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Saints clinch home win over Villa

premier-league St Mary's Stadium | Sat 22 Feb 3PM | Attendance: 31,478
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Saints vs AST As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Ralph Hasenhüttl's side move ten points clear of the drop zone
  • Stuart Armstrong netted the decider in stoppage time
  • Saints carried their lead into the half-time break
  • Shane Long broke the deadlock after good work from Moussa Djenepo

Saints clinch home win over Villa

An early goal from Shane Long and a late one from Stuart Armstrong were enough to secure Southampton’s first league double under Ralph Hasenhüttl. Our report.

FULL-TIME: Saints 2-0 Villa

Three points are ours! A fantastic win for Ralph Hasenhüttl's side, with goals scored by Shane Long and Stuart Armstrong. Entirely deserved - Saints move ten points clear of the drop zone as a result.

GOALSCORER 17 Stuart Armstrong

THAT SEALS IT

Saints break, it's a fantastic ball from Adams to spot Armstrong on the run. He's nearly ran the length of the pitch to latch onto the pass, with the goal gaping, and slots into an empty net.

+4’

GOOOAL!!!

Stuart Armstrong (+4’) | 2 0

+4’

Villa corner

Won by Grealish. Everyone back for Saints. Reina is up for Villa and they're caught short at the back...

4 minutes added...

Saints continue to lead, but will need to see out four minutes of additional time to claim the points...

89’

Yellow Card for Frederic Guilbert (Aston Villa)

88’

Nervy end

It's end to end here. Højbjerg does well to dispossess Grealish, sets away Obafemi who rounds Luiz but runs out of energy. Game has really opened up.

85’

Adams denied once more

Obafemi had run down the ball and collided with Reina, it came lose and Adams hit it goalward but it was blocked by the frame of Hause. 

Solid Premier League debut 👊

80’

Aston Villa substitution: Borja González Tomás replaces Marvelous Nakamba

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79’

Adams fires wide

So close to a first Saints goal for the substitute. He links well with Armstrong, turns and shoots from distance. But it's marginally off target.

79’

Southampton substitution: Oriol Romeu replaces Will Smallbone

Final swap.

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72’

Southampton substitution: Michael Obafemi replaces Shane Long

Second change.

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72’

Southampton substitution: Ché Adams replaces Danny Ings

First change for Saints.

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71’

Yellow Card for José Reina (Aston Villa)

For a foul on Long.

70’

Reina denies Bertrand

Armstrong works the ball to the full-back, who shoots, but the sting was taken out of it by Hause. 

68’

Bright spell from Villa

Samatta forces a corner off Jack Stephens, which is taken short to Grealish. He tries to force a pass across the six yard line but there's plenty of red and white shirts in his way.

59’

Aston Villa substitution: Conor Hourihane replaces Ezri Konsa Ngoyo

Second change for the visitors.

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Wayward from Djenepo

He's having a real impact on the game from wide left, as he cuts inside and shoots with his right. Off target this time. Højbjerg tries his luck in the next wave of attack and forces another good save from Reina.

56’

Stephens chance

He latches onto a wonderful delivery from Bertrand, but hooks his effort narrowly over the bar. Saints in ascendance again, as Armstrong sneaks in behind, in front of Reina, but hits the side netting from a tight angle.

52’

Lovely play

The hosts beginning the second half much in the same way as they ended the previous one. Prowsey with another corner, which Højbjerg met and deflected off Marvelous. Ings with the follow up, blocked.

50’

Djenepo intercepts

And sets Saints on their way. He plays it wide to Long, who hit a first time pass towards the runners infield. Luiz stretches a leg to deal with it, and diverts the ball for a corner. 

HT

 Ready for the second half?

We are! Saints get us back under way. No changes for either side. Shane Long's goal remains the difference...

HALF-TIME: Saints 1-0 Villa

Very productive first 45 from the hosts. Dominated in every sense of the word. Shane Long with the opener, and could have been more after chances fell the way of Djenepo and Ings. Just the one goal separating the sides at the break.

+3’

Yellow Card for Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Aston Villa)

For a foul on Djenepo.

+2’

Strong finish

The hosts ending the half strongly. They've dominated possession for the majority of the first 45 minutes. Bertrand's corner is the latest chance, calls for hand ball, but nothing given. 

43’

Long slices wide

Superb midfield play from Armstrong, who runs at the Villa defence and forces them to retreat. Options to his left and right, he chooses to play Long wide right, but the forward slices wide.

🤕

39’

Wild from Bertrand

Bednarek calmly brings the ball down and plays it into the path of the full-back. He shoots but blazes the effort way over the bar.

38’

Samatta has the ball in the net

He latches onto a through ball from Grealish, and slot past McCarthy, but the flag was up early. Good line from Saints.

36’

Grealish free-kick

Dangerous position, edge of the Saints 18 yard. Djenepo has re-entered the field of play having been bandaged up. Villa free-kick comes to nothing and Saints have regained possession.

33’

Djenepo receiving treatment

Break in play as Moussa Djenepo clashes with Marvelous and is down receiving treatment. Looks to have a cut above his eye.

Holding his own 

Will Smallbone competing well in midfield. Saints looking comfortable in possession, but should having a larger advantage after creating chances aplenty. 

27’

Aston Villa substitution: Mahmoud Ibrahim Hassan replaces Anwar El Ghazi

Forced changed.

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23’

Saints pressurising

Another chance for a second goal goes begging. Pepe Reina with his third big save of the half. This time he denies Djenepo with a big left hand - although Ings looked to be offside in the build up.

20’

Glorious chance

Opportunity for Saints to double their lead. Ings gets the first chance, but Reina stands tall and saves with his legs. The ball eventually breaks to Djenepo eight yards from goal, but he blazes over.

📸

Picture perfect! Danny Ings celebrates with Shane Long, having scored the home side's opener. 

16’

Grealish fouled

Prowsey rather heavy handed with the midfielder, and fouls him. Free-kick given, nothing more. He's keeping close tabs on the Villa captain.

14’

Lovely turn from Djenepo

The winger fashions a chance from almost nothing, rolling Luiz in midfield and releasing Bertrand. He didn't have much by way of support so elected to shoot, and hit the side netting. It's all Saints currently. 

11’

Corner

Matt Targett wins a corner for the visitors. Swung in by captain Jack Grealish, attacked by a host of bodies in light blue but ultimately punched away by Alex McCarthy. Saints break with Højbjerg, but the opportunity is wasted.

GOALSCORER 7 Shane Long

DEADLOCK BROKEN

Djenepo gets to the byline and pulls the ball back for Longy at the near post, it almost hits him and goes in - but right place right time and Saints lead! 

8’

GOOOAL!!!

Shane Long (8’) | 1 0

6’

Smallbone strikes the post

Djenepo worked the ball well to the youngster, making his Premier League debut, and his shot takes a deflection and then hits the woodwork. Resulting corner doesn't come to much. 

4’

Prowsey special

The midfielder, filling in at full-back today, whips the ball to the near post. It's again headed by Mings, out for a corner. Bertrand this time crosses centrally but again it's cleared.

3’

Smallbone wins a free-kick

Promising area too, having snuck the ball through the legs of Douglas Luiz. Ward-Prowse delivers from wide right and it's met by the head of Tyrone Mings. Half chance for Saints.

1’

We're under way

Formalities complete and the visitors get us up and running. Jack Grealish is first on the assault, before Stuart Armstrong gets a sniff of a chance up the other end. 

Warms up complete...

We're ready for kick-off here at St Mary's!  

15.00

hopefully he can play without being too nervous, and show what he can do. he must stick to the plan and i think, if he does, he will have a good game today.

ralph hasenhüttl
on the inclusion of will smallbone
14.26

ASTON VILLA TEAM

Starting XI: Reina (GK), Luiz, Targett, El Ghazi, Hause, Mings, Konsa, Samatta, Guilbert, Marvelous, Grealish (c). 

Subs: Nyland (GK), Drinkwater, Hourihane, Trézéguet, Bastón, Engels, El Mohamady. 

14.23

Premier League debut incoming...

Will Smallbone makes his full Premier League bow against Aston Villa today, accompanying captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg in midfield! 👏


Jannik Vestergaard is also replaced by Jan Bednarek in defence. Sofiane Boufal is an option from the bench.

14.02

SAINTS XI CONFIRMED 🚨

Starting XI: McCarthy (GK), Stephens, Bednarek, Ward-Prowse, Bertrand, Højbjerg (c), Smallbone, Djenepo, Armstrong, Ings, Long.

Subs: Gunn (GK), Vestergaard, Valery, Romeu, Boufal, Obafemi, Adams.

14.00

Get clued up 🤓

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13.49

Today's stage...

The calm before the matchday storm! 🌪

13.33
VOTE NOW
Saints won the reverse fixture at Villa Park in December 3-1, but who scored the goals? ��

Saints won the reverse fixture at Villa Park in December 3-1, but who scored the goals? ��

The results so far:

  • Danny Ings and Shane Long
    20%
  • Jack Stephens and Shane Long
    8%
  • Danny Ings and Jan Bednarek
    12%
  • Jan Bednarek and Shane Long
    0%
  • Danny Ings and Jack Stephens
    60%

📍 St Mary's Stadium

Southampton's players check in at St Mary's ahead of today's Premier League action.

13.28

South coast clubs collide 🤜🤛

Southampton's Under-23s played AFC Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium last night. Check out highlights from the game...

12.45

In every position we have two players and there are a few young guys who are pushing to get a chance. so the atmosphere is good.

ralph hasenhüttl
on the shape of his squad
12.42

Hasenhüttl assesses Villa test 🗣

The manager looks ahead to today's Premier League visit of Aston Villa...

12.41

Sneak peak inside today's dressing room 👀

Who would you have in your starting XI today, Saints fans? 

12.07

This week's prep 💪

Take a look through this week's preparation from Staplewood Campus...

11.39
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𝓢𝓪𝓲𝓷𝓽𝓼 𝓿𝓼 𝓐𝓼𝓽𝓸𝓷 𝓥𝓲𝓵𝓵𝓪 👊

11.33

MATCHDAY 😍

Welcome to another St Mary's matchday! Today Saints host Aston Villa, having just fallen short against Burnley a week prior. The visitors come into the tie off the back of a 3-2 loss to Spurs, where Son scored a last gasp winner. We'll have all the build up to kick-off, team news, and live in-game updates. Stay tuned...

11.32

Saints vs AST Line Ups

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
16
James Ward-Prowse
5
Jack Stephens
21
Ryan Bertrand
35
Jan Bednarek
12
Moussa Djenepo
17
Stuart Armstrong yellow card goal
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
27
William Smallbone
replace Oriol Romeu (80′)
9
Danny Ings
replace Michael Obafemi (73′)
7
Shane Long goal
replace Che Adams (73′)
10
Che Adams
43
Yan Valery
28
Angus Gunn
19
Sofiane Boufal
4
Jannik Vestergaard
14
Oriol Romeu
20
Michael Obafemi

Aston Villa

29
Pepe Reina (GK) yellow card
40
Tyrone Mings
30
Kortney Hause
15
Ezri Konsa Ngoyo yellow card
replace Conor Hourihane (59′)
24
Frederic Guilbert yellow card
11
Marvelous Nakamba
replace Borja Bastón (81′)
18
Matt Targett
6
Douglas Luiz
21
Anwar El Ghazi
replace Trézéguet (28′)
20
Mbwana Samatta
10
Jack Grealish (C) yellow card
19
Borja Bastón
17
Trézéguet
14
Conor Hourihane
4
Daniel Drinkwater
25
Ørjan Nyland
27
Ahmed El Mohamady
22
Björn Engels

Saints vs AST Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Aston Villa
  • Possession (%)
    46
    comparison angle
    54
  • Shots
    28
    comparison angle
    4
  • Shots on target
    9
    comparison angle
    1
  • Corners
    9
    comparison angle
    6
  • Passes Complete
    234
    comparison angle
    295

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
1
Stuart  Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong
shots on target
Shots On Target
2
Stuart  Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong
chances created
Chances Created
5
Stuart  Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong
passes completed
Passes Completed
26
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
tackles
Tackles
3
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
clearances
Clearances
5
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
saves
Saves
1
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy