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Armstrong stunner fires Saints past Villa

premier-league St Mary's Stadium | Fri 05 Nov 8PM | Attendance: 30,178
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SOU vs AVL
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SOU vs AVL As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Southampton claim victory over Aston Villa to secure back-to-back PL wins
  • Adam Armstrong fires Saints in front after just three minutes at St Mary's
  • Victory sees Saints move to twelfth in the Premier League
  • HALF TIME: Saints 1-0 Aston Villa

FULL TIME: Saints 1-0 Aston Villa 😇

The definition of a game of two-halves, Aston Villa truly came out fighting in the second but couldn't quite monopolise in front of goal. A huge three points for Saints who head into the international break with back-to-back wins. Adam Armstrong's goal was the only difference between the two sides as the referee blew the full time whistle. Come on you Saints!

+2’

McGinn launches goalwards

McGinn tries his luck from range but Lyanco is there to block for Saints. 

+1’

Yellow Card for Mohammed Salisu (Southampton)

Salisu is the latest to find himself in the book,

90’

Seven additional minutes ...

Seven. Minutes. 

89’

Another chance for Villa 

After a short break in play for Bednarek to receive treatment for a head injury, Villa restart the action and launch the ball into a packed penalty area. A lot of fumbling ensues but nobody is there to convert for the visitors. 

84’

Villa still fighting

Hesitation from the Saints defence on the half-way line sees Villa with the chance to head goalwards, eventually it's Watkins that releases a shot towards goal but to the relief of the Saints fans, it bounces low and wide. 

82’

Nice skill from Saints

A lovely back heel from Adams who finds the path of Broja, he fails to release the ball but it was a wonderful display of skill from the forward. 

80’

Southampton substitution: Armando Broja replaces Adam Armstrong

The goalscorer comes off as Broja is introduced to the game with ten minutes left to play. 

78’

Aston Villa substitution: Keinan Davis replaces Anwar El Ghazi

El Ghazi, who is already on a yellow card, is replaced by Davis with 12 minutes of the 90 left to play. 

76’

Southampton substitution: Ibrahima Diallo replaces Mohamed Elyounoussi

Hasenhüttl makes his second substitution of the evening. 

75’

McCarthy slips up

Nearly a catastrophic moment from McCarthy. He looks to clear the ball from his line but it heads straight into the path of a Villa player but he can't get it under control. A huge sigh of relief. 

74’

Saints hit the counter

Ward-Prowse finds Elyounoussi in space on the counter, he has Armstrong in support but Bailey gets there just in time to recover the ball for the visitors. 

70’

Aston Villa substitution: Cameron Archer replaces Emiliano Buendía

Archer comes on for an injured Buendia. 

67’

SAINTS CLOSE TO A SECOND

Inches away for Saints who nearly double their lead at St Mary's. Ward-Prowse fires in a delightful ball from the free-kick and finds the head of Ché Adams - his shot is on target but Martinez just gets his fingertips to it as it goes behind for a corner. 

67’

Yellow Card for Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa)

Tuanzebe in the books for a challenge on Adam Armstrong. 

65’

Bold from Bailey

Bailey stands over the free-kick with plenty of men in the box but he aims for goal and his shot flies well over the crossbar. 

63’

Aston Villa substitution: Jacob Ramsey replaces Marvelous Nakamba

First substitution of the night for Dean Smith. 

62’

Dangerous free-kick for Villa

It's a poor clearance from Salisu who sends the ball straight back into the path of Cash, he works his way forward but is brought down by Romeu and Villa are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position. 

62’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

Romeu gets a booking for a challenge on Cash. 

60’

Watkins hits the side netting

Buendia cuts in a wonderful reverse pass to Watkins who charges towards goal but it's a tight angle and his shot bounces off the side netting. 

Better from Saints

It seems as though Saints have weathered the storm after a blistering start to the second-half from Villa. 

56’

Southampton substitution: Lyanco replaces Stuart Armstrong

Ralph Hasenhüttl makes his first substitution of the game and it's a strong defensive move from the boss. 

52’

Villa looking dangerous

Buendia cuts the ball back to Mings on the edge of the area, his shot looks on target but it's deflected by Ward-Prowse as it flies over the crossbar and behind for a Villa corner. 

51’

Buendia strikes wide

Villa are a different side after the break, this time Buendia fires a shot towards goal from the edge of the box but it bounces just wide of McCarthy's goal. 

50’

Sloppy from Saints

Ward-Prowse loses the ball to Watkins who quickly finds the feet of Buendia but his shot fires wide. 

48’

El Ghazi comes close

El Ghazi launches an effort towards goal from 20-yards-out but McCarthy just gets his fingertips too it to nudge it over the post and behind for a corner. 

47’

Villa starting the second strong

Immediate chance from Villa as they search for a way back into this game. El Ghazi whips in a beautiful ball to Watkins but it's a touch too high and the ball eventually gets put behind for a corner. 

45’

Back under way 😇

Adam Armstrong gets things started in the second half. Come on you Saints!

HALF TIME: Saints 1-0 Aston Villa 😇

Friday night action has surpassed all expectations so far at St Mary's as an Adam Armstrong shot launched Saints ahead after just three minutes of play. It's been an energetic first-half for Saints who have looked to dominate much of the action. Big second-half on the way!

45’

Saints caught sleeping

Villa nearly caught Saints sleeping there. Saints initially clear the threat from Villa who work the ball into the area but a moment of confusion sees no Saints players head to retrieve the ball. 

43’

Romeu effort goes over 

Adams rolls the ball back to Romeu who launches a powerful shot towards Martinez but it flies over the crossbar and into the stands.

40’

Saints dominant

A lovely passage of play for Saints who look confident in control of the ball. That being said, Villa are giving the ball away a little too easily. 

33’

Ward-Prowse comes close

Ward-Prowse is the latest man to fire a shot goalwards, it's got a lot of power behind it but Martinez' outstretched arm sends the ball behind for another Saints corner. 

33’

Excellent from Adams 

Excellent work from Adams as he picks up the ball and charges down the pitch, he finds Livramento on the right who releases the ball into the box but it bounces off of the Villa defence and behind for a corner. 

28’

Villa looking for an equaliser

Bailey sends a ball into the box searching for Watkins but Bednarek is there to clear for Saints as the ball goes behind for a Villa corner. 

26’

Slick footwork from El Ghazi

Just moments after a call for a second yellow for bringing down Livramento, El Ghazi displays some superb footwork to work his way past Livramento and into the corner of the box. He releases a shot towards goal but his curling effort bounces wide of McCarthy and the post.

24’

Ward-Prowse sharp as ever from the set-piece 

Saints continue to maintain pressure as they look to extend their lead over Aston Villa. Ward-Prowse looking increasingly dangerous as he whips in the ball from a corner. Excellent start from the hosts. 

20’

Bailey tries his luck

The opening 20 minutes have been largely dominated by Saints here at St Mary's. Villa finally see some of the ball and head towards goal as Bailey tries his luck from distance.

18’

Another opportunity for Saints 

Romeu sends a lovely ball to Walker-Peters on the left, he releases Elyounoussi but Mings is there to make a vital interception for the visitors. 

14’

Saints looking dangerous

Another Ward-Prowse corner is hauled into this box, this time it's Salisu who meets the end of it but his effort goes wide. 

12’

Yellow Card for Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa)

El Ghazi finds himself in the book for a late challenge on Livramento. 

These guys ❤️

9’

Stuart Armstrong fires over

James Ward-Prowse loops in the ball from the corner before finding the head of Watkins but he can only clear as far as Stuart Armstrong who is unmarked at the far post. The Scot can't get the ball under control and his effort bounces well over. 

7’

Villa looking for an opening

Two attempts in quick succession for Villa who search for a way back into this game. McGinn makes a good connection with the ball but his shot fires over. It's been a blistering start from Saints 

GOALSCORER 9 Adam Armstrong

ADAM ARMSTRONG YOU BEAUTY

An absolutely phenomenal strike from Adam Armstrong who puts Saints ahead after just three minutes of action at St Mary's. It looked as though Saints had lost possession but Ward-Prowse recovers the ball in the centre of midfield and launches it forward, it bounces off of Cash and straight into the path of Adam Armstrong who fires a sublime shot into the back of the net. 

2’

GOOOAL!!!

Adam Armstrong (2’) | 1 0

0’

And we're off 🚀

The visitors gets us under way at St Mary's. 

Friday night's at St Mary's ❤️

19.50

Aston Villa line-up confirmed

Starting XI: Martinez, Cash, Tuanzebe, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Nakamba, Bailey, Buendia, El Ghazi, Watkins.

Subs: Steer, Hause, A Young, J Ramsey, Carney Chukwuemeka, A Ramsey, Philogne-Bidace, Archer, Davis. 

19.26

😇📸

A busy week of preparations at Staplewood as Ralph Hasenhüttl's men look to make it two on the bounce ✌️

19.24

SAINTS TEAM CONFIRMED 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, S Armstrong, Elyounoussi, Adams, A Armstrong. 

Subs: Forster, Lyanco, Perraud, Diallo, Djenepo, Tella, Walcott, Long, Broja. 

19.05

Watford 0-1 Saints 😇

Saints head into tonight's clash full of energy as they claimed victory on the road at Watford last time out. Can they maintain momentum in front of a St Mary's crowd under the lights?

18.18

there is no panic, we're in control and determined to put things right. there has been a reaction from all the players because they are disappointed with the results."

dean smith
on his side looking to bounce back
18.00

STAT ATTACK 🔢

James Ward-Prowse has been involved in more Premier League goals against Aston Villa than he has versus any other side. [2 goals, 3 assists]

17.45

it's important that we know that games against teams that are struggling a little are even more difficult because they only need a few positive moments to get in a good rhythm."

ralph hasenhüttl
on facing aston villa
17.32

MATCH PACK: Saints vs Villa

Find out all the pre-match stats and facts ahead of tonight's kick off with our Match Pack.

17.16

FLASHBACK: Aston Villa 3-4 Saints 

Taking it back to November 2020 when Saints came out of top of a seven goal thriller at Villa Park. More of the same tonight?

17.06

Welcome back to St Mary's 😇

Southampton return to Premier League action as they take on Aston Villa at St Mary's. Saints go in search of consecutive wins after claiming victory over Watford on the road last week while Villa will be looking to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat to West Ham at Villa Park. Can Saints claim victory under the lights? 

09.20

SOU vs AVL Line Ups

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
22
Mohammed Salisu yellow card
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
21
Valentino Livramento
35
Jan Bednarek
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
24
Mohamed Elyounoussi
replace Ibrahima Diallo (76′)
6
Oriol Romeu yellow card
17
Stuart Armstrong
replace Lyanco (56′)
9
Adam Armstrong goal
replace Armando Broja (81′)
10
Che Adams
18
Armando Broja
44
Fraser Forster
23
Nathan Tella
27
Ibrahima Diallo
7
Shane Long
4
Lyanco
15
Romain Perraud
32
Theo Walcott
19
Moussa Djenepo

Aston Villa

1
Emiliano Martínez (GK)
2
Matthew Cash
3
Matt Targett
16
Axel Tuanzebe yellow card
5
Tyrone Mings (C)
10
Emiliano Buendía
replace Cameron Archer (71′)
21
Anwar El Ghazi yellow card
replace Keinan Davis (79′)
19
Marvelous Nakamba
replace Jacob Ramsey (63′)
31
Leon Bailey
7
John McGinn
11
Ollie Watkins
30
Kortney Hause
40
Aaron Ramsey
18
Ashley Young
39
Keinan Davis
32
Jaden Philogene-Bidace
33
Carney Chukwuemeka
41
Jacob Ramsey
35
Cameron Archer
12
Jed Steer

SOU vs AVL Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Aston Villa
  • Possession (%)
    56
    comparison angle
    44
  • Shots
    9
    comparison angle
    14
  • Shots on target
    3
    comparison angle
    3
  • Corners
    10
    comparison angle
    8
  • Passes Complete
    347
    comparison angle
    234

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
1
Adam Armstrong
Adam Armstrong
shots on target
Shots On Target
1
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
chances created
Chances Created
4
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
passes completed
Passes Completed
52
Mohammed Salisu
Mohammed Salisu
tackles
Tackles
4
Tino Livramento
Tino Livramento
clearances
Clearances
6
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
saves
Saves
3
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy