Premier League

  • Oriol Romeu 73’
  • 44’ J. Lescott
0 Half Time 1
Premier League
St. Mary's Stadium
Attendance 29,645


    • KICK OFF
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      CLOSE! A great effort from Long, who checks in from the left before drilling an effort at goal from distance that ripples the side netting. We're into added time on top of stoppage time now...
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      SI G. Agbonlahor SO J. Veretout
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      The Colombian gets back to his feet, but he has to be replaced, with Gabriel Agbonlahor the player to come on for the final minute or so...
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      Another long stoppage now, as Sanchez - who has put in a fantastic display at the heart of Villa's midfield - receives treatment for an apperent head injury after he had collided with Romeu.
    • 90'
      Ward-Prowse drills in the cross, and Lescott heads it away. It falls to Pelle, but his volley is shanked over the bar.
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      Well that's all from us for today, as Southampton were held to a 1-1 draw by Aston Villa. Until next time, thank you and goodbye!
    • 0'
      The draw sees Koeman's side end a three-match losing streak, though they drop down two places to 12th, with Watford having beaten Norwich. Villa remain bottom, four points behind Newcastle and Bournemouth.
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      It was a performance that Remi Garde can be proud of from his Villa side. Southampton were by no means at their best, but still threatened, and the visitors showed a fantastic togetherness to emerge with what could prove to be a vital point.
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      FULL-TIME! Anthony Taylor blows his whistle for the final time, and it has finished 1-1! What an important result this could be for Villa, who are fully deserving of the point!
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      Koeman faces a tough task now. His side have no doubt being the better side, but Villa will likely sit deep and look to play on the counter in the second period, with the pace of Ayew and Sinclair in the wide areas having already proved a threat in the closing stages of the first half.
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      Villa's goal has certainly come against the run of play, but Southampton can only have themselves to blame. They have been wasteful in front of goal, and one momentary lapse of concentration at the other end has allowed the visitors to take the advantage.
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      HALF-TIME! What a finish to the first half, as Villa snatch a vital goal courtesy of Joleon Lescott, while the hosts went close through Mane just before the referee's whistle.
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      One rare bright spot for Villa has been the form of Jordan Ayew. The Ghana forward has looked sharp since securing a consistent berth in the starting XI, and has netted three times in his last six games.
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      Despite their poor form in recent weeks, a win for Southampton today could see them, for a short time at least, rising up to sixth. Villa, however, will stay in 20th regardless of today's result.
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      Villa youngster Jack Grealish again misses out of Garde's squad following his weekend of partying following the defeat to Everton two weekends ago. There is a place in the match day 18 for Gabby Agbonlahor, however, after he recovered from injury. The striker has not made an appearance since Villa's
    • 0'
      Several changes from Garde then, who has been forced into something of a switch-around in his defensive line, with captain Micah Richards – who grabbed his first Villa goal with a wonderful header in last week's defeat – out with a knee injury and Ciaran Clark suspended. In come Joleon Lescott, who
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      Aston Villa Substitutes: Ilori, Agbonlahor, Westwood, Richardson, Traore, Gil, Bunn.
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      Aston Villa (4-3-3): Guzan; Hutton, Okore, Lescott, Bacuna; Veretout, Sanchez, Gueye; Ayew, Gestede, Sinclair.
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      So there are two changes in total for Koeman from the set-up that started against Liverpool in midweek. At the back, Steven Caulker makes way for captain Jose Fonte, while in midfield, Jordy Clasie drops to the bench, with James Ward-Prowse taking his place.
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      Southampton Substitutes: Davis, Clasie, Long, Romeu, Martina, Juanmi, Caulker.
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      Southampton (4-3-3): Stekelenburg; Cedric, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Wanyama, Davis, Ward-Prowse; Mane, Pelle, Tadic.
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      The team news is in at St Mary's. Let's take a look at the line ups, starting with the hosts…
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      Villa, meanwhile, have not won a league game since the opening day of the campaign. They have shown brief glimpses of improvement under Remi Garde during the Frenchman's first three games in charge, however, and were unlucky not to come away from Villa Park with at least a point against Watford last
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      Southampton will be looking to use today's match against bottom-placed Villa to bounce back from their 6-1 hammering at the hands of a rampant Liverpool on Wednesday in the League Cup – a third consecutive loss in all competitions for Ronald Koeman's side following league defeats to Stoke City and M
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      Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of this Premier League clash between Southampton and Aston Villa. Stick with us as we bring you all the action from St Mary's Stadium.
    • 1'
      KICK-OFF! The hosts, atatcking from right to left in the first half, get us under way at St Mary's!
    • 3'
      A bright start from the home side, as Ward-Prowse drifts in a free-kick. Mane - who scored the Premier League's fastest-ever hat-trick in Southampton's 6-1 rout in the corresponding fixture last term, picks up the scraps and drills a cross back to Tadic on the edge of the area, but the Serbia playma
    • 4'
      Pelle squanders another chance for the hosts a moment later. He looked set to tuck it home from Tadic's curling cross, but the Italian could not apply a finishing touch.
    • 6'
      Ayew links up well with Veretout down the left, winning a throw-in. Villa retain possession as they work it inside to Sanchez, but his loose touch is capitalised on by Ward-Prowse. The hosts spread it out wide to Mane, whose blistering pace is too much for Bacuna, but the winger's cross is over-hit.
    • 8'
      CLOSE! Southampton win a corner that Tadic delivers towards the back post. Wanyama rises high to meet it, but his header flashes wide of the upright. That was a good opportunity for the former Celtic midfielder, who will be disappointed that he could not at least test Guzan.
    • 10'
      Gueye loops a clearance into the path of Getsede, but the striker is unable to get goalside of Van Dijk, who stewards the ball back to Stekelenburg. The 'keeper goes long and Pelle holds it up, eventually turning it in towards the on-rushing Cedric, but his cross is blocked.
    • 11'
      Great work from Tadic on the right, who teases Hutton before dinking in a cross to the back post, but there is no Southampton player present to knock it into an empty net.
    • 14'
      Another corner for Southampton, and again it is Tadic who whips it in, but Guzan is well-positioned to collect the cross. Villa play it out from the back patiently, but Southampton are pressing high and swiftly regain possession.
    • 15'
      CHANCE! Tadic floats in another dangerous ball that this time does find a teammate in the form of Mane. The winger controls it with his chest, but his touch is just too heavy, and his shot is skewed high over the crossbar.
    • 18'
      CLOSE! Southampton are piling on the pressure now, and you feel that an opener cannot be far away if the game continues in this trend. Ward-Prowse curls in another fantastic cross that Guzan spills into the feet of Fonte. The centre back prods it goalwards, but Gestede blocks it on the goalline. The
    • 21'
      Villa have stemmed the Southampton threat somehwat in the last few minutes, keeping possession well to take the sting out of the game.
    • 24'
      Another chance for the hosts, as Ward-Prowse strikes a free-kick towards goal. It is deflected down into the path of Mane, but his shot is blocked.
    • 27'
      Hutton finally gets a chance to get forward from full back, allowing Villa to get up the pitch. Veretout picks up possession and spins in behind Ward-Prowse down the right before drilling in a low cross to Gestede, but the former Blackburn striker cannot hit the target from close range.
    • 30'
      Dangerous from Ward-Prowse as he lunges in on Veretout, but the referee allows the game to go on as Villa get forward. The ball eventually goes out of play, though, and the official duly awards the Southampton youngster with a yellow card.
    • 32'
      Patient play from the hosts almost results in Pelle connecting with Davis' througball on the edge of the Villa box. The visitors claw it clear, but only as far as Bertrand who plays a first-time pass towards the aforementioned Southampton striker, but he is flagged offside.
    • 34'
      CHANCE! What a cross by Mane, who shirks off his man before finding Pelle, but the Italy forward's header is a tame one, and Guzan greatfully gathers it in.
    • 37'
      Another searching ball from Van Dijk almost finds Mane, but Bacuna reacts sharply to hook it away for a throw-in. Cedric lofts it in towards Pelle, but he is unable to hold it up under pressure from Lescott.
    • 39'
      In spite of dominating territory and possession so far, Southampton have failed to make the most of this first-half. Gestede wins a free-kick just over the half-way line, that Veretout lofts towards the edge of the box, but Ayew's header is a poor one.
    • 41'
      Pelle is frustrated once again by the offside trap after latching onto Ward-Prowse's precise throughball. The Italian then tussles with Okore after he dived in on the Villa defender, and referee Anthony Taylor halts proceedings to have a talk with the two players.
    • 43'
      A brilliant tackle from Gueye results in Villa breaking forward onto Southampton's backline. Veretout attempts to find Gestede with a pass, but it is cleared by Van Dijk for a corner...
    • 44'
      G J. Lescott Assist J. Veretout
    • 44'
      After his inch-perfect cross onto the head of Richards for his goal last week, Veretout now has his second assist in as many games. It was a brilliant corner, though in all truth the Southampton defending was poor.
    • 44'
      GOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!! LESCOTT PUTS VILLA AHEAD! The stand-in skipper ghosts in unmarked at the back post, and makes no mistake as he taps in from three yards out to give the visitors the lead.
    • 46'
      Villa get us back under-way in the second half...
    • 47'
      Southampton have started swiftly, and Mane is just inches away from giving them the lead as his strike is deflected just wide by Lescott. Ward-Prowse fires in the resulting corner, but he is unable to beat the first man.
    • 49'
      Bertrand drives inside from the left flank, with Hutton unwilling to make a tackle as the former Chelsea full-back jinks into the Villa box before whipping a wonderful ball across the face of goal. Guzan is stranded on his goal-line, but neither Pelle nor Tadic are able to apply a finish.
    • 51'
      Southampton again work it down the left, but Mane is unable to latch onto a clever pass from Bertrand. Villa finally get on the ball for a brief spell, but Hutton's looped throughball into the path of Veretout is shepherded out of play by Van Dijk.
    • 55'
      Another opportunity for Southampton to grab an equaliser now, as Ward-Prowse stands over a corner on the left. He curls in an inviting cross, but Guzan collects it under little pressure. The 'keeper throws it out to Ayew, whose shot is deflected wide for a corner at the other end...
    • 56'
      The delivery is over-hit, but Lescott does well to prevent it from going out of play. It is eventually worked back to Sanchez, who is scythed down by Wanyama.
    • 58'
      A short pause in play as both Wanyama and Sanchez receive treatment. Veretout eventually drifts in the free-kick, but Van Dijk heads it clear. However, the visitors win it back swiftly in midfield, and knock it about patiently, only for Gueye to over-hit a simple pass towards Bacuna, and Southampton
    • 60'
      Good play from Villa, as Bacuna gets forward down the left and drives a low ball into the feet of Gestede. The burly striker flicks it up to Ayew, who strikes the volley, but the effort is deflected away for a corner by Fonte.
    • 61'
      Veretout is again the taker, and again he aims for his captain at the back post, but this time, Lescott is unable to direct his header on target.
    • 62'
      CLOSE! Brilliant defending from Hutton as he blocks Davis' goal-bound strike. The chance stemmed from fantastic play from Cedric, who jinked his way effortlessly past Bacuna before finding the former Rangers midfielder, whose shot was destined for the top-left corner.
    • 63'
      SI Oriol Romeu SO J. Veretout
    • 63'
      SI Juanmi SO J. Veretout
    • 63'
      Another change from Koeman, as Tadic makes way for Juanmi.
    • 63'
      A substitution for the hosts, as Oriol Romeu replaces Wanyama, who has been struggling since a collision with Sanchez earlier in this half.
    • 66'
      Cedric has been one of Southampton's better players since the restart, and he almost finds Juanmi with a wonderful cross from deep, but the former Malaga forward cannot connect with his attempted header.
    • 68'
      Fantastic work from Gueye, who has put in an all-action display today. He burst forward from deep and combines with Ayew, who soon concedes possession, but the formert Lille midfielder gets back to recover.
    • 70'
      A set-piece for Villa now, with the visitors the team doing all the pressing in the last few minutes. Veretout delivers a superb cross to the near-post, but Hutton's header is blocked and Southampton counter...
    • 71'
      SAVE! Solid goalkeeping from Guzan, who gets down low to parry away Juanmi's venomous drive after the Spaniard had been put through on goal.
    • 72'
      End to end stuff at St Mary's, as Villa launch a blistering counter attack. Veretout plays a lovely pass into Ayew, who bares down on goal, but Fonte comes over to cut-off the Ghanaian's path.
    • 73'
      G Oriol Romeu Assist J. Veretout
    • 73'
      Ward-Prowse has been putting in dangerous set-piece deliveries all afternoon, and he finally has his reward for his consistently brilliant delivery.
    • 73'
      GOOOOOAALLLLL! SOUTHAMPTON ARE LEVEL! And it is Romeu who gets it, with his first goal for the club, in an almost identical goal to Lescott's opener for Villa. The former Chelsea midfielder found himself unmarked at the back post from Ward-Prowse's corner, and he adjusted his feet well to nudge it p
    • 75'
      SI A. Westwood SO J. Veretout
    • 75'
      A defensive change from Garde, who may be preparing to try and hold what Villa have as Ashley Westwood replaces Gestede.
    • 78'
      SI K. Richardson SO J. Veretout
    • 78'
      And there is a second change in quick succession from the visitors, with Bacuna, who appeared to be struggling with a knock, going off. Kieran Richardson is his replacement.
    • 80'
      Ten minutes remaining at St Mary's, and neitehr side is lacking in terms of attacking intent. Richardson evades a lunge from Davis and works it across to Sanchez. The Colombian loops a terrific ball into the path of Westwood, but the Villa substitute flashes his effort wide from close range. That wa
    • 82'
      Villa again counter swiftly, with Ayew and Veretout leading the charge. The latter drives in a pass that is just behind the former Lorient striker, who has to lay it off to Sanchez, but his strike is blocked.
    • 83'
      SI S. Long SO J. Veretout
    • 83'
      A final roll of the dice now from Koeman, as Shane Long comes on to replace Mane, who has not had his best game today.
    • 84'
      Risky defending from Lescott, who allows the ball to bounce in the penalty area despite Juanmi lurking. The gamble pays off, however, with Guzan alert to stem the danger.
    • 87'
      Gueye again gets forward, and coems out of two challenges with possession in tact before he is clattered into by Long. There is no foul awarded as Southampton launch an attack that only results in a Villa throw-in, which allows the Villa medical team to come on and treat their injured midfielder.
    • 89'
      Gueye is deemed to be fit to continue and play resumes. Southampton get it forward on the right, and Hutton goes into the book for a foul on Bertrand. Ward-Prowse curls in another super delivery, that Lescott does brilliantly to head away from goal.
    • 90'
      A huge cry of encouragement from the Southampton faifthful now, as the fourth official indicates that there will be five minutes of added time as Juanmi wins a free-kick in a dangerous position on the right wing...
    • 90'
      Yellow card Bradley Guzan

    Line Up

    Oriol Romeu



    Ralph Hasenhüttl
    Dean Smith



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 4 9
    Yellow Cards 1 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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