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Ings double fires Saints past Villa

premier-league Villa Park | Sat 21 Dec 3PM | Attendance: 41,834
Match Report post Highlights

AST vs Saints
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AST vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments

  • Saints have their third win in five
  • Ings scores twice either side of HT, meaning it's seven in seven for him
  • Jack Stephens doubled the lead, heading in from a corner
  • Villa get a goal back through a Grealish stunner
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Your Man of the Match, Saints fans?

Your Man of the Match, Saints fans?

The results so far:

  • Danny Ings
    77%
  • Shane Long
    6%
  • Jack Stephens
    13%
  • James Ward-Prowse 
    1%
  • Stuart Armstrong
    1%
  • Ryan Bertrand
    1%

3️⃣ wins in 5️⃣

The perfect start to the Christmas period! Our full report from the 3-1 win at Villa Park can be found HERE

17.09
Southampton FC

An early Christmas present! 🎁 #SaintsFC pick up a HUGE three points! 🙌

FULL TIME: Aston Villa 1-3 Saints

WHAT. A. WIN. Saints gain their third win in five to kick-off this vital Christmas period. Ings has seven goals in his last seven, scoring his first after 20 mins following Long's deflected effort. Stephens doubled Saints' lead ten minutes later, heading home a Ward-Prowse corner before the break. Ings then sealed the result in the 51st minute, with Villa's only response being a Grealish stunner.

+1’

Grealish close to another worldie...

The Villa skipper hits another from that left wing, but McCarthy is level to it!

Four minutes added on...

See this out Saints! 👊

88’

Another effort for Højbjerg...

The skipper hits one from range but Heaton gets enough behind it.

87’

Yellow Card for Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa)

Villa's substitute booked for the pull of Bednarek's shirt 

86’

Southampton substitution: Ché Adams replaces Danny Ings

What an afternoon for Ings 👏 

He's replaced by Adams with 5 to play...

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86’

SO CLOSE TO A THIRD! 😫

Saints break with Højbjerg, who lays it off to Ings. 


Ings's shot is well saved by Heaton, but it falls back to Højbjerg who can only hit it over with the goal gapping! 

Terrific defending, Stephens! 💪

A vital challenge from the centre-back as Wesley looked to be through!

82’

Southampton substitution: Michael Obafemi replaces Shane Long

A successful afternoon for Long, he's replaced by Michael Obafemi with less than ten to go...

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80’

Trezeguet has another go...McCarthy claims! 😅

Ings deflects the second free-kick whilst in the wall, but McCarthy read the flight and collects well.


Villa with all the possession now...

78’

Trezeguet takes...Romeu blocks in the wall 👊

Brave defending from the substitute! 

77’

Free-kick to Villa

Bednarek fouling Wesley and Villa have a free-kick in a dangerous position here

76’

Southampton substitution: Oriol Romeu replaces Stuart Armstrong

Hasenhüttl makes his first substitute of the afternoon in response.

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Grealish stunner gets one back

Credit where it's due, that's a terrific hit from Jack Grealish to give Villa a lifeline in this one.

74’

GOAL

Jack Grealish (74’) | 1 3

74’

Kodjia does well...

Villa looking a slighter better side now coming forward, winning successive corners since the arrival of Kodjia 

C L I N I C A L 🎯

Danny Ings hits home his second

70’

Aston Villa substitution: Anwar El Ghazi replaces Mahmoud Ibrahim Hassan

Third and final Villa substitute as Trezeguet enters the field

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68’

Ward-Prowse hits it....but Heaton collects 😔

It was in Prowsey territory, but Heaton does well to hold onto his effort

67’

Yellow Card for Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa)

The Villa player charges into Danny Ings as Saints counter again, conceding a free-kick in a promising position...

Perfect ball from Ingsy 👏

He's involved again, this time winning back possession before hitting a cross towards an unmarked Long...


The Irishman slips at the vital moment, but Saints continue to look a threat on the counter!

61’

Redmond goes so, so close! 😫

Long feeds through Redmond, who twists and turns and beats his man before firing into the side netting!


Saints so dangerous on the break...

59’

Ings back defending, before countering!

Danny Ings has been everywhere today! Himself and Long back helping the defensive efforts before launching a counter attack...


Redmond plays the ball through and the number nine is inches away from latching onto it before Heaton collects.

56’

Aston Villa substitution: Jonathan Kodjia replaces Conor Hourihane

Second substitution for the hosts.

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55’

Villa pilling on the pressure...

The home side looking to get the ball in the Saints box at any given opportunity. 


Saints holding firm so far!

GOALSCORER 9 Danny Ings

THAT. MAN. AGAIN.

A complete mess at the back for Villa, Danny Ings hits it in on the half-term emphatically! 


"He's one of our own!," shout the travelling Saints fans! 

50’

GOOOAL!!!

Danny Ings (50’) | 0 3

45’

Villa get the game back underway...

Let's keep this up, Saints!

Two 🆙

Danny Ings and Jack Stephens on the scoresheet!

Southampton FC

3️⃣ in 3️⃣ for @ingstagram10 on the road! 🔥

You know who 😏

Danny Ings on the scoresheet again 👊


In other news, water is wet.

What's that? 2-0 Saints? 🤔

Jack Stephens celebrates our second of the afternoon following a barnstorming start from Hasenhüttl's men!

HALF-TIME: Aston Villa 0-2 Saints

It's a perfect start to the game for Saints, who go in at the break two goals to the good. Danny Ings struck once again inside 20 minutes to put the yellows ahead; the Englishman in the right place at the right time to hit home the rebounded Shane Long effort. Ten minutes later it was two; Jack Stephens heading home a Ward-Prowse corner in what was a dominating first half for Hasenhüttl's men.

+2’

Top save McCarthy 👐

Not had much to do this half, but our man between the sticks is there to respond to a Gilbert shot from just outside the penalty area.

45’

Four minutes added time...

Let's see this out till the break!

43’

Yellow Card for James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Ward-Prowse in the book after halting Grealish's breakaway for the hosts.

38’

Stephens defends well 💪

Back to the day job for Jack Stephens, who does brilliantly to quell the Aston Villa pressure with a sliding challenge  

35’

Engels almost catching out Heaton 👀

The Villa defender looks to set the ball back with a lofted ball, luckily for the hosts Heaton was alert...

GOALSCORER 5 Jack Stephens

STEPHENSSSSS ☄️

Ward-Prowse's corner, which Stephens rises highest for and heads home!


You absolutely love to see it! 

31’

GOOOAL!!!

Jack Stephens (31’) | 0 2

27’

Douglas-Luiz hits one wide...

Villa looking to respond, Douglas-Luiz dragging an effort wide of McCarthy's right post.

26’

OFF THE LINE! 😫

Constant pressure from Saints, Shane Long involved once again heading across goal which Villa scramble off the line.


Keep this up, Saints!

23’

Long coming close now!

Jack Stephens (yes, you read that right) surging through the Villa defence and finding Long, whose clever flick is well blocked by Heaton. 


Great pressure this from Saints!

GOALSCORER 9 Danny Ings

INGSY AGAIN!

It's 3️⃣straight away goals for Danny Ings, who was in the right place at the right time to covert the rebound following Shane Long's blocked goal. UP THE SAINTS!

20’

GOOOAL!!!

Danny Ings (20’) | 0 1

20’

Another chance for Villa...

End-to-end here; Wesley this time hitting an effort on the half volley just past the post following a good cross.

18’

Long comes so, so close 😱

Lovely play down the left from Bertrand and Remond, the former firing in a cross which Long heads over from close range. 

15’

Big chance for Villa...

El Ghazi finds space at the back post following a deep cross and a bit of confusion in the Saints defence, but McCarthy manages to get a block in! 

7’

Aston Villa substitution: Marvelous Nakamba replaces John McGinn

Villa forced into an early change, Marvelous Nakama coming on for the injured McGinn. 


Let's hope it's only Marvelous by name 🤭

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6’

McGinn down receiving treatment 

Scotland's player of the year John McGinn is down and looks like he will need to be replaced. Big blow for Villa this...

4’

Ward-Prowse tests Heaton 👏

Another Saints free-kick, this time taken by Ward-Prowse who lofts it over the wall and provides an early test for Tom Heaton.

1’

Early Saints free-kick...

Shane Long with a lovely touch off the chest and he sets free Ings, but is fouled as Saints' break is dealt with by Villa.

0’

Saints get us underway...

COME ON YOU SAINTS

Handshakes ✅

Time for the talking to stop, COME ON YOU SAINTS! 

14.58

Warm-ups ⌛️⏳

15 minutes to go at Villa Park...

14.45

Half an hour till action... 🎬

Looking forward to this one, Saints fans?

14.28
Southampton FC

Smile if you’re back in the team 😁 Your #SaintsFC team news! ↔️

14.13

Aston Villa XI

Starting XI: Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Hause, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Hourihane, El Ghazi, Wesley, Grealish (c)

Subs: Nyland, Elmohamady, Konsa, Nakamba, Lansbury, Trezeguet, Kodja

14.11

Stu starts! 👊

Stuart Armstrong comes in for the injured Moussa Djenepo for today's game; the only change from the defeat to West Ham a week ago. Sofiane Boufal returns to the bench. Aston Villa make two changes to defeat at Sheffield United.

14.09

Today's Saints XI 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Cedric, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg (c), Redmond, Armstrong, Long, Ings

Subs: Gunn, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Romeu, Boufal, Adams, Obafemi

14.00
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Which of these players would you bring in for today's game? ��

Which of these players would you bring in for today's game? ��

The results so far:

  • Jan Vestergaard
    4%
  • Maya Yoshida
    24%
  • Oriol Romeu
    16%
  • Michael Obafemi
    4%
  • Stuart Armstrong
    40%
  • Ché Adams
    12%
Southampton FC

🖤 MATCHDAY! 💛 looking for a big W on the road! 👊 #saintsfc

13.37

GAME FACES 🔛

The team have arrived at Villa Park.

13.35

SETTINGS 😎

Just under two hours till kick-off...

13.16
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⚠️ IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION

Aston Villa have advised supporters find an alternative route to Villa Park, following an incident on the M6 between junction 5 and 6.

12.42

Pre-match thoughts 🗣

Earlier in the week we caught up with manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, who addressed team news, today's opponents and how his side are shaping up.

13.52

We are so focused on what we're doing and convinced about what we're doing that we know we can take something there."

Ralph Hasenhüttl
Southampton fc manager
13.49

Work mode 🔛

The players have been hard at work at Staplewood Campus this week, take a look at the pick of the pictures from the last seven days of training. 📸

13.44
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💛 M A T C H D A Y  🖤

It's a Premier League away day for Saints, who head to Aston Villa level on points and one position lower than Saturday's hosts. Looking for their first win in three, manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has pinpointed the trip to Villa Park as an opportunity they must take. Villa will also be looking at today's fixture as being key, as they seek a first league win since the end of November. 

13.38

AST vs Saints Line Ups

Aston Villa

1
Tom Heaton (GK)
22
Björn Engels
30
Kortney Hause
18
Matt Targett
24
Frederic Guilbert
7
John McGinn
replace Marvelous Nakamba (8′)
14
Conor Hourihane
replace Jonathan Kodjia (56′) yellow card
6
Douglas Luiz
9
Wesley
21
Anwar El Ghazi yellow card
replace Trézéguet (68′)
10
Jack Grealish (C) goal
26
Jonathan Kodjia
11
Marvelous Nakamba
8
Henri Lansbury
27
Ahmed El Mohamady
15
Ezri Konsa Ngoyo
25
Ørjan Nyland
17
Trézéguet

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
5
Jack Stephens goal
2
Cédric Soares
21
Ryan Bertrand
35
Jan Bednarek
22
Nathan Redmond
16
James Ward-Prowse yellow card
17
Stuart Armstrong
replace Oriol Romeu (76′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
9
Danny Ings goal goal
replace Che Adams (87′)
7
Shane Long
replace Michael Obafemi (82′)
3
Maya Yoshida
19
Sofiane Boufal
28
Angus Gunn
20
Michael Obafemi
10
Che Adams
4
Jannik Vestergaard
14
Oriol Romeu

AST vs Saints Match Stats

Aston Villa

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    56
    comparison angle
    44
  • Shots
    19
    comparison angle
    17
  • Shots on target
    6
    comparison angle
    8
  • Corners
    7
    comparison angle
    5
  • Passes Complete
    335
    comparison angle
    234

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
2
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
shots on target
Shots On Target
3
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
chances created
Chances Created
2
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
passes completed
Passes Completed
41
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
tackles
Tackles
4
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
clearances
Clearances
7
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
saves
Saves
5
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy