Tag: Nathaniel Clyne

Premiership: Aston Villa 1-1 Southampton

Nathaniel Clyne denied Aston Villa a much-needed win as his late goal rescued a point for a disappointing Southampton side.

The England right-back buried Ryan Bertrand’s cross to reduce the gap on leaders Chelsea to six points.

Villa went ahead when Gabriel Agbonlahor took advantage of an error of judgement from Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster to score.

But Saints’ pressure finally told when Clyne side-footed home from 12 yards.

Ronald Koeman’s side dominated possession – completing 229 passes more than the hosts – and undoubtedly deserved a share of the spoils.

But with their next three games coming against Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United, Koeman will be concerned at the lack of quality in the final third on display from his side against Villa’s packed defence.

They managed only four shots on target all evening, and Villa keeper Brad Guzan had rarely been forced into serious action until Clyne’s well-taken finish nine minutes from time.

Villa stopped a run of three straight home defeats but have not won since beating Liverpool on 13 September.

And few of the crowd of 25,311 – the lowest league attendance at Villa Park since December 1999 – will remember Paul Lambert’s 100th game in charge with much fondness.

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League Cup: Arsenal 1-2 Southampton

Southampton continued their fantastic start to the season by coming from behind to beat Arsenal in a gripping Capital One Cup third-round tie.

Alexis Sanchez’s superb free-kick opened the scoring for an Arsenal side featuring 10 changes from the weekend.

But Southampton hit back soon after as Dusan Tadic scored a penalty given for a foul on debutant Sadio Mane.

A stunning strike from Nathaniel Clyne gave the Saints a deserved lead, which they protected in a lively second half.

Ronald Koeman’s side continue to make a mockery of the pre-season suggestions that they were en route to mediocrity following the summer exodus of their manager and five key players.

In contrast to the changes made by opposite number Arsene Wenger, Koeman made five alterations to his starting XI and was rewarded with a coherent display consistent with the quick counter-attacking style they have showcased this campaign.

They had to show resolve to come from behind after Sanchez had put Arsenal ahead by curling a superb free-kick over the wall and into the top corner from 25 yards.

It took them six minutes to respond as Mane, playing his first game since obtaining a work permit, drew a trip out of Tomas Rosicky in the box and Tadic side-footed his penalty down the middle to equalise.

Clyne’s goal to give them the lead and ultimately the win was as brilliant as it was unexpected. The defender picked up the ball following a cleared corner, took a touch and smashed a shot that swerved past Arsenal’sdebutant keeper David Ospina and into the roof of the net.

Arsenal strove for an equaliser in the second half but they were unable to break down the visitors, who could easily have added to their lead but for some wayward shooting.

None of the players Wenger drafted in did much to stake a claim for a first-team place.

Rosicky covered ground but provided relatively little, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell were largely anonymous, while Abou Diaby, making his first start since March 2013, was understandably off the pace.

That the midfielder managed over an hour after such a lengthy period out with yet another injury is the most positive development Wenger can take away from the evening.

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Premiership: Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

Daniel Sturridge scores winner as Brendan Rodgers’ side hold on for win

Bulldozers have gathered outside Anfield over the summer ahead of the much anticipated stadium redevelopment, but Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling are proving firm foundations are in place at Liverpool.

The England duo secured a nervy, scruffy opening-day victory against Southampton with a start to the new campaign that felt like a replica to the last, Liverpool sneaking three points in comparable circumstances as against Stoke City a year ago.

In the highly publicised absence of Luis Su¡rez, Sturridge was the match winner then, too, and the similarity extended to the goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s late intervention in preserving three points. That was retrospectively acknowledged as an early turning point in a dizzying campaign. There will be no complaints if the next eight months are directed down a similar path.

For Liverpool the comfort was all in the win rather than the performance. The dynamism, speed of movement and nimble footwork that defined much of last season was lacking here, but it is hardly surprising. That will come when there are more miles in the legs.

This was the most typical of opening-day performances where jumping to conclusions beyond the result is hazardous. Indeed Ronald Koeman, the Southampton manager, had as much cause to be comforted in defeat as Brendan Rodgers in victory.

After a summer of gloom at St Mary’s when Southampton hosted its greatest exodus since the Cunard Line was in its prime, there was much to enthuse the Dutch coach.

He had four debutants effortlessly slotting in, and when right-back Nathaniel Clyne cancelled out Sterling’s first-half strike with a thunderous drive into the top corner at the Kop end, Koeman’s side looked more likely winners. Even after Sturridge glanced the 79th-minute winner following a Sterling header, Mignolet was called upon to push Morgan Schneiderlin’s late effort onto the bar.

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