 6-0 Saints win wouldn't have been surprising. But our players came out after the half -time talk clearly under instructions to just hang on to a 1-0 lead. It worked, just.

A win is a win so credit to Ralph and the players for delivering it. Great to see Adam Armstrong score and our defence keep yet another clean sheet. 1-0 to the Southampton is becoming familiar. If we win most of our remaining games 1-0, this will be a brilliant season.


KriSaint added 01:03 - Nov 6

Are we becoming 1-0 winning specialists?
Big congratulations to Adam Armstrong for his brilliant match winning goal. What a left foot first-timer hit from 20 yards.
Like the Watford game we should have gotten perhaps 3 goals in the first half and buried the game - in the first half - but we didn't. So we had to hold on and we did, preventing Villa from clear cut chances.
Our defense looks continuously solid, and Ralph has become more pro-active and aware of tactical changes to be able to hold on to a lead.
He changed to a 3-5-2 after an hour bringing on Lyanco for Stuey. And again Lyanco played his part in closing up shop (like he did in the end of the Watford game), only this time he got 41 minutes, injury time included.
An important victory and we can go into the international break with our heads held high and now on 14 points and only 3 points away from 6th spot (before the rest of this weekends' games).
Well done!
Adam Armstrong was, I believe, chosen for MOTM and I'm happy for him. Worked tirelessly
and took part in pressuring as well as link-up / build-up play throughout the game, dropping deep on the pitch on several occasions to receive the ball and participate.
Players like JWP and KWP and (of course) Salisu also had very good performances and no Saints player had a bad game.
One 'negative' point apart from Stueys big miss in the first half and the fact that Martinez had two world class saves from JWPs first-timer shot (first half) and Adams' header (second half) was that we didn't look particularly dangerous from our corners.

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