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Stat Attack: All you need to know about Aston Villa 1-0 Southampton
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James Nalton
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Jacob Ramsey netted the decisive goal for Aston Villa against Southampton
Jacob Ramsey netted the decisive goal for Aston Villa against Southampton

Aston Villa kept their first clean sheet of the season as they secured a 1-0 win at home to Southampton.

In fact, neither side had recorded a top-flight shutout this term which suggested there might be goals, but this game was far from a feast of attacking football.

After a fairly mundane start, Villa eventually livened up proceedings by taking the lead a few minutes before half-time.

Gavin Bazunu did brilliantly to tip an Ollie Watkins header on to the bar, but Jacob Ramsey was first to the rebound and lashed home a finish.

In a poor first half, Philippe Coutinho showed his quality and tried to force the issue for Villa in attack, and it was his cross that led to Watkins’ initial header.

In the second half, the game returned to its early lull, and though it was not the most entertaining of spectacles, Villa will nevertheless be pleased with the three points.

"It's a big victory," said Villans manager Steven Gerrard after the match.

"It wasn't pretty or stylish but, with where we were in the league, we knew we had to do it in a pragmatic way.

"I'm really proud of the boys' effort, application and commitment. We played better than we did last time. In football, you have to grind and fight and be committed and we worked hard today.

"We will get better in terms of style and possession and that will come but tonight was about the points."

Did you know?

Aston Villa have won three of their last four league matches against Southampton, having won just one of their previous 11 (three draws, seven defeats).

Only Everton and Watford have lost more Premier League matches in 2022 than Saints (14).

Ralph Hasenhuttl's men have conceded in their last 13 Premier League matches, the longest run of any current side. Saints have now kept just three clean sheets in their last 34 matches in the competition.

The visitors have won none of their last 104 away Premier League matches when trailing at half-time (18 draws, 86 defeats) since a 4-2 win at Chelsea on New Year’s Day in 2002.

Since the start of last season, only Watkins (12) and Danny Ings (eight) have more Premier League goals for Villa than Ramsey (seven).

Ashley Young became the second oldest outfield player to start for Villa in the Premier League (37 years, 69 days) behind only Robert Pires in February 2011 against Blackburn (37 years, 120 days).

Juan Larios was the ninth teenager given their Premier League debut by Hasenhuttl. Since his first game in December 2018, only Manchester United have handed more teenagers their Premier League debut (10) than Saints (nine).

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