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90' + 7'
J. Grealish
Douglas Luiz
3 - 4
90' + 3'
O. Watkins
Penalty Goal
2 - 4
T. Mings
J. Grealish
1 - 4
D. Ings
S. Armstrong
0 - 4
J. Ward-Prowse
0 - 3

Match Stats

56% 44%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 10 4
Total Passes 371 312
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That's all from Villa Park, goodbye!
Southampton move up to third in the Premier League now, level on points with Everton in second who play Newcastle later today. Meanwhile, Aston Villa's back to back losses mean they drop to seventh in the table after six games. Southampton face Newcastle at home next weekend, whislt Villa travel to North London to take on Arsenal.
A late fight-back wasn't enough for the home side to take anything from this game as a spirited performance led by captain Ward-Prowse was enough for Saints to get the three points and make it five games unbeaten. Villa's poor first-half display left them chasing the game and despite a late flurry of goals from Mings, Watkins and Grealish, it wasn't enough to take a point for Dean Smith's side.
Douglas Luiz
90' + 7' A great switch by Luiz picks out Grealish and the captain fires in a strike at the near post.
J. Grealish
90' + 7' GOALLL! GREALISH GETS A THIRD! They couldn't, could they? Grealish drills a shot from distance inside the near post!
90' + 4' Since beating Liverpool 7-2 at home, Aston Villa have conceded 7 and scored 2 at Villa Park.
O. Watkins
Penalty Goal
90' + 3' GOALLL! Watkins calmly converts the penalty into the corner.
I. Diallo
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Diallo is booked for a poor challenge and gives away a penalty.
90' There will be six added minutes.
89' Douglas Luiz tries his luck from distance but McCarthy saves well and holds onto the ball.
87' Villa are still pushing to get something from this game but time is heavily against them with just a few minutes plus injury time to go.
S. Long
D. Ings
83' Ings is down receiving treatment.
83' Grealish finds Barkley free in the box but the loanee can't bring the ball under control and Saints clear the danger.
81' CLOSE! Mings goes close again with a headed attempt on target but McCarthy denies the Villans yet again.
I. Diallo
R. Bertrand
79' SUBSTITUTION: Bertrand OFF Diallo ON
77' Bertrand is down receiving treatment.
75' Villa win a corner with 15 minutes to go. Mings continues to drive forward from defence as they search for a way back into this game.
73' OFFSIDE! Ings has the ball in the back of the net but he's deemed to be offside. That's the second disallowed goal for Saints today.
72' 27 - Since the start of last season, only Jamie Vardy (29) has scored more Premier League goals than Danny Ings (27), while no player has scored more from outside the box than Ings (5) in this period. Dynamite.
69' WHAT A BLOCK! Vestergaar does absolutely brilliantly to put his body on the line and block a dangerous shot by Trezeguet at the back post. Villa are starting to threaten much more now.
Ahmed El Mohamady
M. Cash
67' SUBSTITUTION: Cash OFF El Mohamady ON
64' It's going to take a lot for Villa to get anything from this game but that goal gives them a glimmer of hope with 25 minutes left to play at Villa Park.
J. Grealish
62' Villa work the corner well and the ball comes back to Grealish who clips the ball into the box and Mings is there to flick the ball on into the far corner.
T. Mings
62' GOALLL! MINGS PULLS ONE BACK! The defender glances a header towards the far post and it finds its way into the net.
61' Villa win a corner after some good play from Grealish.
D. Ings
58' GOALLL! IT'S FOUR! Ings gets in on the act now with a top class finish to kill this game off. The Englishman cuts inside on his right foot and drills that ball into the top right corner.
S. Armstrong
58' A lovely pass from Armstrong finds Ings on the edge of the box and the star striker finishes so well past Martinez in off the crossbar.
55' Romeu has been rock solid in the Saints' midfield today. His workrate all game has been through the roof, intercepting dangerous attacks and distrubuting the ball to the attack brilliantly.
52' GREAT SAVE! McCarthy does even better this time to tip Grealish's header wide of the post! Two brilliant stops by the Saints 'keeper.
52' SAVE! McCarthy does brilliantly to save a powerful header from Trezeguet.
51' Southampton have come out firing in this half, pressing from the front and not giving Villa any chance to breathe and take time on the ball.
49' Ward-Prowse has now scored 8 PL direct free-kicks, the most in the competition for Southampton, over-taking Matt Le Tissier (7).
46' The second half is underway.
J. Stephens
J. Bednarek
46' SUBSTITUTION: Bednarek OFF Stephens ON
As it stands, Southampton will go third in the Premier League on the same points as Everton having play a game more than the Toffees. Meanwhile, Villa will drop to seventh after conceding six goals without reply in their last two games at Villa Park.
Three set-pieces. Three goals for the Saints. Poor defending from Villa has cost them and they have a long way back to get anything from this one. Ward-Prowse has been the man of the match so far. The birthday boy has two goals and an assist, leading his team to what will surely be a fifth win in a row.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: Aston Villa 0-3 Southampton
45' That is so poor from Cash giving away a free-kick right on the edge of his box. With a player like Ward-Prowse on the opposite team, you cannot be giving away cheap set pieces like that. What a free-kick from the Saints captain.
J. Ward-Prowse
M. Cash
Yellow Card
43' Cash goes into the book for handball right on the edge of the penalty box.
41' James Ward-Prowse has scored and assisted in the same PL game for the first time since February 2018 (v West Brom).
39' Ings tracks back and closes down a cross to deflect it behind for a corner. That's absolutely brilliant defending from Southampton's star striker. 
37' Grealish tries to whip a cross into Watkins but Vestergaard is there to clear the ball from any danger. Saints are defending very well towards the end of this half.
35' Two set-pieces. Two goals. The birthday boy has a goal and an assist and is helping his side run away with this one. Villa need to get Grealish and Watkins involved more if they're to have any chance of getting back into this game.
J. Ward-Prowse
33' GOALLL! WARD-PROWSE MAKES IT TWO! The set-piece specialist is at it again with an absolutely brilliant free-kick!
32' Southampton have a free-kick is a dangerous area. Ward-Prowse will surely fancy this one.
29' Traore is unable to continue and looks to be holding his groin. Trezeguet replaces him on the right-hand side.
B. Traoré
29' SUBSTITUTION: Traore OFF Trezeguet ON
28' Traore has just gone down with an injury after knocking the ball out of play.
26' 2 - Jannik Vestergaard has scored in each of his last two away games for Southampton in the Premier League, after netting none in his first 22 on the road in the competition. Treat.
24' Stephens is warming up just incase Bednarek needs to come off. It looked like the defender landed awkwardly as he challenged Watkins in the air. Romeu has dropped in to cover whilst Bednarek is off the pitch.
22' Bednarek is down receiving treatment after colliding with Watkins off the ball.
J. Ward-Prowse
20' Ward-Prowse whips in a brilliant free-kick from the wing and picks out the big Dane flying in at the back post!
J. Vestergaard
20' GOALLL! VESTERGAARD! The big defender rises highest at the back post and powers in a header into the top corner!
19' Saints are really threatening the Villa goal now having upped the tempo a bit more.
16' Watkins is causing a lot of problems for the Saints centre-backs with his movement and hold-up play.
14' Villa are finding their way back into this game after the early pressure from the visitors has worn off.
13' Barkley's free-kick is deflected over for a corner.
12' Villa have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
J. Ward-Prowse
Yellow Card
12' Ward-Prowse picks up a booking for a poor tackle.
9' Villa work the ball well around the Saints penalty box with Targett finding Grealish in the box, but his shot deflects wide for a corner.
7' Barkley puts the ball in the back of the net but the flag was already up against Grealish who just drifted offside in the build-up.
6' CLOSE! Walcott drives towards goal and flashes a shot just over the bar. Saints continue to threaten early on here.
4' DISALLOWED! VAR rules the goal out as Che Adams was in an offside position and deemed to be interfeering with play. Villa can count themselves very lucky after that decision.
3' GOAALLL! SAINTS LEAD! Konsa turns the ball into his own net after the defender fails to clear a dangerous corner from Ward-Prowse. VAR is checking this one for a potential offside.
2' Ings forces a corner to the away side.
2' Saints holding possession well so far.
1' We're underway at Villa Park.
The teams are making their way onto the pitch. We're moments away from kick-off.
Villa have picked up more points in their five games this season (12) than they managed in their final 14 games last term (10). Recovery.
Ralph Hassenhuttl also makes just one change from the side that eased past Everton last weekend with Walcott replacing Redmond on the wing. Star striker Danny Ings continues to lead the line for the Saints.
Villa boss, Dean Smith, makes just one change from the 3-0 loss to Leeds with Traore coming in for Trezeguet down the right-hand side. 
SUBSTITUTES: Fraser Forster, Jack Stephens, Dan Nlundulu, Ibrahima Diallo, Shane Long, Nathan Redmond, Moussa Djenepo.
SOUTHAMPTON XI (4-4-2): Alex McCarthy; Ryan Bertrand, Jannik Vestergaard, Jan Bednarek, Kyle Walker-Peters; Theo Walcott, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong; Che Adams, Danny Ings.
SUBSTITUTES: Jed Steer, Conor Hourihane, Trezeguet, Marvelous Nakamba, Bjorn Engels, Ahmed El Mohamady, Keinan Davis.
ASTON VILLA XI (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez; Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett; John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Ross Barkley; Bertrand Traore, Jack Grealish, Ollie Watkins.
Villa are looking to bounce back after their unbeaten start to the season was ended by Leeds last week. Meanwhile, Southampton are looking to continue their fine form having not lost in their last four games.
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