Aston Villa fans were hoping to see us pick up all three points in today’s Premier League trip to Southampton and a win would’ve opened up a breathing space on those in the relegation spots below us.
Making the trip to St Mary’s Stadium, head coach Dean Smith’s side were clearly second best in the first half and the hosts took a deserved lead eight minutes into the game. Despite their control, it was a one goal game at the half time break, and we came out far better and showed significant improvement in our play but not where it mattered. Four efforts at goal all game long and a paltry one effort on target.
With goalkeeper Pepe Reina gambling at the death and coming up for a corner, Southampton broke to make it 2-0 five minutes into stoppage time and our goose was cooked.
All eyes to Watford on Sunday and West Ham United on Monday – either win, and we fall into the bottom three again.
Smith pulled few punches at the full time whistle as he spoke to the BBC:
“My feelings are embarrassment with the performance. The thing that hurts me the most is a lack of fight. It has to be the lowest of the low. The defeat at Watford was bad but this was on a par. They’ve let themselves down with their own personal performances. We got beaten and deservedly so. There were too many training-ground players. You’ve got to perform on a match day and too many players didn’t. Our quality just wasn’t there today. Some of them have played their way out of a cup final.”
FFP - Have We Done The Right Thing This Year?
Time Will Tell
St Mary's Stadium
22/02/2020 3:00 pm
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