A stunning strike from Fabian Delph gave Aston Villa a 3-2 win over Southampton in the Premier League.
Delph fired a 30-yard-effort into the top corner 10 minutes from time in a thrilling game. Villa had led twice through Gabriel Agbonlahor and Libor Kozak but Jay Rodriguez and Danny Osvaldo hit back for the Saints.
The home side enjoyed most of the possession in the first half with Rodriguez’s swerving shot from 25 yards pushed onto the post by Brad Guzan early on.
But they fell behind when Agbonlahor dribbled into the box and beat his marker before coolly slotting the ball in with Villa’s first attack.
The Saints continued to dominate with Rodriguez’s header palmed away from Guzan.
Their possession was rewarded soon after the break when Rodriguez’s header from Nathaniel Clyne’s cross flew into the corner.
But Villa regained the lead when Karim El Ahmadi’s cross from the right was headed in by Kozak.
Their lead lasted just five minutes though as Osvaldo headed in Rickie Lambert’s tee-up to make it 2-2.
But Villa hit back when Delph fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner to seal victory for the visitors.
13’ – SAINTS HIT THE POST: Rodriguez’s swerving shot from 25 yards out, Guzan did enough to palm it onto the woodwork
15’ – GOAL FOR VILLA: Agbonlahor sprints into the box scores with a cool finish after Lallana gave the ball away.
26’ – GUZAN SAVE: Great save from Guzan to tip Rodriguez's header away after Clyne's cross.
48’ – SAINTS EQUALISE: A bullet header from Rodriguez from Clyne’s pinpoint cross.
64’ - VILLA REGAIN THE LEAD: Kozak heads Villa back into the lead after El Ahmadi's cross.
69’ – SAINTS EQUALISE: Osvaldo heads in Lambert’s header across goal to make it 2-2.
73’ – GUZAN SAVE: Guzan gets his fingertips to Rodriguez’s header to force a corner.
80’ – DELPH WINNER: Delph runs towards goal and unleashes a stunning shot into the top corner.
The Saints had 77 per cent of possession in the first half.
Gabriel Agbonlahor scored his first goal of the season.
Have the Saints been found out? They had most of the possession but come away with nothing. Southampton looked vulnerable on the counter attack and Villa exploited that.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) - The keeper made key saves, especially from Rodriguez in the first half, and on another night the Saints would have come away with three points.
Southampton: Gazzaniga 4, Clyne 6, Yoshida 4, Lovren 5, Shaw 6, Wanyama 5, Davis 5, Ward-Prowse 6, Lallana 7, Rodriguez 7, Lambert 5. Subs: Fonte 5, Osvaldo 6, Cork 4.
Aston Villa: Guzan 8, Bacuna 5, Clark 6, Vlaar 5, Baker 5, Luna 5, El Ahmadi 6, Delph 7, Westwood 5, Kozak 7, Agbonlahor 7 Subs: Weirmann 4, Benteke 5, Lowton 5.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Brad Guzan
- Jay Rodriguez
- Gabriel Agbonlahor
- Fabian Delph