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James Ward-Prowse scores two free-kicks in win over Aston Villa

A goal fest of a game at Villa Park this Sunday afternoon with the south coast born James Ward-Prowse netting two fabulous free-kicks for Southampton to celebrate his 26th birthday in style.
James Ward-Prowse scoring against Aston Villa. Photo source gazette-news.co.uk

Aston Villa 3 – 4 Southampton Sunday 1st November KO 16:00

James Ward-Prowse had only scored once this season, but the England midfielder made it to 3 goals for the season against Aston Villa with two set-pieces to give The Saints three points away from home. 

Ward-Prowse is only the ninth player in Premier League history to score two free-kicks in the same game. He joins the likes of Christian Eriksen to score two free-kicks in a single game and Eriksen was the latest to score two set-pieces in the Premier League against Swansea in 2015. 

Southampton started positively and dominated possession at the start and it was the birthday boy, Ward-Prowse, who not only scored twice but also set up the first from a set-piece that Jannik Vestergaard headed past Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in the 20th minute. 

Not long after the first goal, Ward-Prowse curled an excellent free-kick from 25 yards out that the Martinez, the Villa keeper had no chance to save. To finish the first-half, Southampton earned another free-kick a little bit closer than the previous and Ward-Prowse stepped up and placed it in the back of the net again. Ward-Prowse finished the first-half with one assist and two goals and his side 0-3 up. 

Danny Ings knocked in a suburb strike on the 58th minute to give The Saints a 0-4 lead away from home. 

Aston Villa did not get into the game as Southampton dominated from start to finish. Tyrone Mings did get a goal back with a header from a Jack Grealish cross in the 62nd minute.  

Villa did get two late goals, both in the 90th minute with a penalty from Ollie Watkins and Grealish scoring a deflected strike. 

The late goals seemed to show it was a closer game than it was, but in truth, it was a game dominated by Southampton. More of a problem for Southampton was Danny Ings going off with a knee injury and for Southampton fans, you hope it is not a serious injury. 

Danny Ings goes down injured against Aston Villa. photo Source Reuters.com

Southampton moves up to 3rd in the table after winning four of their last five games and after a fast start, Villa has lost two on the bounce. 

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