Mings was Aston Villa’s hero against Southampton
Aston Villa won just their second Premier League game of the season with a crucial 1-0 win over Southampton at Villa Park last night.
In truth, it was a scrappy game, and Villa didn’t need to be at their best to take the three points. Jacob Ramsey scored the only goal four minutes before half-time and it stayed that way.
Southampton were well below par and Ralph Hasenhuttl will understandably be irritated that his side couldn’t pose more of a problem for the home side.
It was nonetheless a vital three for Steven Gerrard’s men, and a welcome clean sheet to go with it, their first since April. Although Ramsey scored the winner and impressed throughout, it was Tyrone Mings who may have been Villa’s real saviour.
Mings was Gerrard’s savior
The Englishman has come under fire in recent weeks due to a string of poor performances but he was excellent at the heart of Villa’s defense in last night’s win.
He received a 7.4 rating from SofaScore for his performance, which was third highest on the pitch behind Ramsey and Lucas Digne, who each scored 7.8.
The former Ipswich defender had two tackles and six clearances while winning 100% of his duels (two on the ground, four in the air) as he stood firm and kept Southampton from scoring.
With 53 touches and a key assist during the game, Mings wasn’t content to just keep the Saints at bay – he wanted to get involved and create chances from the defense as often as he could.
Michael Hincks described the 29-year-old as a “rockafter the final whistle and gave him an i Paper rating of eight, also stating that the centre-back has been “instrumental in leading” Villa’s defensive cause.
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After being snubbed by Gareth Southgate when England’s squad for the next UEFA Nations League fixtures was named midweek, it was truly a performance that could have proven a few wrong.
There’s still time to impress ahead of the World Cup squad announcement, and if Mings puts in another great performance like last night, then he could give his national team boss food for thought.