Wow! Well after what seemed like a poor run of form for the Villa side, an absolute demolishment of Ralph Hasenhuettl's Southampton side see Aston Villa gain another 3 points, following on from the 2-0 victory over Brighton...
Saturday was a special one for the Villa side as we go on to beat a fairly inform Southampton side 4-0, and what a victory it was. Ollie Watkins is back to his best, as he opens the scoring inside the first 10 minutes. Some nice build-up play from Gerrard's side, as Coutinho picks the ball up from deep, has a little drive up the pitch, and blasts the ball into the path of Danny Ings, who was quick to play the ball into Ollie Watkins; who pulls off a magnificent turn across defender Jack Stephens, and into the top right corner. Fraser Forster had absolutely no chance! 1-0.
It's about time we see the Ollie Watkins from last season, with alot of speculation around his morale at the club. He has proved these claims to be false with performances in his last two games. Scoring in both, and his all round play being back to it's best. Pressing ability was slacking in the last few weeks, but intensity levels have risen, especially against the Saints, as-well has his hold up play ability. Not just scoring, but creating chances which we get into later.
Two minutes before the end of the half, we was able to grab a deserved second goal. A corner, that was picked up by Danny Ings on the edge of the box, he was able to play Calum Chambers who dinked an UNREAL outside the foot pass straight into the path of Philippe Coutinho who smoothly taps the ball into Douglas Luiz into a position 2 yards away from goal, and he slots it home. Once again unreal build-up play from Villa, with Calum Chambers taking the credit for the amazing pass that lead to the goal. 2-0! We had a HUGE chance to grab a third before half-time when Coutinho missed a one-on-one with Forster who made himself big to put off the Brazilian. Agonizingly close. Half Time.
Southampton attempted to shut out Villa attacks, with a change at the start of the first half, Valery coming on for Elyounoussi, moving to a three at the back. They really thought that would work? Well it didn't, as Villa scored once again early in the second half with Coutinho giving us the Third! A well deserved goal personally for Coutinho because of his unreal game overall. A goal where the Saints players were twisting and turning to get the ball off him and he slotted the ball through the legs of Forster. 3-0!
A goal two minutes later after Danny Ings missed a big chance, he was able to grab his deserved goal against his former side. Fans who booed him all game, he was able to keep them quiet after that. Matty cash with good play down the right hand side, played a low cross straight to Ings' feet who slotted it easily past Forster. to make it 4! 4-0 to the Villa!
Finally some form found by Villa, and we hope to kick on for the rest of the season, looking up to the next game on Thursday night's game vs Leeds. New manager Jesse Marsch will want to kick on after their defeat against Leicester.
Written by Kian Davies.