Saints striker Adam Armstrong scored a quick first-half brace to help the Saints to a 2-0 win over Cardiff City at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.
Che Adams put the ball in the net early in the second half but it was ruled out for offside before substitute Joe Aribo hit the post.
Here’s how we rated each Southampton player’s performance in the win over Cardiff City…
Gavin Bazunu – 7.
He quickly leaves his line and blocks the ball from Yako Meite. Was beaten by Grant’s shot, but the Cardiff player fired over the goal. There is not much demand for it.
Kyle Walker-Peters – 7.
Completed 100 percent of his tackles. In his roaming role, he covered almost the entire field of activity. Crash at the end of the match by a frustrated Ollie Tanner.
Taylor Harwood Bellis – 7.
Good position to hit back and clear the lane as Bazunu is on the ground after defeating Meite. The highest number of ball contacts was recorded in the first half (65). As always, a strong back.
Jan Bednarek – 8.
He required treatment midway through the first half but was able to continue. Numerous defensive interventions. Stopped Cardiff from returning.
At the very beginning of the game. He fired in a dangerous low cross after Perry Ng intercepted the ball. Played 13 passes into the final third. Won the most duels and made the most tackles.
Shea Charles – 7.
Retained his place in the starting lineup. Offers something different to Will Smallbone in the middle. He seems to be at home at this level, despite only being at the beginning of his senior career.
Flynn Downs – 7.
Booked for a foul on Josh Bowler. Typical Downs play: stopping attacks before they start and playing from behind.
Stuart Armstrong – 7.
His deflected cross led to Adam Armstrong’s second goal. Completed the most dribbles (four) before being substituted in the 62nd minute.
Charlie Alcaraz – 7.
The cyclist’s attempted kick was blocked, causing panic among Saints fans. Gave Southampton’s first assist. Replace shortly after the hour mark.
Adam Armstrong – 8.
An early one-two goal got the Saints off to a great start. There should have been a third goal in the 39th minute, but his header was too weak. I found so much. Would have provided an assist if Ryan Fraser had scored.
Che Adams – 6.
The injured Kamaldin Sulemana came in as a substitute. After the break the ball hit the net but was disqualified for offside. The touch failed him and made it easy to strike at close range.
Joe Aribo – 7.
Presented just after the hour. He effortlessly hit the post from the edge of the penalty area. Good chance played with Ryan Fraser.
Ryan Fraser – 6.
Very involved after his move. Could only shoot past the back post without any markings, but tried to get the ball. Moments later the ball hit the side netting.
Was substituted in the 81st minute. Shot wide of the goal after a cross that was slightly behind him. He also shot from the edge into the goalkeeper’s hands.
Author: George Rees-Julian
Source: Daily Echo