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On the Whistle: Aston Villa 1-3 Southampton

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On the Whistle: Aston Villa 1-3 Southampton

Game details

Match: Aston Villa v Southampton
Competition: Premier League
Date: Saturday 21st December 2019
Venue: Villa Park
Attendance: 41,834

Scoring summary

Grealish 75

Ings 21, 51, Stephens 31

Line-up

Heaton, Targett, Engels, Hause, Guilbert, Grealish, Hourihane (Kodija 56), McGinn (Nakamba 7), Luiz, El Ghazi (Trezeguet), Wesley. Unused subs: Nyland, Elmohamady, Konsa, Lansbury.

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Story in brief

Aston Villa were undone by a clinical Southampton as Dean Smith's side slipped into the Premier League's bottom three.

With both sides beginning the game on 15 points, the opening to the match was a cagey affair with neither side wanting to hand the advantage to the other. 

But after Danny Ings tapped home the opener, Saints took control of the contest. 

Jack Stephens rose highest to double the lead from a corner before half-time, as Villa's best chances of the first 45 minutes went begging via Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi. 

Ings proved a thorn in Villa's side throughout the game and he doubled his tally with a smart finish just after the break.

Jack Grealish's stunning goal inspired a Villa onslaught in the last 15 minutes, but it was too little too late for the hosts. 

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Ings does the damage

Southampton rely on Danny Ings for the majority of their goals and he produced the goods against Villa.

The forward, who had 11 goals before the match, was ruthless in finishing the chances that came his way.

He didn't feature too much in his side's general play, but he was there to put the ball away when it mattered.

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Another one for the collection

From his thunderbolt against Derby last season to his beauty against Manchester United earlier this month, Jack Grealish has scored some great goals. 

And the Villa captain scored another peach on Saturday, stunning the Villa Park crowd with a moment of magic.

Grealish chested the ball down on the edge of the area before sending a superb half-volley beyind McCarthy and into the far corner. 

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Injury blow

The game was just five minutes old when John McGinn was left writhing around on the turf.

The Scottish midfielder looked in a lot of pain after he was injured applying pressure on Cedric Soares as the full-back went to clear the ball.

After a couple of minutes worth of treatment, the No7 had to be replaced by Marvelous Nakamba.

McGinn’s intensity and quality on the ball were a big miss for his side as they struggled to get to grips with the visitors.

What’s next?

Aston Villa are back at home on Boxing Day to take on Norwich City (3pm KO).

The match is a sell-out once again as the club’s support continues to be fantastic throughout the season.

Greg  Styles
By @GregStyles91 21st December 2019