Aston Villa suffered their fifth straight defeat as the warmth intensified on Dean Smith forward of the worldwide break after a 1-0 defeat at Southampton.
Adam Armstrong scored the winner with simply three minutes on the clock, arrowing a elegant left-footed strike dwelling from the sting of the realm. The striker was signed for £15m from Blackburn as a substitute for Danny Ings, who left for Villa for £30m however was lacking for this encounter with damage.
Smith’s facet improved their efforts after a lacklustre first half however regardless of posting 14 photographs, they failed to noticeably take a look at Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
The Saints have now gained three of their final 4 matches – all 1-0 – as Ralph Hasenhuttl is beginning to rebuild momentum on the south coast membership.
In the meantime, Smith has misplaced 5 successive league video games for the primary time as Aston Villa head coach.
Southampton: McCarthy (7), Livramento (6), Walker-Peters (8), Bednarek (7), Salisu (8), Elyounoussi (7), Romeu (8), Ward-Prowse (7), S Armstrong (7), A Armstrong (8), Adams (7)
Subs: Diallo (6), Lycano (7), Bjora (7)
Aston Villa: Martinez (7), Money (6), Tuanzebe (6), Mings (6), Targett (6), Nakamba (6), McGinn (6), Bailey (6), Buendia (6), El Ghazi (5), Watkins (7)
Subs: J.Ramsey (7), Davis (6)
Man of the match: Adam Armstrong
How Saints turned up the warmth on Smith…
Armstrong celebrated Bonfire Evening by igniting a rocket with Southampton’s first harmful assault. James Ward-Prowse despatched a protracted ball in the direction of Che Adams and the Aston Villa defence did not cope with the hazard with any conviction. Armstrong reacted to their indecision by latching onto the unfastened ball and firing an unstoppable strike into the highest nook.
Villa responded as Emiliano Buendia compelled a low save out of Alex McCarthy – but it surely was a uncommon piece of promise in a one-sided half.
The hosts ought to have doubled their lead moments later as a nook landed on the ft of the recalled Stuart Armstrong, who ballooned over from three yards to offer Villa some respite.
Anwar El Ghazi additionally returned to the beginning line-up for the guests however shot wildly over from a good angle as Villa at the very least began to get a foothold within the sport.
The winger was arguably fortunate to nonetheless be on the pitch at that stage having already been booked and brought a blatant dive within the penalty space not lengthy after.
Southampton have been utilizing the ball a lot better and skipper James Ward-Prowse drew a sprawling save out of Martinez simply after the half-hour.
Oriol Romeu then spooned an excellent opening over the bar simply earlier than the break because the half-time whistle got here at an excellent time to ensure that Villa to regroup.
Villa appeared brighter after the restart, El Ghazi stinging the palms of McCarthy earlier than Buendia missed the goal twice in fast succession.
Saints nonetheless carried a risk when pushing Villa again and Martinez needed to be very alert to tip over a Che Adams header on the different finish.
Villa had seven minutes of added time to try to pressure an equaliser however there was little sample to their attacking play with direct balls into the field all they managed to muster. It was a tactic that Southampton managed to cope with comparatively comfortably.
It leaves Smith going through a pressurised spell and Villa might occupy a spot within the backside three by the tip of the weekend if outcomes go towards them.
What the managers mentioned…
Ralph Hasenhuttl mentioned: “A workforce that comes out after half-time, places you beneath stress is all the time arduous to play towards. [There were] a whole lot of lengthy and excessive balls so we modified to a again 5. We nonetheless had good moments however just one good probability within the second half with Che Adams’ header. Regardless of, we now have a fifth clear sheet this season which is wonderful and an necessary three factors.
“It was Adam Armstrong’s second objective and we managed to win – good for him, good for us and a striker begins scoring. He has an excellent end, left foot, proper foot.
“We’ve got misplaced slightly little bit of management, we have been a bit hectic and the opponents have been a bit extra aggressive. We didn’t take the most important dangers in the present day, tried to kick the ball longer however in some moments you need to take the best instruments to win the sport.”
On whether or not Anwar El Ghazi ought to have been despatched off: “Completely. I’ve seen it at half-time, he was diving when booked however it isn’t about me to ask for pink playing cards. We’ve got gained the sport and so they have issues which we had firstly of the season.
“[It is] a really stable platform after a foul begin. Final season we conceded so many targets so the most important problem was to get extra secure defensively and have proven we now have flip issues round now.”
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith: “It was a story of two halves. Southampton managed the midfield within the first and we improved within the second. While you undergo a run of outcomes like we’re on, you get kicked within the enamel just a few instances. They scored a hell of a objective.
“I mentioned to the gamers at half-time you can’t really feel just like the world is towards you – you have to go and go away every part out on the pitch. They did that second half. I can not complain concerning the effort. We simply want a little bit of high quality within the remaining third.
“We appeared slightly anxious on the ball. We did not get our press proper so we received a message onto the lads and it took us some time to get it proper. After we received it proper, we appeared higher organised. We felt they have been opening us up slightly too simply. We received that proper within the second half.
“I am a scrapper. At all times have been. I am disillusioned we have misplaced 5 on the spin however we have got gamers out injured. 5 of our bench in the present day have been academy graduates. We’ll get gamers match in the course of the worldwide break and we’ll be higher after we come again.
“You noticed what we’re all about within the second half. I believed a good rating was a draw. They have been the higher facet within the first half and we had the higher of the second. We want extra of that front-foot power and depth that we noticed within the second half.”
Man of the match: Adam Amstrong
The subsequent top-class striker to progress from the Sky Guess Championship to the Premier League was the distinction maker on Friday Evening Soccer. Jamie Vardy, Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings and Ivan Toney have all come through the identical route as Armstrong and though he is taken time to settle, his thumping strike might simply be the beginning of a particular.
Sky Sports activities co-commentator mentioned: Andy Hinchcliffe mentioned: “It was a whirlwind begin from Southampton – it was a surprising objective from Armstrong. It was a troublesome ask to interchange Ings however he is proven with that objective, that he can play at this stage.”
- Southampton have taken 10 factors from their final 4 Premier League video games (W3 D1), as many factors as they gained of their earlier 12 within the competitors (W2 D4 L6).
- This was the earliest Aston Villa have ever conceded a objective (2:15) and gone on to lose the sport 0-1 of their Premier League historical past.
- For the reason that begin of final season, Southampton ahead Adam Armstrong is certainly one of solely two English gamers to attain 30+ league targets in England’s prime two divisions (excluding play-offs), together with Ivan Toney (33).
Southampton face rock-bottom Norwich after the worldwide break on Saturday, November 20. Subsequent up for Villa is a house fixture with Brighton, additionally on November 20.