Southampton Review: Frustratingly good enough but tactically naive & a trip to North London

Classic Villa, eh! Win our first four games including a 7-2 thrashing of the reigning champions Liverpool, only to capitulate and quite embarrassingly so to Leeds United and Southampton. Without a win at Villa Park since 2004 against the Saints, the result shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise but let’s be honest, frustratingly, Villa don’t tend to do things the easy way.

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Aston Villa vs Southampton: A chance for Villa to get back to winning ways?

After our bubble-bursting defeat to Leeds, Villa face an in-form Southampton side who have won three out of the last four.

Villa fans will be hoping for a quick return to winning ways but the omens are patchy at best. We’ve won just once in our last eleven games against the boys from St Mary’s, and suffered a 6-1 hammering in 2015. Historically, it’s even-steven, with Villa on 28 wins, Saints on 27, and 23 draws.

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Villa’s first defeat and the need to bounce back

After Friday night’s disappointing defeat to Leeds United, Aston Villa’s impressive 100% winning start to the Premier League season was brought to an end in fairly emphatic fashion. What matters now is what Villa do next and how they react to that disappointment.

Iain Dowie once popularised a term when discussing a crucial component of his promotion chasing Crystal Palace team; “bouncebackability”. Simply put, to achieve success, a team needs to show the ability to react positively to any setbacks.

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Saints Against Villans: Across The Dugout Preview

After last weekend’s gut punch of a defeat at home to Spurs, and the increasingly tenuous nature by which we hold on to our spot in 17th, this weekend’s trip to the South Coast to take on Southampton takes on greater significance – although at this stage of the season every game is of significance.

There were notable improvements in a few aspects of our game against Spurs; we were assertive, wanted to play on the front foot and attack, and yet some all too familiar weaknesses and defensive lapses showcased themselves again and we were once again, left ruing another game with no points that perhaps deserved better.

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