Aston Villa faced off against Southampton at the St. Mary’s Stadium earlier today as they hoped to secure a victory away from home in the Premier League. The Villans made a bright start to the game but were held to a scoreless draw at the half-time interval.
The West Midlands club finally managed to break the deadlock in the 77th minute when Ollie Watkins found the back of the net. Unai Emery’s men defended their slender advantage well and earned a narrow 1-0 win on the road.
Let’s take a look at how each Aston Villa player performed during the match against the Saints.
GK: Emiliano Martinez – 8/10
The Argentine keeper made a handful of excellent saves at the back and earned a crucial clean sheet away from home.
RB: Ashley Young – 7/10
The English talent didn’t do much wrong at the back but lacked quality in the final third.
CB: Ezri Konsa – 7/10
Konsa won his fair share of aerial duels and was accurate with his passing.
CB: Tyrone Mings – 7/10
He didn’t do much wrong at the back and did enough to keep the opposition attackers at bay.
LB: Alex Moreno – 7/10
The Spaniard got stuck in with a couple of solid tackles and made two good chances in the final third.
RM: Jacob Ramsey – 8/10
The English talent did his fair share of defending and was a real threat going forward as well.
CM: Douglas Luiz – 7.5/10
He controlled the game and engineered some promising chances in the final third.
CM: Boubacar Kamara – 7/10
Kamara anchored the midfield well but lacked quality in the opponent’s half.
LM: Emiliano Buendia – 6/10
Buendia made two decent chances in the final third.
ST: Leon Bailey – 6.5/10
He caused a few problems for the Southampton defenders but failed to register a goal.
ST: Ollie Watkins – 7/10
Watkins caused a few headaches for the opposition and scored the only goal of the game in the 77th minute.
LW: Philippe Coutinho – 6/10
He offered very little after coming on as a substitute.
RB: Matty Cash – 6/10
Cash was solid at the back.
CM: Leander Dendoncker – N/A
He didn’t get enough time to make an impact.