Aston Villa lose their fifth match in a row, this time 1-0 away from home against Southampton.
Aston Villa were desperate for a win at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, but their plans were crushed only a few minutes into the game. The club had high hopes of improving their already solid finish from last year, when they ended 11th in the English Premier League (EPL) table. Hopes of making a run for the European competitions. But these seem further and further away now more than ever after losing to Southampton.
The Saints entered the match in the best possible way, with a quick goal. Che Adams received the ball on the edge of the box, gently angled it to his attacking colleague, Adam Armstrong, who fired an absolute bomb into the net. The Villa keeper Martínez had no chance of catching the powerful strike and Southampton were up 1-0.
Villa manager Dean Smith knew this was bad news. Southampton’s defence is extremely hard to penetrate and they know how to close it up when they have to. Surprisingly, they didn’t really choose to, because they kept overplaying their opponents with ease for the rest of the match and Aston Villa were pretty much impotent in the attack.
The second Armstrong on Southampton’s roster had a chance to score just six minutes after the first goal, but he didn’t hit the ball well and it went high up over the net.
Aston Villa’s troubles could have deepened after Anwar El-Ghazi received a yellow card for tripping his opponent. Because then, only a few minutes later, he brainlessly tripped his opponent again. Luckily for Villa, the referee Andy Madley kept the cards in his pockets the second time around.
James Ward-Prowse tested Aston Villa’s defence several times throughout the match with a couple of great crosses and shots, but Emiliano Martínez kept the game at 1-0.
“We were very good defensively,” Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl said after the game. “One-nil wins are the nicest ones.”
Southampton are now 12th in the EPL table on 14 points, while Aston Villa are 15th on 10 points. Villa will be looking to end their nightmarish losing run after the international break is over against Brighton.