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Played
January 12, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ M. Halsey‎
Attendance:‬ 32500‎
 
 
Rickie Lambert 34′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton

Jason Puncheon was the stand out player for the visitors as they earned a much needed three points against Paul Lambert's side, whose left-back Enda Stevens struggled throughout

By Nicholas McGee at Villa Park

  • Bradley Guzan
    2
    3
    2.50

    Bradley Guzan

    Made a range of good stops to prevent Southampton from adding to their lead but could do nothing to stop Lambert's penalty despite guessing the right way.

  • Ciaran Clark
    1
    6
    2.00

    Ciaran Clark

    Struggled to deal with Lambert and Rodriguez and was often caught out of position as the Villa defence failed to handle Saints' counterattacking style.

  • Enda Stevens
    1
    6
    1.00

    Enda Stevens Flop of the Match

    Gave away the penalty that led to the goal and endured a torrid afternoon at the hands of the excellent Puncheon.

  • Nathan Baker
    3
    4
    1.50

    Nathan Baker

    Headed against the bar from a corner late on, struggled defensively but was no more to blame than any of his team-mates.

  • Matthew Lowton
    0
    5
    1.50

    Matthew Lowton

    Much like his full-back on the other side of the defence, Lowton had a poor afternoon and was constantly beaten down the left by Luke Shaw.

  • Charles N'Zogbia
    0
    4
    2.00

    Charles N'Zogbia

    Created very little before eventually being substituted in favour of Gabriel Agbonlahor.

  • Brett Holman
    2
    2
    2.50

    Brett Holman

    Was strong in possession and did provide a goal threat from midfield for the hosts. Brought off at half-time and replaced by Barry Bannan.

  • Ashley Westwood
    3
    3
    2.00

    Ashley Westwood

    The young midfielder failed to make much of an impact from an attacking perspective and found himself overrun by a fast counterattacking Southampton side. Was eventually replaced by Jordan Bowery.

  • Fabian Delph
    2
    2
    2.50

    Fabian Delph

    Delph was one of Villa's better players, the former Leeds man helped spread the play and played one superb ball to Holman in the first-half.

  • C. Benteke
    5
    3
    3.00

    C. Benteke

    Benteke squandered a number of chances to equalise for Villa, the Belgian was the only player from the home side who looked like scoring.

  • Andreas Weimann
    1
    2
    2.50

    Andreas Weimann

    A little quieter than fans have been used to seeing in recent weeks, Weimann did not produce much from an attacking standpoint and may be disappointed with his afternoon's work.

Substitutions

  • Barry Bannan
    1
    2
    3.00

    Barry Bannan

    Brought on for Brett Holman at half-time and did provide good service for Benteke with his excellent delivery. Bannan was energetic in midfield can take heart from a decent display.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    0
    4
    2.50

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Replaced the ineffective Charles N'Zogbia but failed to add anything going forward as Villa laboured in their efforts to level the game.

  • Jordan Nathaniel Bowery
    0
    2
    2.50

    Jordan Nathaniel Bowery

    Bowery came on for Ashley Westwood in the second half, and was able to distribute possession well, pushing further up as Villa pressed late on.

  • Artur Boruc
    49
    0
    3.00

    Artur Boruc

    Made a number of fine saves to keep Villa at bay in the closing stages as the visitors' defence began to wilt.

  • Nathaniel Clyne
    4
    2
    3.00

    Nathaniel Clyne

    Clyne was excellent defensively for the most part, and did offer a threat down the right flank, combing well with Jason Puncheon.

  • Maya Yoshida
    8
    4
    2.50

    Maya Yoshida

    The Japanese international was composed for much of the afternoon, but did struggle to deal with the significant aerial threat of Benteke.

  • Jos Hooiveld
    4
    2
    2.50

    Jos Hooiveld

    Much like his central defensive partner, Hooiveld had difficulties in keeping Benteke quiet, but overall this was a decent showing from the Dutchman.

  • Luke Shaw
    16
    0
    3.50

    Luke Shaw

    Shaw was undoubtedly one of the best players on the pitch, defending excellently and providing a constant outlet down the left. The promising left-back's afternoon was brought to an end when he was stretchered off in the second half.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    4
    2
    2.50

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    The Frenchman was a stalwart in midfield for the Saints, providing a strong barrier in front of the defence and distributing possession well whenever possible.

  • G. Ramírez
    6
    3
    2.00

    G. Ramírez

    A poor showing from Ramirez, who in comparison to the likes of Puncheon and Rodriguez had little impact on the game.

  • Jack Cork
    2
    2
    2.50

    Jack Cork

    This was another strong showing from the highly rated Cork, who was efficient with the ball, helping Southampton to control matters for much of the afternoon.

  • Jason Puncheon
    16
    1
    4.00

    Jason Puncheon Top of the Match

    Puncheon produced an outstanding display, creating several chances and service for Lambert and Rodriguez. Unlucky not to score as he hit the post midway through the second half.

  • Rickie Lambert
    10
    1
    3.50

    Rickie Lambert

    Was not able to fashion too many goalscoring opportunities but dispatched his penalty with consummate ease. His reputation at the top level continues to grow.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    6
    1
    3.00

    Jay Rodriguez

    Won the penalty which led to the goal and also had a decent effort well saved by Guzan in the first period.

Substitutions

  • Daniel Fox
    3
    1
    2.50

    Daniel Fox

    Came on for Ramirez in an effort to protect Southampton's lead and did his job reasonably well.

  • Steven Davis
    2
    1
    2.50

    Steven Davis

    Brought on for Puncheon as Southampton looked to shore things up but struggled to do so as Villa peppered the Saints' goal.

  • Steve de Ridder
    2
    1
    2.50

    Steve de Ridder

    Introduced late on for the injured Shaw but had little time to make an impact on the game.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2