Ward-Prowse stars on birthday to take Southampton fourth

1 Nov 2020
Aston Villa v Southampton

Midfielder scores two free-kicks and gets an assist as Saints hold off late fightback to win 4-3 at Aston Villa

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James Ward-Prowse scored two free-kicks and got an assist as Southampton held off a late Aston Villa fightback for a 4-3 away win that sends them fourth.

Southampton had an early goal overturned for offside following a VAR review but went ahead on 20 minutes when Ward-Prowse’s cross was headed in by Jannik Vestergaard.

Ward-Prowse then netted from two superb set-pieces on a 26th birthday to remember for the Southampton captain.

In the second half Danny Ings crashed in a fourth Saints goal off the crossbar before the striker was forced off injured. 

Tyrone Mings pulled one back for Villa from Jack Grealish's cross and the hosts set up a nervy finish with two goals in stoppage time.

Ollie Watkins converted a penalty won by Grealish who then caught Alex McCarthy unsighted from long range.

But Southampton held on to make their best start after seven matches since 2014/15. Villa drop to sixth after back-to-back defeats. 

See: Aston Villa reportSouthampton report

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Aston Villa: 8 Nov v Arsenal (A)
Southampton: 6 Nov v Newcastle (H)

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