Aston Villa beat Southampton 1-0 at Villa Park on Friday night thanks to a Jacob Ramsey goal.
The young midfielder scored in the 41st minute of what would become the worst football match of the season.
The opening half hour of the game at Villa Park was, in fact, very unpleasant. Probably the worst 30 minutes of football to be played in the world throughout 2022/23 – that’s the bare minimum.
Neither team has seen from afar Capable of doing anything in the final third, with Leon Bailey in particular missing a number of opportunities to create something in his favour.
Fortunately for all viewers, the action bounced back a bit in the 33rd minute when Philippe Coutinho turned his technique past James Ward-Prowse before firing a long-range shot just over the bar.
Then Coutinho forced Gavin Bazono to participate in his first evening match in the 40th minute, when he saw a shot from the left side of the penalty kick around the post from the Republic of Ireland international.
From the resulting corner, Pazono had to make another save, which prevented Ole Watkins’ header from crossing the line. Unfortunately for the goalkeeper, Jacob Ramsey was the first to respond to the rebound, hitting the ball off the crossbar to make it 1-0 to the hosts.
At the end of the first half the score was close to 2-0. Bailey, after a terrible performance in the first half hour, almost saved himself with a good shot across the goal from the right of the penalty area – a shot that veered off the post.
Alas, the opening exchanges in the second half were similar to those in the beginning: absolutely terrible. Despite Southampton making two changes in the first half – bringing in Joe Aribo and Juan Larios – the visitors did not seem able to score from distance, while at the other end Bailey lost the ball 23 times in the first 60 minutes of the match. Game.
It wasn’t good. Absolutely.
And just when we thought the match couldn’t get any worse, after the 70th minute mark, it really did happen.
Neither Aston Villa nor Southampton have done anything that could, in any way, be described as ‘good’. Perhaps one of the two highlights of the second half was Muhammed Salisu calling all his teammates into the penalty area before a long throw, and then throwing the ball straight into the goal kick. And that was just a highlight because it was funny.
The other feature was the final whistle.