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Penalty awarded for a foul by Bradley Guzan on Emmanuel Mayuka. Bradley Guzan goes into the referee's book. Rickie Lambert scores a power penalty. Southampton 4-1 Aston Villa.Emmanuel Mayuka provided the assist for the goal.
Darren Bent has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Rickie Lambert takes a shot from long distance which goes wide right of the target.
Adam Lallana fouled by Joe Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Gaston Ramirez from right wing.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood, clearance made by Rickie Lambert.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Lowton, Gaston Ramirez manages to make a clearance.
Emmanuel Mayuka is caught offside. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Emmanuel Mayuka takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a comfortable save.
Effort from the edge of the area by Ashley Westwood goes wide of the right-hand post.
Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin on Christian Benteke, free kick awarded. Darren Bent fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Jose Fonte fouled by Darren Bent, the ref awards a free kick. James Ward-Prowse joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Davis. Direct free kick taken by Maya Yoshida.
Emmanuel Mayuka produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Frazer Richardson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Fonte restarts play with the free kick.
Emmanuel Mayuka challenges Joe Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Westwood on Adam Lallana. Adam Lallana crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Ciaran Clark.
Gaston Ramirez is caught offside. Emmanuel Mayuka is brought on as a substitute for Jason Puncheon. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Jason Puncheon from 6 yards. An own goal is scored by Ciaran Clark. Southampton 3-1 Aston Villa.Jason Puncheon provided the assist for the goal. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Westwood, clearance made by Rickie Lambert.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Adam Lallana. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Joe Bennett is brought on as a substitute for Eric Lichaj. Barry Bannan goes off and Gabriel Agbonlahor comes on.
Nathaniel Clyne goes into the book.
Goal scored by Nathaniel Clyne from close in low into the middle of the goal. Southampton 2-1 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Gaston Ramirez.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Gaston Ramirez. Jose Fonte takes the free kick.
Matthew Lowton produces a cross, save made by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Adam Lallana produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
A cross is delivered by Adam Lallana, Goal scored by Rickie Lambert from the edge of the area to the top left corner of the goal. Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa.Assist by Adam Lallana.
Eric Lichaj concedes a free kick for a foul on Morgan Schneiderlin. Eric Lichaj is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Frazer Richardson.
Christian Benteke is caught offside. Paulo Gazzaniga restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jason Puncheon. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Barry Bannan, Jose Fonte makes a clearance. Corner taken by Barry Bannan from the left by-line, Christian Benteke has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Frazer Richardson replaces Daniel Fox. Ashley Westwood comes on in place of Stephen Ireland.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Lowton, clearance made by Maya Yoshida.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rickie Lambert by Ron Vlaar. Ron Vlaar is booked. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adam Lallana from left channel, clearance by Darren Bent.
The offside flag is raised against Darren Bent. Indirect free kick taken by Maya Yoshida.
Centre by Nathaniel Clyne, clearance made by Matthew Lowton.
A cross is delivered by Brett Holman, Paulo Gazzaniga makes a comfortable save.
Stephen Ireland takes a shot. A goal is scored by Darren Bent from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa.Stephen Ireland provided the assist for the goal.
The official flags Adam Lallana offside. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Adam Lallana, clearance by Eric Lichaj.
Shot from just outside the area by Barry Bannan misses to the right of the target.
Effort on goal by Adam Lallana from 12 yards. Save made by Bradley Guzan.
Unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by Matthew Lowton results in a free kick. Morgan Schneiderlin restarts play with the free kick.
Brett Holman challenges Adam Lallana unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
Adam Lallana delivers the ball, Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.
Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin on Stephen Ireland, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Karim El Ahmadi.
Gaston Ramirez produces a cross, Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Jason Puncheon by Karim El Ahmadi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
A cross is delivered by Eric Lichaj, save made by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Gaston Ramirez goes wide right of the target.
Karim El Ahmadi fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Karim El Ahmadi.
Foul by Daniel Fox on Brett Holman, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Barry Bannan, clearance made by Jose Fonte.
Shot from outside the box by Steven Davis goes wide right of the target.
Effort on goal by Rickie Lambert from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Benteke on Jose Fonte. Direct free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.
The ball is crossed by Morgan Schneiderlin, Bradley Guzan makes a comfortable save.
Darren Bent is ruled offside. Jose Fonte takes the free kick.
Jason Puncheon sends in a cross, clearance by Matthew Lowton.
Rickie Lambert is caught offside. Free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.
Puncheon refuses to dwell on past
Jason Puncheon is surprised some have written off Southampton's survival chances already but thinks it could play into the south coast side's hands.
Saints have lost their first four matches back in the top flight, leading some to suggest that manager Nigel Adkins' position is in jeopardy and relegation back to the Championship beckons.
Puncheon could not help but smile when told of such gloomy predictions and, rather than focus on the start to the season, was keen to focus on the positives heading into the clash with Aston Villa.
"[Being written off] is always a good thing you know because we can use that," the 26-year-old said. "We're always going to be the underdogs as people would say.
"If you're totally honest, if you look at the Man United and Man City games we didn't let them get in their stride.
"We held our own and the good thing is we can only better. We have got no points on the board, being 'rubbish' if everyone wants to say that.
"In football, there is always thin margins. People always say 'they could have done this', 'they could have done that' but now we have got to put things into action ourselves.
"We have a big game on Saturday and three points are needed.
"The season starts now so you take the positives from those games we've played into the game on Saturday."
New boys Gaston Ramirez and Maya Yoshida are pushing for full debuts.
The pair came off the bench in last weekend's 6-1 thrashing by Arsenal with the latter replacing Jos Hooiveld, who is optimistic of returning from the calf injury which forced him off.
Guly do Prado could return after being left out of the squad at the Emirates Stadium, while Jack Cork has overcome an ankle problem picked up in pre-season.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has branded speculation over the future of counterpart Adkins "ridiculous" as they prepare to do battle.
Villa boss Lambert, whose own side endured a tricky opening few weeks before registering their first win against Swansea a week ago, is sympathetic towards his rival.
"It's getting a bit silly now," he said. "With what he's done for them, and when it's only four games into the season, I think it's a bit ridiculous. But football is like that - you just never know what's around the corner.
"It's getting harder and harder every year but I think that's really unfair.
"Nigel's done a great job at Southampton.
"In the last few years they have done fantastically well getting promoted twice.
"The Premier League is an unforgiving division. Every game is hard, whoever you are playing. It doesn't matter if it's a side in the top six or bottom six. It's a hard, hard league."
Villa fans are eager to see more of recent signing Christian Benteke after the striker's goalscoring cameo against Swansea.
The Belgium international is pushing for a place alongside Darren Bent on the south coast and Lambert reckons the young forward is an exciting proposition.
"Benteke is only 21, that's what you have to remember," the Scot said. "He's only a kid and he's just starting his career. But his role in the last 15 minutes or so against Swansea was excellent.
"He came over after playing a hard game for his national team in the week, coming back and playing for us, doing what he did, was excellent.
"He's only 21 and he'll make mistakes like everybody else but I thought he was excellent.
"He'll certainly give us a hand. There's no two ways about it - he's a big presence up there and his presence alone will un-nerve a few people. I was delighted with his contribution against Swansea, as I was with everybody's.
"The whole team was excellent."
Lambert has no new injury concerns but faces a decision over whether to throw Benteke in or keep Andreas Weimann up front.
Lambert has Chris Herd and Fabian Delph available after injuries but Marc Albrighton (foot) is not quite ready and Richard Dunne (groin) and Gary Gardner (ligaments) are long-term absentees.
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