Aston Villa entertained Southampton at Villa Park earlier tonight as they looked to earn a good result in the Premier League. The Villans made a decent start to the game and managed to take the lead in the 41st minute when Jacob Ramsey scored from close range. The West Midlands club were leading 1-0 at the half-time break.
Steven Gerrard’s men protected their advantage well in the second 45 minutes and ensured a narrow 1-0 win in front of their home fans.
Let’s take a look at how each Aston Villa player fared during the match against the Saints.
GK: Emiliano Martinez – 7/10
The Argentine keeper had to make just one save in the game and earned an easy clean sheet at home.
RB: Ashley Young – 7/10
He was defensively solid inside his half and made one key chance in the final third.
CB: Ezri Konsa – 7/10
Konsa made a few important clearances at the back and was strong in the air.
CB: Tyrone Mings – 7/10
The English centre-back didn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when needed and was good on the ball as well.
LB: Lucas Digne – 7.5/10
The French talent got stuck in with a lot of crunching tackles and made some important clearances on the defensive end of the field. However, he failed to influence the game in the final third.
CM: Jacob Ramsey – 8/10
He did his fair share of defending and was there at the right place to open the goal-scoring for Aston Villa just before the half-time break.
CM: Boubacar Kamara – 7/10
The Frenchman offered decent protection for his teammates at the back but could last only 43 minutes.
CM: John McGinn – 7.5/10
McGinn didn’t shy away from a tackle and had some encouraging moments in the opponent’s half.
RAM: Leon Bailey – 6.5/10
He was always willing to fight for the ball but there was no goal for him tonight.
LAM: Philippe Coutinho – 6.5/10
The Brazilian playmaker caused a few headaches for the Southampton defenders but didn’t do enough to score.
ST: Ollie Watkins – 7/10
The English forward did his fair share of defending but was mostly feeding off scraps on the attacking end of the field.
CM: Douglas Luiz – 7/10
He gave the Villans more control at the centre of the park.
LAM: Emiliano Buendia – 6.5/10
Buendia made one good chance in the final third.
CM: Leander Dendoncker – 6/10
He added more energy to Gerrard’s midfield.
ST: Danny Ings – N/A
Ings didn’t get enough time to influence the game.