Aston Villa features in free stage feast of year old Ward-Prowse

The 7-2 victory over country champion Liverpool will remain in the books forever. The second place in the Premier League will also be framed on the wall in Birminghams living rooms.

But the fairy tale of Aston Villa seems to be over by now anyway. After the 3-0 defeat against the promoted Leeds United, the team lost 4-3 to Southampton on Sunday, which is the new number three in the Premier League.

The big man among the South English was midfielder James Ward Prowse, who today celebrated his 26th birthday. The quadruple English international delivered a perfect advance on the head of Jannik Vestergaard in the opening phase.

Free-rapspecialist

After that, Ward-Prowse showed why he was regarded as one of the best free stage specialists in the Premier League. Twice he struck, in the same and particularly beautiful way: with a hard curl in the upper left corner.

After Danny Ings found the distant intersection shortly after rest, the plea was completely settled. The 4-1 of Tyrone Mings (headball), the 4-2 of Ollie Watkins (penalty kick deep in injury time) and all the 4-3 of Jack Grealish (in the added time of injury) were mainly for statistics.