Player Ratings: Southampton 4, Aston Villa 1

By Jeremiah Paschke-Wood | Only Love Soccer

A miserable second half performance sees Villa drop their third match of the season. I don’t have much to say about it.

Record: 1-1-3, 4 pts; 5 goals for, 9 against
Guzan – 6; Not really his fault we gave up four, besides the foul at the end, but hopefully he won’t be back on the bench next game.
Lichaj – 5; Poor defensively, but possibly even worse offensively
Vlaar – 6; Maybe not his best game, but it certainly wasn’t his fault the way Southampton carved us open in the second half.
Clark – 6; Like Vlaar, spent most of the second half trying to cope with attacking players allowed too much space by the midfield. Probably didn’t close Lambert down quickly enough on the first goal.
Lowton – 5; A fine attacking fullback who can’t defend. Seems to fall asleep at key moments (goals two and three, all the Everton goals). But hey, who else are we gonna play there?
El-Ahmadi – 5; Probably his poorest game of the season
Ireland – 6; Wasn’t particularly great in the first half, but we were much worse without him in the second half.
Bannan – 5.5; Was active at least. Has the tendency of trying too many long crossfield balls when the simple pass will do.
Holman – 5; Spent too much time trying to help out Lowton on the right and gave the ball away often when he had it. Good attacking player, but not a great midfielder.
Bent – 6; Scored a goal and was reasonably active, at least for him.
Benteke – 5.5; A threat on set pieces and had one nice long pass for Bent, but the team resorts to the long ball when he’s on the field, and it got them nowhere. Maybe better as an impact sub?
Westwood – 5; Didn’t look prepared for Championship level midfielders.
Agbonlahor – NR; Don’t recall him touching the ball. Where was he, on the left?
Bennett – NR; Didn’t look much better than Lichaj after replacing him.

It’s just one game, but it sure was disappointing. I don’t think we’ll get relegated, but this is going to be another long, frustrating season.
For the next match, I’d like it if we returned Weimann to the starting lineup and maybe gave Stevens or Bennett a runout at one of the fullback spots.

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Posted on 2012/09/22, in Match reports, Player ratings, World football and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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