team 2012-13

Barclays Premier League

St.Mary's - Saturday 22nd September 2012

Southampton 4

Lambert 58′, 90′(pen)
Clyne 63′
Clark 72′(og)

Aston Villa 1

Bent 36′
Referee : Moss
Attendance : 30,713

Match Report


That was a seminal game. That was the day the team got their first win in the Premier League for seven seasons. You could see the belief grow in the team during the second half and for the last half hour their was only one team in it. As a Villa fan wrote, the Villa team were defending so deep, they were almost in the crowd.

Yet, the first half seemed so different. To begin with there was the bombshell on arrival at the ground, that Kelvin Davis had been dropped and Paulo Gazzaniga was in goal. There had been rumours on Twitter the night before that this would happen, but it was so outlandish that you tended to disbelieve it. Still, with Saints having shipped 14 goals in the first four games, Nigel Adkins had to change something.

The other changes were Gaston Ramirez and Maya Yoshida making their first starts for the club. Jos Hooiveld was still injured.

The First half began with Saints defending the Northam end, having lost the toss. There was a lot of huffing and puffing, but the majority of the game was played in the middle third of the field. Saints attack seemed to be suffering from a bad attack of Communication Breakdown, with a lot of misplaced and over-run passes going astray. In spite of this they were well on top, in spite of what the national press seemed to think the next day. Villa's only really effective player seemed to be Stephen Ireland, but he was only destined to last until half time and after that they were very much a spent force.

Villa's goal, when it came was almost comical. Various Saints players had chances to clear, but no they had to leave it to Darren Bent for an easy tap in.

Anyway, half time came and there was an air of disappointment, but not despair in the ranks.

When the teams came out again there was no Fox. Richardson was at right back and Clyne had moved across to left back. This proved to be a turning point. Saints immediately looked better balanced at the back. Clyne began to rampage up the left flank, causing no end of problems for Villa.

The first Saints goal when it came was little surprise. Rickie showed his ability with a sublime first touch, before firing home beyond Guzan in the Villa goal.

The second came along shortly after and was the best of the days goals. Ramirez sent an inch perfect pass through to Clyne, who responded with as clinical a finish as you would expect from a top class striker, let alone a right back, who was supposed to be playing on the left.

The game was in the last twenty minutes when Lambert put Puncheon through and from an acute angle his shot went into the net off the hapless Clark. Almost immediately Puncheon was substituted and the replacement, Mayuka had an immediate impact on the game, looking very dangerous. Deep into injury time he rampaged into the penalty area, one on one with Guzan, who promptly upended the youngster. Penalty.

Penalty = Lambert = Goal.

Four second half goals without reply and a comprehensive victory. Very impressive debuts from both Ramirez and Yoshida. Mayuka also looked impressive on his second cameo appearance from the bench. Things look a bit more hopeful now...

Channonite 26.09.2012

Teams

Southampton

12 Gazzaniga
02 Clyne Booked
03 Yoshida
06 Fonte
13 Fox (Richardson - 46' )
04 Schneiderlin
08 S Davis (Ward-Prowse - 79' )
10 Ramirez
20 Lallana
42 Puncheon (Mayuka - 74' )
07 Lambert

Substitutes
01 K Davis
22 Richardson
25 Seaborne
16 Ward-Prowse
21 Guly
09 Rodriguez
24 Mayuka

Aston Villa

22 Guzan Booked
04 Vlaar Booked
06 Clark
30 Lichaj Booked (Bennett - 68' )
34 Lowton
07 Ireland (Westwood - 46' )
08 El Ahmadi
25 Bannan (Agbonlahor - 68' )
09 Bent
14 Holman
20 Benteke

Substitutes
01 Given
27 Bennett
10 N'Zogbia
15 Westwood
11 Agbonlahor
21 Bowery
26 Weimann

Match Stats


Possession
Southampton 50%
Aston Villa 50%

Shots
Southampton 12
Aston Villa 8

On target
Southampton 4
Aston Villa 2

Corners
Southampton 1
Aston Villa 4

Fouls
Southampton 5
Aston Villa 13