Southampton went into this game unbeaten at home so far this season as they hosted Aston Villa who have been in fine form away from Villa Park.

The Saints made a lively start and nearly scored when Adam Lallana’s cross ricocheted onto the crossbar, but Aston Villa broke the deadlock with their first attack.

Villa hit on the break after Fabian Delph won the ball at the edge of his own box and played in Gabriel Agbonlahor who evaded Dejan Lovren to score his first goal of the season.

Southampton searched for an equaliser and created opportunities including Jay Rodriguez forcing Brad Guzan to palm away a powerful header. A few minutes into the second half and Rodriguez headed in from a cross by Nathaniel Clyne.

The Saints continued to create plenty of opportunities but it was Villa who went ahead when Jack Cork lost possession to Karim El Ahmadi who played a cross that Libor Kozak headed past Paulo Gazzaniga.

Cork atoned for his earlier mistake by crossing the ball deep which Rickie Lambert headed across the Villa goal for Dani Osvaldo to head in an equaliser.

However, Villa took the lead for the third time in the match when Delph went on a mazy run and through the Southampton team and scored.

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