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Aston Villa v Southampton Live Commentary, 9/16/22

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J. Ramsey (41)
Villa Park


That's all for today, goodbye!
Aston Villa move into 13th place, still one spot behind Southampton. Gerrard's side will travel to Leeds in their next game after the international break while Southampton host Everton at the start of October.
The game started slowly for both teams as they struggled to find the quality needed in the final third to score a goal. Aston Villa slowly grew into the game and pushed for an opener while Southampton could not break down the home side's defence. The deadlock was broken just four minutes before the break and Ramsey put home the rebound from Watkins' header, with the ball striking the crossbar three times in the build-up. The second half was quiet from both sides with only one shot on target from either side. Ramsey almost scored a second but his shot was blocked well by Bella-Kotchap.
90' + 5' Armstrong wins the header from Ward-Prowse's cross, but he flicks his effort wide of the left post and out for a goal kick.
90' + 4' Southampton win a free-kick after McGinn fouls Armstrong in the Villa half.
90' + 2' Ings shoots from near the halfway line after Bazunu went forward for a corner, but his attempt is nowhere near the goal.
A. Young
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
90' + 1' Young goes into the referee's book after bringing down Edozie.
90' There will be a minimum of five additional minutes.
89' Martinez is back on his feet as the goalkeeper looks to finish the game on the pitch.
88' Martinez is receiving treatment on the pitch as he is down and holding his groin.
87' Villa work the ball well down the left-wing and Digne crosses the ball to Watkins, but Bella-Kotchap clears the ball to Young on the edge of the box. Young strikes the ball first time and fires wide of the goal.
85' Ings has scored four goals in the last three Premier League meetings between the Villans and Southampton at Villa Park, with just one of those coming for his current club.
D. Ings
Philippe Coutinho
Aston Villa
84' Ings replaces Coutinho in the Villa attack as they look to close off the game.
J. Ward-Prowse
Yellow Card
82' Ward-Prowse receives a yellow card for a poor and needless challenge.
81' McGinn and Djenepo clash on the pitch after they both went full throttle to protect the ball from each other.
S. Edozie
M. Elyounoussi
79' 19-year-old Edozie comes on for his second Premier League appearance as he replaces Elyounoussi.
77' Villa are continuing to press and are not slowing down at all when they carry it out. It is causing major issues to the likes of Ward-Prowse when trying to progress the ball forward.
75' Southampton are trying to push more players forward to give more options when attacking. They are getting closer but still can't find their way into the box.
73' Young takes a corner and crosses it towards Mings, but the defender cannot find a teammate with his header.
S. Armstrong
A. Armstrong
71' Armstrong replaces Armstrong in attack to add more energy to the frontline.
S. Mara
C. Adams
71' Mara replaces Adams in attack as Southampton look for an equaliser.
70' Play is halted in the 70th minute to pay respect to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
69' Coutinho tries to play Watkins through on goal, but the forward's touch goes straight into Salisu and then to Bazunu.
E. Buendía
L. Bailey
Aston Villa
67' Buendia replaces Bailey to add extra energy on the wings as Villa search for a second goal.
L. Dendoncker
J. Ramsey
Aston Villa
67' Dendoncker replaces Ramsey in the Villa midfield to add more defensive ability to stop any potential counter-attacks.
64' Villa are committing more players forward for their attacks as they sense a second goal which could take the game away from Southampton.
62' Southampton are slowing the game down to try and get a foothold in the match. They cannot find a way through the Villa players at the moment despite their half-time changes.
60' CHANCE! Bailey sends a cross to the back post where Watkins heads the ball to Mings in the six-yard box. Mings lays off Ramsey in a good position but Bella-Kotchap blocks his goal-bound shot.
J. Ramsey
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
58' Ramsey receives a yellow card after a poor challenge on Djenepo.
57' Southampton are really struggling to hold onto the ball and create an attack. Villa are pressing high up the pitch and regaining the ball in good positions.
54' Southampton are trying to be very patient when going forward but it is not working to their advantage. They cannot break Villa down and the hosts' are pressing quite high.
52' Villa find their feet in the second half and are enjoying more of the ball now. Coutinho and Bailey seem very lively going forward.
50' Adams tries his luck from almost 30-yards out, but his shot is wayward and goes out for a goal-kick.
48' Ward-Prowse shoots from outside of the box but Konsa blocks his effort. Southampton are starting well in this half.
46' The second half is underway!
Juan Larios
R. Perraud
46' Larios replaces Perraud, who was injured earlier in the game.
J. Aribo
I. Diallo
46' Aribo replaces Diallo as Southampton look to be more offensive.
Southampton are yet to have a shot on target in the game as they are finding it difficult to play around the Villa defence. They are lacking creativity in the attacking areas of the pitch and therefore losing possession in poor ways and making it easy for the hosts to regain the ball.
The game started slowly for both teams as they struggled to find the quality needed in the final third to score a goal. Aston Villa slowly grew into the game and pushed for an opener while Southampton could not break down the home side's defence. The deadlock was broken just four minutes before the break and Ramsey put home the rebound from Watkins' header, with the ball striking the crossbar three times in the build-up.
Philippe Coutinho
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
45' + 4' Coutinho receives the first yellow card of the game as he stops a Southampton counter-attack late on.
45' + 3' Coutinho's free-kick goes straight into the wall and appeals for a hand ball are quickly waved away by the referee.
45' + 2' Digne wins a free-kick in a dangerous position after Armstrong makes a clumsy challenge late in the half.
45' + 2' CLOSE! Luiz tries to score directly from a corner, something he has done twice already this season, but Bazunu tips it over the bar.
45' There will be a minimum of three added minutes.
Douglas Luiz
B. Kamara
Aston Villa
44' Luiz replaces Kamara in the midfield as the French international cannot carry on with the knock he picked up earlier in the game.
43' Southampton have conceded the first goal in each of their last five Premier League games but have only gone on to lose twice (1-0 to both Man Utd and Wolves). They came from two goals down to draw with Leeds, before picking up 2-1 victories over Leicester and Chelsea.
J. Ramsey
Aston Villa
41' GOALLL!!!!! 1-0 RAMSEY!!! Ramsey breaks the deadlock for Villa! Coutinho crosses the ball in following a short corner and Watkins forces Bazunu to tip his effort onto the bar. It bounces on the bar twice before falling to Ramsey, who finishes his chance.
40' CHANCE! Young delivers a deep cross to the back post and it goes over the head of Watkins, but Coutinho makes a late run and heads it towards goal. Bazunu turns it behind for a corner.
38' Southampton try to switch the play from one wing to the other, something they keep trying, but the pass is again under hit and Villa walk away with the ball.
36' Villa are growing more into the game as it goes on while Southampton slowly retreat towards their own goal. The quality in the final third still leaves something to be desired.
34' Coutinho spins his way around Ward-Prowse in the final third and works enough room to take on a shot from distance. He hits his effort too hard and it flies just over the bar.
32' Bailey beats Bella-Kotchap one-on-one with a good piece of skill and whips in a good cross. The ball finds its way to Watkins, whose cross leads to a corner.
31' Perraud is back on his feet and back onto the pitch as play resumes.
28' The referee stops play as the physios come on to treat Perraud, who is down with an ankle injury.
26' Salisu takes a long throw for Southampton and the ball reaches the edge of the box. It eventually falls to Ward-Prowse just outside the area, but Kamara blocks his shot from close range.
24' Digne crosses in a free-kick from near the halfway line but Mings flicks it onto Young behind him. Young controls the ball with his arm but Southampton win a free-kick.
22' Ramsey gives away a cheap foul after shoving Elyounoussi in the back near the halfway line.
20' Possession has been evenly split in the first 20 minutes of this game. Villa have been in possession for 51 per cent of the play.
18' Villa work their way into the box as Watkins plays Bailey into a good position, but the winger once again struggles to get past Perraud and Southampton win a goal kick.
16' Bailey tries to take on Perraud twice on the wing. The first attempt sees his pass intercepted by Salisu and the second ends swiftly as Armstrong helps his defender out to stop the winger.
14' Both sides are struggling to find the necessary quality in the final third to create a good scoring opportunity early on in this game.
12' Djenepo gets the better of Digne on the right-hand side and beats him for pace too. His cross to Adams in the box is put behind for a corner by Konsa. The set-piece leads to nothing.
10' Southampton win a free-kick on the right-wing and Ward-Prowse crosses it in, but the Villa defenders deal with the cross easily and clear any danger.
8' Southampton have their first spell of possession but are slow on the ball and cannot find their way through the Villa defence. Young wins the balls back for the hosts.
6' Young drills a low cross towards Watkins but Bella-Kotchap clears his lines and gives his side possession in the process.
4' Villa are first to take the ball down and control it for a considerable amount of time. They are pressing very high when they lose the ball too.
2' Bazunu kicks the ball out of play after good pressing from Watkins. Both sides are starting at a very high pace.
1' Adams gets the game underway!
The players are coming out of the tunnel and making their way onto the pitch!
Aston Villa have won two of their last three Premier League games against Southampton (L1), having won just one of their previous 11 against them (D3 L7).
Steven Gerrard brings in Coutinho and Young for Luiz and Cash while Ralph Hasenhuttl only makes one change as he starts Djenepo ahead of Aribo.
SUBS: Joe Aribo, Stuart Armstrong, Alex McCarthy, Sekou Mara, Samuel Edozie, Theo Walcott, Lyanco, Duje Caleta-Car, Juan Larios.
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Gavin Bazunu; Kyle Walker-Peters, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Mohammed Salisu, Romain Perraud; Ibrahima Diallo, James Ward-Prowse; Mohamed Elyounoussi, Moussa Djenepo, Adam Armstrong; Che Adams.
SUBS: Douglas Luiz, Morgan Sanson, Emiliano Buendia, Marvelous Nakamba, Leander Dendoncker, Robin Olsen, Danny Ings, Calum Chambers, Ludwig Augustinsson.
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez; Ashley Young, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne; John McGinn, Boubacar Kamara, Jacob Ramsey; Leon Bailey, Ollie Watkins, Philippe Coutinho.
Southampton have had a mixed start to the season, winning seven points in their opening six games. They beat Chelsea 2-1 in an impressive performance at St Mary’s, but they failed to build on the win after losing 1-0 to Wolves in their last game.
Aston Villa are winless in their last four league games and are currently 17th in the league standings. They did however gain a positive point against Manchester City and show they can perform at a high level this season despite only winning one of their opening six games.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Southampton.