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Played
September 22, 2012 3:00 PM BST
St. Mary's Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 30713‎
 
Darren Bent 36′
 
72′ (OG) Ciaran Clark
 
90+5′ (PG) Rickie Lambert
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Southampton 4-1 Aston Villa

Goals from Rickie Lambert, Nathaniel Clyne and Jason Puncheon saw Saints get their first points of the season after coming from behind against the Villans at St Mary's

By John Stammers at St Mary's

  • Paulo Gazzaniga
    7
    0
    3.00

    Paulo Gazzaniga

    Looked comfortable under the high ball and saved well from Bent just after the break. Maybe could have had more command over his box for the goal.

  • Nathaniel Clyne
    6
    0
    3.50

    Nathaniel Clyne

    Failed to get into the game in the first-half, and gave the ball away in the lead-up to Bent's goal. Switched to left-back at half-time, and took his goal well.

  • Maya Yoshida
    33
    0
    4.00

    Maya Yoshida

    Was very comfortable at centre-back, both in the air and on the ground. Wasn't afraid to bark orders at those in front when they gave it away and was composed when playing it out from the back.

  • Jose Rocha Fonte
    10
    1
    3.50

    Jose Rocha Fonte

    Made a brilliant recovery tackle on Bent after sloppy play from his midfielders, and also slid in to make a vital block on Lichaj's cross. Could have done better for Bent's goal, though.

  • Daniel Fox
    3
    2
    2.50

    Daniel Fox

    Looked solid at left-back, but maybe gave Lowton too much respect as he came forward. Replaced at half-time.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    4
    0
    2.50

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    Played some sloppy passes in Saints' poor spell in the latter stages of the first-half. Improved in the second when things were going well for Saints.

  • Steven Davis
    6
    0
    3.00

    Steven Davis

    Sometimes looked too slow on the ball when deep, shot wide with a decent opening early on. Always hard working though, replaced late on.

  • G. Ramírez
    14
    1
    3.50

    G. Ramírez

    Some flashes of brilliance, including the flick to set up Clyne's goal, but perhaps not quite enough for a £12 million signing. He is still adapting to the Premier League pace, though, and grew into the game in the second-half.

  • Adam Lallana
    14
    2
    4.00

    Adam Lallana

    Looked so dangerous when running with the ball, and his determination to win it back was also superb. Could have made another goal late on but wasted the chance.

  • Jason Puncheon
    5
    0
    4.00

    Jason Puncheon

    Got into numerous good positions but often wasted the final ball. However, took his goal incredibly coolly with his weaker foot, and went close just before that.

  • Rickie Lambert
    19
    1
    4.00

    Rickie Lambert Top of the Match

    Looked a bit off the pace in the first-half, but took his goal very well with a brilliant touch and powerful finish. Made no mistake from the spot, too.

Substitutions

  • Frazer Richardson
    4
    0
    3.00

    Frazer Richardson

    Replaced Fox at half-time, looked nervy with the ball at the back but grew into the game.

  • James Ward-Prowse
    4
    1

    James Ward-Prowse

    Came on late on for Davis

  • Emmanuel Mayuka
    30
    5
    3.50

    Emmanuel Mayuka

    Replaced Puncheon late on, got himself in a good position and might have scored had Lallana found him. Then won the penalty for the fourth.

  • Bradley Guzan
    1
    5
    2.50

    Bradley Guzan

    Very quiet first-half and couldn't do anything about any of the goals. Needlessly gave away the penalty in the last minute.

  • Ron Vlaar
    1
    4
    2.50

    Ron Vlaar

    Was booked for a trip on Lambert, looked solid in the first-half but couldn't deal with the fluidity in the second.

  • Ciaran Clark
    0
    4
    2.50

    Ciaran Clark

    Won his battle in the air with Lambert in the first-half, but was part of a defence that crumbled after the break.

  • Eric Lichaj
    1
    4
    3.00

    Eric Lichaj

    Unfortunate to see his cross blocked by Fonte when in a good position. Replaced by Bennett.

  • Matthew Lowton
    0
    4
    3.00

    Matthew Lowton

    Got forward well against Fox in the first-half, was forced back more in the second as Saints dominated.

  • Stephen Ireland
    0
    4
    3.00

    Stephen Ireland

    Showed some nice touches and played the ball in for Villa's goal, but replaced at half-time by Westwood.

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    0
    5
    2.50

    Karim El Ahmadi

    Grew into the first-half but wasn't tight enough in the second as Saints poured forward.

  • Brett Holman
    1
    4
    2.50

    Brett Holman

    Was decent in the first-half but, after losing Ireland, was part of a midfield that were out of the game in the second.

  • Barry Bannan
    1
    4
    3.00

    Barry Bannan

    Delivered some dangerous crosses and was a threat when Villa were on the front foot. Replaced late in the second-half.

  • Darren Bent
    2
    6
    3.00

    Darren Bent

    Instinctively took his goal, and was a threat in behind. However, he was poor at holding the ball up when Villa needed him to.

  • C. Benteke
    4
    4
    3.50

    C. Benteke

    Set-up Bent's goal with a nice nod down, and nearly scored himself. Looked Villa's most dangerous man. Good full debut.

Substitutions

  • Joseph Bennett
    0
    4
    2.50

    Joseph Bennett

    Came on for Lichaj and failed to deal with Saints' tricky front men, as they switched positions.

  • Ashley Westwood
    0
    3
    2.00

    Ashley Westwood Flop of the Match

    Replaced Ireland at half-time, was over-run in midfield as Saints improved.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    0
    4
    2.50

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Came on for Bannan with minimal effect, but the game was lost by then.

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