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St. Mary's Stadium (ATT 29,814) 4th December 2013 - Kick off 19:45

So'ton Southampton vs Aston Villa A Villa

So'ton 2

J Rodriguez (48)
D Osvaldo (69)

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A Villa 3

G Agbonlahor (15)
L Kozak (64)
F Delph (80)

Premier League: Fabian Delph fires Aston Villa to thrilling 3-2 victory at Southampton

Last Updated: 04/12/13 11:38pm

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Aston Villa extended their unbeaten run to five Premier League matches with a thrilling 3-2 victory against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.

Fabian Delph scored the winner ten minutes from time thanks to a stunning long-range strike.

Gabby Agbonlahor had given Villa a first-half lead before Jay Rodriguez levelled three minutes after the break.

Best of the Match:

  • Man of the match: Fabian Delph - The Villa midfielder has been instrumental in Villa's success this season and was outstanding once again.
  • Goal of the match: Delph - His first Premier League goal was stunning. He lashed the ball past Paulo Gazzaniga from fully 25 yards.
  • Moment of the match: Dejan Lovren's goalbound header looked to be heading in until Jay Rodriguez got in the way.
  • Save of the match: Brad Guzan made a number of fine saves to deny the Southampton onslaught throughout the 90 minutes.
  • Stat of the match: Southampton were unbeaten in their previous nine matches at home, winning the last five until today's defeat.
  • Talking point: Southampton have now suffered three Premier League defeats in a row with Manchester City to come. How can Mauricio Pochettino stop the rot?

Libor Kozak headed the visitors back in front after 64 minutes, but Dani Osvaldo restored parity again just five minutes later.

However, Villa were not to be denied and scored with their third shot on goal as Delph fired in the winner from 25 yards.

All three of Villa's goals came against the run of play, as Saints were made to pay for their failure to turn their domination into goals.

Having lost at Arsenal and Chelsea, this defeat saw Southampton fall to three defeats on the trot for the first time since Mauricio Pochettino's arrival in January.

Saints began brightly and captain Adam Lallana saw a cross clip the bar, before Agbonlahor showed pace and composure to net the opener after 15 minutes.

Agbonlahor turned Maya Yoshida on the halfway line to latch on to a hopeful Delph through ball, burst forward and cut past the sliding Dejan Lovren before coolly slotting home.

It was just the third goal Southampton have conceded at home this season and one they quickly attempted to make amends for.

Rodriguez met a looped Nathaniel Clyne cross with an incredibly powerful header, but Guzan was alert to acrobatically turn the ball around the post and Lovren had a header blocked from the resulting corner.

A great last-ditch Ciaran Clark interception denied Lallana another chance at goal as Saints continued to up the ante, with Pochettino bringing on Osvaldo for James Ward-Prowse after just 38 minutes in search of a change in fortunes.

Dominant Saints

Karim El Ahmadi was inches away from shocking Saints again moments into the second half, only for Rodriguez to head home Clyne's cross at the other end shortly afterwards.

It was no less than Saints deserved after dominating possession, although Villa again caught them out again through Kozak - starting in attack instead of Christian Benteke, dropped after seven scoreless matches.

Jack Cork was caught out by El Ahmadi on the right flank and the Morocco international's cross was turned home by Kozak.

It was the summer signing's last action of note, replaced immediately by Benteke who saw penalty appeals waved away soon after.

Saints were soon level again, though. Substitute Jose Fonte sent a fine right-wing cross to Lambert, whose knock-back was bundled home by Osvaldo.

Rodriguez came close to making it 3-2 moments later with a fine header, only for Villa to again go ahead and in some style.

Again against the run of play, Delph was given space to voyage forwards and struck home an outstanding 25-yard effort into the top corner.

Saints pushed for yet another leveller, but were unable to save their unbeaten home record.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 18 45
2 Manchester City 18 42
3 Manchester United 18 35
4 Southampton 18 32
5 West Ham United 18 31
6 Arsenal 18 30
7 Tottenham Hotspur 18 30
8 Swansea City 18 28
9 Liverpool 18 25
10 Newcastle United 18 23
11 Stoke City 18 22
12 Everton 18 21
13 Aston Villa 18 20
14 Sunderland 18 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 18 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 18 17
17 Hull City 18 16
18 Crystal Palace 18 15
19 Burnley 18 15
20 Leicester City 18 10

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