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Ward-Prowse stars in win at Villa
It was a birthday to savour for James Ward-Prowse, as the Southampton captain scored two sublime free-kicks in the first half to take the game away from Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Ward-Prowse assisted the opener for Jannik Vestergaard, terrorising the hosts from set-pieces as Saints went in 3-0 up at the interval.
Danny Ings added a spectacular fourth early in the second half, but the home side got one back through Tyrone Mings, before Ollie Watkins and Jack Grealish also replied in stoppage time.
Hasenhüttl provides injury update
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl was left with concern over three of his players following the 4-3 win away to Aston Villa, and will now wait to find out the extent of the injuries.
Jan Bednarek landed on his head following an aerial challenge in the first half, and was removed at half-time, with Jack Stephens coming on in his place.
He would not be the last enforced change of the day, as Ryan Bertrand went off late on after sustaining a hamstring issue, before Danny Ings suffered an injury to his left knee in the closing moments of the match.
Saints have chance to go top
Victory over Newcastle United under the lights at St Mary’s on Friday night would see Southampton hit top spot in the Premier League.
Saints have taken 13 points from their last five matches – a remarkable response having opened the campaign with back-to-back defeats.
It means victory over 11th-placed Newcastle in Friday’s Sky-televised showdown would see Saints hit the summit, eight games into the season.
Women through to FA Cup first round
Southampton FC Women booked their place in the first round proper of the Women's FA Cup with a 4-0 win at Ilminster Town.
Phoebe Williams scored the opener, curling an effort from the edge of the box into the top corner, before Alisha Ware, celebrating her 18th birthday, added the second on the stroke of half-time.
Ware scored again in the 74th minute, while Ella Pusey wrapped up the victory with an impressive finish from a tight angle.
Under-18s fall to Fulham defeat
Southampton Under-18s fell to a 2-0 defeat to Fulham in the Under-18s Premier League on Saturday despite playing their part in an entertaining affair.
Luke Harris opened the scoring in the second half, before Marco Rus twice went close to an equaliser.
But the visitors secured the points through Mika Biereth’s late clincher.
Saints B in Hampshire Cup action
Southampton’s youngsters face Eastleigh at the Silverlake Stadium tonight, playing for a place in the Hampshire FA Senior Cup final.
Saints secured their place in tonight’s semi-final of the 2019/20 competition with victory over Havant & Waterlooville back in February.
“They’ve got players who have played league football, they’re full time,” said B team boss Dave Horseman. “I think it will be a really, really tough game against a National League team who are playing at a really high level.”
No place like home for Walcott
Read our feature interview with Theo Walcott? Last week the returning Saint came back to St Mary’s to discuss his homecoming so far.
Topics included his fondest memories of breaking into the team, his numerous achievements elsewhere, family life and what he hopes to achieve in his second spell with the club.
Supporters can read the article here, or watch the interview in full below.
Walcott stars in SAINTS All Saints Day edition
The annual All Saints Day edition of SAINTS is available to buy online now, with Theo Walcott the star attraction.
Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, skipper James Ward-Prowse and Saints legend Franny Benali also feature inside the matchday programme.
Each year, we remember players, staff, supporters, family members and loved ones connected to the club who have passed away in the previous 12 months with a designated tribute game, with space for every supporter message received over the last seven days.
Saints celebrate Black History Month
During 2020, Southampton FC embarked upon a project which began to take a deep-dive into the club’s extensive history, including revisiting the contribution made by the club’s first ever black player, Alf Charles, who was signed back in 1937.
Since then, more than 40 black players have represented Saints at first-team level, with Charles paving the way at a time where there was little black representation in the sport, and he remains a significant part of the club’s history.
In order to celebrate the contribution of black players over the years and across the various Southampton eras, the club has designed and installed a plaque at St Mary’s Stadium in memory of Alf Charles (pictured below).
Saints announce Sure as Official Training Kit Partner
Southampton Football Club is delighted to welcome Sure, Unilever’s market leading antiperspirant brand, as its new Official Training Kit Partner.
Over the course of the partnership, Sure will feature on all first team and B team training kit for the 2020/21 season, as well as having branding on in-stadia LEDs and media backdrops.
Sure has been delivering long-lasting protection against sweat and odour for over 50 years, and will be utilising its relationship with the club to continue inspiring people to move more at a time when physical and mental wellbeing plays a vital part in daily life.
Saints announce AI Sport as Official Partner
Southampton Football Club is delighted to welcome AI Sport as Official Partner after agreeing a one-year deal.
The Singapore-based sports data platform launched in 2020, using the latest AI technology to provide sports fans with key insights into sporting performance. Over the course of the partnership, AI Sport will have a presence on southamptonfc.com in support of the platform’s launch.
AI Sport’s platform uses historic and real-time data while leveraging technology to enable its customers to make smarter, faster, and more confident decisions on worldwide sports, including e-sports, football and basketball.