Aston Villa manager Dean Smith talked about that some of his players had “performed their manner out” of subsequent Sunday’s Carabao Cup closing after defeat at Southampton.
The Saints dominated the principle half of, taking an early lead by Shane Long’s third goal of the season, sooner than Stuart Armstrong sealed victory in stoppage time.
Southampton’s first catch in five suits moves them 10 factors sure of the relegation zone however Villa, who managed factual one shot heading within the correct direction, live a level above the bottom three.
They’ve additionally suffered three straight defeats as they put collectively to face EFL Cup holders Manchester City at Wembley.
“My emotions are embarrassment with the performance,” talked about Smith. “The object that hurts me primarily the most is an absence of fight.
“They’ve let themselves down with their very have deepest performances. We got overwhelmed and deservedly so.
“Our quality factual wasn’t there. Some of them have performed their manner out of a cup closing.”
Saints trip some house comforts
Southampton obtained 3-1 within the reverse fixture factual sooner than Christmas, a victory that sparked a jog of 13 factors from a imaginable 15 to steer them sure of the bottom three.
However they have got persisted to lose at house, with remaining week’s 2-1 defeat by Burnley their eighth house reverse of the season.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has spoken relating to the stress of playing at St Mary’s, no longer easy his players to turn it relief staunch into a fortress, and they began luxuriate in a side with the Austrian’s words mute ringing of their ears.
Recalled winger Moussa Djenepo turn out to be as soon as a constant menace on the left, despite having his head bandaged midway by the principle half of, and Will Smallbone additionally impressed after coming in for his Premier League debut – a day after turning 20.
The midfielder nearly had a goal internal eight minutes, his deflected strike hitting the surface of the submit because the hosts pinned Villa into their very have half of within the outlet stages.
Djenepo then got to the byeline down the left fly and his awkward-attempting centre with the surface of his reliable foot stumbled on Long, who bundled in his third goal in six video games on the shut to submit.
Danny Ings and Djenepo were denied by Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina however Saints remained on top after the destroy, with captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg forcing a low put from the old-fashioned Spaniard and change Che Adams denied by a goal-line block.
And with Reina having reach up for a leisurely nook, Armstrong raced on to Adams’ prolonged ball to sidefoot into an empty decide up and possess the scoreline a bigger reflection of Saints’ dominance.
Villa wretchedness worst for cup closing
The 2 facets were stage on factors when they remaining met in December, with Villa outside the relegation zone on goal contrast and Southampton internal it. How manager Dean Smith have to need his side may perhaps string collectively a jog luxuriate in the south fly side went on therefore.
Since shedding to Saints, Villa have obtained three league video games and each turn out to be as soon as adopted by defeat of their subsequent league sport.
They were perchance uncomfortable to concede a remaining-gasp winner at house to Tottenham remaining week and on Saturday would have hoped to detect players combating for EFL Cup closing locations.
They additionally had Tyrone Mings return after missing the Spurs defeat with tonsillitis – however the England defender had to repel Southampton nearly single-handedly early on.
Captain Jack Grealish turn out to be as soon as effectively shackled by Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, playing at reliable-relief, and unique signing Mbwana Samatta obtained precious tiny service throughout.
Trezeguet, a predominant-half of change for the injured Anwar El Ghazi, turn out to be as soon as their largest menace, providing some energy down the reliable fly and their top shot heading within the correct direction midway by the 2nd half of.
However they did not possess on the momentum he supplied and wanted a goal-line block by Kortney Hause to forestall Southampton sealing victory sooner than they did.
In record a change of gaining a morale enhance sooner than subsequent week’s closing, Villa followers are fearing a repeat of remaining month’s 6-1 drubbing by City – adopted by the rising prospect of a correct away return to the Championship.
Man of the match – Moussa Djenepo (Southampton)
‘It turn out to be as soon as the lowest of the low’ – what they talked about
Villa boss Dean Smith: “I strive and defend the players however this day turn out to be as soon as no longer reliable sufficient. We got what we deserved.
“We spoke about having a reliable originate however within the principle 20 minutes we by no manner laid a glove on them. They were miles off it within the principle half of.
“Final week in opposition to Tottenham gave me a form of coronary heart then this day, awful. We can’t play that unhealthy over again.
“It have to be the lowest of the low. The defeat at Watford (3-0 in December) turn out to be as soon as unhealthy however this turn out to be as soon as on a par.”
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl: “It turn out to be as soon as crucial to uncover a response after the relaxation house sport and the design we began turn out to be as soon as what we wanted to cease this day.
“We had 28 pictures and that reveals how dominant we were. It turn out to be as soon as an handsome atmosphere and the fellows loved it. It be important to have a fortress right here over again.”
Villa’s jog sickness – the stats
- Aston Villa are winless in eight suits in opposition to Southampton in all competitions (D3 L5) since winning 3-2 at St Mary’s in December 2013.
- Villa have obtained factual two of their previous 32 Premier League away video games (D5 L25).
- Villa live the top Premier League side with out an away gleaming sheet this season, with their remaining shut-out on the avenue coming in January 2016 (0-0 v West Brom)
- Southampton faced factual four pictures – their joint-lowest tally in a Premier League match for the rationale that originate of remaining season (additionally four v Wolves in October 2019).
- Southampton have saved two gleaming sheets of their previous four house Premier League video games – as many as of their previous 28 suits at St Mary’s within the rivals.
Southampton take a look at with West Ham subsequent Saturday (15: 00 GMT) whereas Villa face Manchester City within the EFL Cup closing at Wembley subsequent Sunday (16: 30 GMT).