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Ward-Prowse stars with the dead ball in win at Villa

premier-league Villa Park | Sun 01 Nov 12PM | Attendance: 0
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AST vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Full-Time: Villa 3-4 Saints
  • Danny Ings gets Saints fourth before Villa strike three times
  • Ward-Prowse celebrates his birthday with two quality free-kicks
  • Jannik Vestergaard heads Saints into the lead.
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Which goal was your favourite this afternoon?

Which goal was your favourite this afternoon?

The results so far:

  • Jannik Vestergaard
    8%
  • James Ward-Prowse - Free-Kick one
    12%
  • James Ward-Prowse - Free-Kick two
    38%
  • Danny Ings
    42%

An action packed Match Report

Read all about the seven goal thriller at Villa Park in our match report right HERE 

Four outstanding goals!

it was a highlight reel at Villa Park this afternoon for Saints as all four goals were taken well. Ward-Prowse probably edges it with one of his free-kicks but which one?

Saints up to third!

After that 4-3 win, Saints move up to 3rd place in the Premier League table! Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has done some job to mastermind a five game unbeaten run after Saints slow start to the season!

Danny Ings comes off injured

The only worry from today's game is that Danny Ings came off with five minutes left after injuring himself by getting his foot stuck in the ground. Let's hope he is okay,..

😇 Full-Time: Villa 3-4 Saints 😇

That didn't end the way Saints would have wanted but it was a Sunday lunch with all the trimmings! Three second half goals from Villa mean Saints don't run out comfortable winners.


A bullet header from Jannik Vestergaard started the goal rush and birthday boy James Ward-Prowse added two free-kicks to give Saints a 3-0 lead at the break. Danny Ings made it 4-0 before Villa scored those three goals.

A fine finish

Grealish shoots low and hard and wrong foots McCarthy to make it 4-3....

+6’

GOAL

Jack Grealish (+6’) | 3 4

+5’

Grealish is on his own...

The Captain gets free on the right side of the Saints defence, cuts in but is unable to trouble McCarthy in what might be the last chance for Villa to really put the scares into Saints...

Watkins pulls another one back

Watkins sends McCarthy the wrong way as Villa reduce the deficit to two. 

+1’

GOAL

Ollie Watkins (+1’) | 2 4

+1’

It's a penalty to Villa!

A yellow card goes up for Ibrahima Diallo as he tries to stop Jack Grealish but misses the ball and takes down the Villa Captain. 

90’

Six added minutes

Saints have six more minutes to play here at Villa Park...

85’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Danny Ings

Lets hope he's okay, Danny Ings goes off injured after getting his foot caught under him. It looked nasty but lets hope it's not as he walks off the pitch by himself. 

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Saints staying tight at Villa Park

It's been a tough half for Saints who have had to defend well to keep the chances to a premium for Aston Villa.


Although Saints have four goals, it's been more that we have taken the chances when they have come. With under 10 minutes left you'd think the three points are safe here at Villa Park.

80’

McCarthy pushes it over

Tyrone Mings gets on the end of the corner but McCarthy pushes it over although it looked to be heading safely over the bar anyway...

79’

Southampton substitution: Ibrahima Diallo replaces Ryan Bertrand

Bertrand comes off with an injury and is replaced by Diallo as Captain James Ward-Prowse moves into left-back. 

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😍

Lots of love for this picture as Danny Ings gave Saints a 4-0 lead...

77’

McCarthy denies Trézéguet again!

It's been a strong second half from the Saints number one who keeps getting the better of substitute Trézéguet as he keeps it out once again. The shot comes in from the 6 yard box, down into the ground and McCarthy times his jump well to push it over the bar.

73’

Ingsy scores! But it's offside.

These chances will start coming now for Saints. It's a great finish from Danny Ings as he chips it over the on-rushing Martinez but he is easily offside.

71’

McCarthy keeps Villa out again

Trézéguet gets on the end of a hanging cross from Targett but his effort is straight at McCarthy. Villa playing high up the pitch looking for that second goal to give them a glimpse of getting back into this one.

That Ingsy curl...

Ward-Prowse has been all about the curl this afternoon and now it's Ingsys turn. His delightful fourth goal curled high into the corner to give Saints, at that point, a four goal cushion.


It's now down to three with 20 minutes to go at Villa Park.

68’

Villa playing on the front foot

Saints are having to defend well here as Villa pile on the pressure. They haven't created any clear chances but they are moving it around at pace, looking for that second goal.

66’

Aston Villa substitution: Ahmed Eissa El Mohamady Abdel Fattah replaces Matthew Cash

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Villa get one back

Jack Grealish is the provider as his little dink cross finds Tyrone Mings who gets in front of Vestergaard to direct a simple header past McCarthy. 

61’

GOAL

Tyrone Mings (61’) | 1 4

GOALSCORER 9 Danny Ings

INGSY IN THE GOALS!

IT'S FOUR FOR SAINTS! Picking the best goal from this game is going to be hard! Ings gets the ball from Stuart Armstrong and he curls one from the edge of the area over the keeper, clips the underside of the bar and into the top corner. 


That's the three points surely...

57’

GOOOAL!!!

Danny Ings (57’) | 0 4

56’

Close from Armstrong!

Ché Adams plays in Stuart Armstrong who under pressure quickly gets a shot away. He looks for curl but it's not enough as it bends wide of the Villa goal. First chance of the half for Saints. 

Key saves from McCarthy

How crucial could those two saves be to ensure Villa don't get back in this game early in the second half?

52’

Two saves from McCarthy!

Grealish delivers the cross in and Trézéguet at the back post meets it with his head but McCarthy pushes it away!


Moments later, it's Grealish on the end of the cross as he heads down and our Number One pushes it away again to safety. 

50’

Scrappy start

Both side passing at pace, Villa obviously wanting to push to get an early goal but neither able to put their stamp on this half yet.

A happy man...

Wonder what Ralph Hasenhüttl said at half time? Definitely will be hoping for more of the same to extend this unbeaten run to five.

HT

Southampton substitution: Jack Stephens replaces Jan Bednarek

Bednarek fell funny in that first half but did continue. However, Stephens has come on to replace the Polish centre-back.

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Second half underway!

It's now all about leaving Villa Park with the three points as Saints find themselves in a commanding position! 45 minutes to go for Saints to hold on and go third in the Premier League table! Unless we can get another two goals which means we'd leapfrog Everton into second on goal difference! 

The golf swing! 🏌️‍♂️

For his second free-kick, James Ward-Prowse brought out the golf swing as he made it three goals in two games! 

Ward-Prowse celebrates

If you haven't seen those free-kicks, make sure you do later. it's technique at its best. The Captain has clearly been the man of the first half here as Saints score all three of their goals from set-pieces with Prowsey involved in all three. 

Half-Time: Villa 0-3 Saints

My word what a half from Saints. This team is flying at the moment and long may it continue. Vestergaard headed us ahead but the story is all about James Ward-Prowse.


The skipper and birthday boy has scored two delightful free-kicks from close range that had loop, bend and speed to get past Martinez in the Villa goal. What a first half as Saints march on here! 

GOALSCORER 8 James Ward-Prowse

HE'S DONE IT AGAIN!

This is ridiculous. Put a ball down anywhere near the goal and Ward-Prowse will score from the dead ball! It's closer to goal, harder to get up and down but he does. Matt Cash tried his best to stop Saints making it three but it didn't work. 

44’

GOOOAL!!!

James Ward-Prowse (44’) | 0 3

43’

Yellow Card for Matthew Cash (Aston Villa)

It's a handball from the defender and is lucky to be just outside the area. The cross comes in and if he misses, Walcott is in and free to score. He handles it and sets up Ward-Prowse for another free kick in a similar position...

That moment.

it's at this moment that you knew Saints were about to go 2-0 up thanks to James Ward-Prowse...

41’

Five minutes to go

Saints will be wanting to keep Villa at bay in this final few minutes as goals before half-time have made a big difference in the second half in both a positive and negative way this season. 

GOALSCORER 8 James Ward-Prowse

JUST INCREDIBLE!

It's almost laughable at how good Prowsey is from a dead-ball situation! He lifts it with ease over the wall and Martinez in the Villa goal is doing nothing about that! 


Happy Birthday Skipper! A goal and an assist in the opening half an hour! 

32’

GOOOAL!!!

James Ward-Prowse (32’) | 0 2

32’

Walcott wins free-kick

It's in a great position. Walcott pushes centrally towards goal and he is brought down by Douglas Luiz as he rushes onto the edge of the area. Ward-Prowse territory for sure...

28’

Aston Villa substitution: Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan replaces Bertrand Traoré

Trézéguet replaces Bertrand Traore who has gone off with an injury.

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24’

Chance for Traore!

A free-kick routine is worked and pulled back to Bertrand Traore who shoots low but it goes wide of Alex McCarthy in the Saints goal.

What a season so far for Vestergaard!

A second goal in three games for the Big Dane has put Saints ahead here at Villa Park! The defender has really been key to Saints season turning around from that slow early start.

GOALSCORER 4 Jannik Vestergaard

THE BIG DANE DOES IT AGAIN!!!

NO VAR NEEDED THIS TIME. That free-kick from Ward-Prowse finds Vestergaard who attacks with power and heads it in like a bullet to put Saints ahead! What an emphatic goal.

19’

GOOOAL!!!

Jannik Vestergaard (19’) | 0 1

19’

Saints free-kick

James Ward-Prowse plays in Kyle Walker-Peters on the overlap and as he crosses, the right back is brought to ground to win a free-kick near the linesman.

Neither side taking control

Both teams here are struggling to keep possession for an extended period with the ball changing sides in midfield. Saints currently have a throw-in keep into Aston Villa territory...

📸 The early disallowed goal

Here is a look from our photographers viewpoint of that own goal that was disallowed by VAR after just three minutes due to Ché Adams being marginally offside.

12’

Yellow Card for James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Villa win a free-kick in a good position, on the left hand side of the area, about 25 yards out but Barkley's effort hits the wall and goes out for a corner.

10’

Good work by Villa

Matt Targett and Jack Grealish work well together and the latter goes for a shot but it's deflected out for a corner. Grealish delivers the corner but it's cleared safely.

Promising start from Saints!

Saints thought they had made the perfect start here at Villa Park as Konsa scored an own goal from a corner. Ché Adams elbow though was deemed to be offside by the VAR. 


Walcott follows up moments later with an effort that goes narrowly over the bar. 

5’

VAR Decision: Goal not awarded for Southampton [Ché Adams] was cancelled

It's offside by the smallest of margins. Those VAR lines are back out and Ché Adams elbow is just offside...so close but that's the decision.

3’

OWN GOAL!

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (3’) | 0 1

2’

Saints with possession

The away side are keeping hold of the ball well and eventually work an opening as Danny Ings gets in behind but his cross is blocked by Tyrone Mings for a corner.

We're underway!

Saints kick us off here courtesy of Stuart Armstrong. Come on you Saints!

12.01

Kick off is upon us.

Will Saints make it five unbeaten? Can we break into the top three? 

12.00

Minutes Silence

A minutes silence is being held at Villa Park for Remembrance Sunday and for World Cup winner Nobby Stiles who passed away this week,

12.00

The players are out!

The two teams are out at Villa Park ahead of kick off and are now lining up in the customary manner.

11.57

Adams backed to be first goalscorer

41% of you have backed Ché Adams to be our first goal scorer today against Aston Villa! The striker does have two goals and two assists in as many games...

11.42

Warm-ups at Villa Park

The Saints players are out on the pitch getting ready for the 12pm kick off here! Those matchday nerves are starting to grow now...

11.39
VOTE NOW
First goalscorer against Aston Villa?

First goalscorer against Aston Villa?

The results so far:

  • Danny Ings
    33%
  • Ché Adams
    41%
  • Theo Walcott
    13%
  • Stuart Armstrong
    10%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    3%
  • Other
    0%

Saints to win! 

83% of you who took our poll are hoping to see scenes like this come full-time today and for the unbeaten run to be extended to five! 😁 

11.21

The matchday scene

The sun is shining at Villa Park, the location for Saints next Premier league fixture. You can follow todays game here, on our social media channels or watch on Sky Sports Box Office for £14.95.

11.12

Villa Starting Eleven

Starting XI: Emiliano Martinez, Matt Cash, Tyrone Mings, Ezri Ngoyo Konsa, Matt Targett, John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Ross Barkley, Jack Grealish, Bertrand Traoré, Ollie Watkins. 

Subs: Jed Steer, Conor Hourihane, Trézéguet, Marvelous Nakamba, Bjorn Engels, Ahmed El Mohamady, Keinan Davis

11.03

Walcott returns, Redmond drops to the bench

Theo Walcott starts after missing out against Everton last week with Nathan Redmond having to settle for a place on the bench. Moussa Djenepo is fit enough to take his place in what is a packed substitutes bench! 

11.02

😇 Saints Starting Eleven 😇

Starting XI: Alex McCarthy, Kyle Walker-Peters, Jannik Vestergaard, Jan Bednarek, Ryan Bertrand, Theo Walcott, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong, Ché Adams, Danny Ings.


Subs: Fraser Forster, Jack Stephens, Ibrahima Diallo, Moussa Djenepo, Nathan Redmond, Shane Long, Dan N'Lundulu.

11.00

Saints Live - The Pre Match Show!

Join the Saints Live team across our social media channels for the build-up and team news before today's game! 


You can watch on FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE or TWITTER

10.47

Todays Opponents

Aston Villa have started the season with a bang, including that 7-2 win against Liverpool! However, their unbeaten start came to an end last weekend at the hands of Leeds United.


With new signings like Ross Barkley and Ollie Watkins joining Jack Grealish, the Villa side is a stronger one than last season when they finished 17th, just one point above the relegation zone.

10.22

Match Pack

Get all the key information you need ahead of today's game in our Match Pack, in association with etoro...


10.13

Four Unbeaten! 👊

Burnley, West Brom, Chelsea, Everton, Aston Villa?


Can Saints make it five unbeaten today? In those four games they have kept three clean sheets and scored eight goals! 

10.10
VOTE NOW
Can Saints make it five games unbeaten today?

Can Saints make it five games unbeaten today?

The results so far:

  • Yes - Three points in the bag!
    83%
  • Yes - But with a draw.
    13%
  • No - The run will come to an end.
    4%

Team News at 11am

Will Ralph stick or twist with his lineup after the 2-0 win against Everton? 

09.57

May 2015: Saints 6-1 Aston Villa

And this game always gets a mention whenever we face today's opponents! That three minute hat-trick from Sadio Mane! 😍

09.43

April 2016: Aston Villa 2-4 Saints

In Saints last two trips to Villa Park, we have scored seven goals! Here's four of those from April 2016...

09.40

🎥 December 2019 - Aston Villa 1-3 Saints

Christmas last year was a memorable time for Saints. The Premier League resurgence continued at Villa Park with two goals from Danny Ings and a header from Jack Stephens!

09.37

Villa Rewind! ⏮

Saints have a good recent record against todays opponents and are unbeaten against the Midlands club in their last eight encounters with five wins and three draws!


Let's take a look at some of those wins!  

09.35

Happy Birthday Skipper! 🎁

I wonder if James Ward-Prowse will get any golf related presents today? 🤔


Anyway, Happy 26th Birthday to Prowsey! Hopefully he'll be celebrating later with three more points!

09.12

Thumbs up if you're back...👍

Theo Walcott is available for today's game after missing the 2-0 win against Everton due to the terms of his loan deal.


Moussa Djenepo, Will Smallbone and Mohammed Salisu will all be sitting out today, although the trio are back in training. 

You can read more about our team news HERE.

09.07
Southampton FC

Time to get to 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐊 👊 #saintsfc

09.03

📰 Press Conference Round-Up

You can also check out more of what Ralph Hasenhüttl had to say ahead of today's lunchtime kick off in our round-up.


You can read that HERE.

09.01

we want to build up from the level we are at because everything isn't perfect.

ralph hasenhüttl
manager
08.59

🎥 Get the lowdown from the Boss

Get all the latest thoughts from manager Ralph Hasenhüttl ahead of our Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

08.57

Matchday! 😁

Welcome to matchday number seven! Today sees Saints on the road to Birmingham to face Aston Villa! 🚌


It was a great October with two wins and a draw leaving us in 10th place, sitting just six points off the leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.

But, what does November have in store starting with todays game at Villa Park? 

08.56

AST vs Saints Line Ups

Aston Villa

26
Emiliano Martínez (GK)
18
Matt Targett
4
Ezri Konsa Ngoyo
5
Tyrone Mings goal
2
Matthew Cash yellow card
replace Ahmed El Mohamady (67′)
6
Douglas Luiz
15
Bertrand Traoré
replace Trézéguet (29′)
10
Jack Grealish (C) goal
20
Ross Barkley
7
John McGinn
11
Ollie Watkins goal
27
Ahmed El Mohamady
14
Conor Hourihane
12
Jed Steer
22
Björn Engels
17
Trézéguet
19
Marvelous Nakamba
39
Keinan Davis

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
3
Ryan Bertrand
replace Ibrahima Diallo (79′) yellow card
35
Jan Bednarek
replace Jack Stephens (45′)
4
Jannik Vestergaard goal
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
8
James Ward-Prowse (C) yellow card goal goal
32
Theo Walcott
17
Stuart Armstrong
6
Oriol Romeu
10
Che Adams
9
Danny Ings goal
replace Shane Long (85′)
44
Fraser Forster
27
Ibrahima Diallo
7
Shane Long
12
Moussa Djenepo
5
Jack Stephens
40
Daniel N'Lundulu
11
Nathan Redmond

AST vs Saints Match Stats

Aston Villa

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    56
    comparison angle
    44
  • Shots
    19
    comparison angle
    9
  • Shots on target
    10
    comparison angle
    4
  • Corners
    11
    comparison angle
    1
  • Passes Complete
    276
    comparison angle
    216

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
2
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
shots on target
Shots On Target
2
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
chances created
Chances Created
2
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
passes completed
Passes Completed
33
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
tackles
Tackles
4
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
clearances
Clearances
8
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
saves
Saves
7
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy