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Samatta’s Aston Villa lose against Djenepo’s Southampton

20:44 GMT+3 22/02/2020
Mbwana Samatta
The Tanzania international was in action as the Claret and Blue Army suffered their third consecutive defeat, this time against the Saints

Mbwana Samatta made his third Premier League appearance for Aston Villa in their 2-0 loss to Southampton on Saturday.

After making his debut for Villa in the League Cup game against Leicester City, the 27-year-old was also on parade against Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur.

At St. Mary's Stadium, the Tanzanian star was handed his fourth consecutive start by manager Dean Smith and but was unable to help the Claret and Blue Army from defeat.

Mali international Moussa Djenepo set up Shane Long in the eighth minute to open the scoring for the Saints before Stuart Armstrong sealed the victory with his stoppage-time effort.

Samatta featured for the duration of the game along with Djenepo while Egypt’s Trezeguet replaced Anwar El Ghazi in the 28th minute.

Zimbabwe international Marvelous Nakamba featured for 81 minutes while Ahmed Elmohamady was an unused substitute.

Despite the defeat, Aston Vila maintains their 17th spot in the Premier League table with 25 points from 27 games.

Samatta will hope to inspire Aston Villa back to winning ways when they take on Sheffield United on February 29.