Premier League
Aston VillaAston Villa1SouthamptonSouthampton1
By Tom RostanceBBC Sport
Nathaniel Clyne
Nathaniel Clyne made his England debut in the recent international break
  • Villa without win since mid-September
  • Lowest league attendance at Villa Park in 15 years
  • Agbonlahor goal first conceded by Saints in 439 mins
  • Only five shots on target in whole game

Nathaniel Clyne denied Aston Villa a much-needed win as his late goal rescued a point for a disappointing Southampton side.

The England right-back buried Ryan Bertrand's cross to reduce the gap on leaders Chelsea to six points.

Villa went ahead when Gabriel Agbonlahor took advantage of an error of judgement from Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster to score.

But Saints' pressure finally told when Clyne side-footed home from 12 yards.

Ronald Koeman's side dominated possession - completing 229 passes more than the hosts - and undoubtedly deserved a share of the spoils.

But with their next three games coming against Manchester City,Arsenal and Manchester United, Koeman will be concerned at the lack of quality in the final third on display from his side against Villa's packed defence.

Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live
"Southampton have got more quality, but you have to give Aston Villa a lot of credit - the way the entire team put a tremendous shift in.
"They played on the counter attack, tried to nick a result, and you will see that for most of the season from Villa.
"They are not a team who are going to pass it around but they have a lot of pace and a lot of power."

They managed only four shots on target all evening, and Villa keeper Brad Guzan had rarely been forced into serious action until Clyne's well-taken finish nine minutes from time.

Villa stopped a run of three straight home defeats but have not won since beating Liverpool on 13 September.

And few of the crowd of 25,311 - the lowest league attendance at Villa Park since December 1999 - will remember Paul Lambert's 100th game in charge with much fondness.

Saints draw a good point - Lambert

Lambert's side have scored just six league goals in 12 games and Agbonlahor's opener was their only genuine attempt in an evening where they lined up to frustrate Southampton and hit on the break.

It was a limited gameplan, but one which worked for the opening goal. Ciaran Clark's hammered clearance split the Southampton central defenders and Agbonlahor made the most of hesitation between Toby Alderweireld and Forster to nip in and steer home from a tight angle.

Southampton continued to probe for an opening but with Shane Long struggling in the hole behind Graziano Pelle, they failed to test Guzan until after the hour mark.

Jose Fonte's low effort then forced Guzan to nervously kick clear before Dusan Tadic rattled in a free-kick which was well dealt with.

Saints needed more patience - Koeman

For all of Southampton's play, Villa had the chance to wrap up the win when they broke from a Saints corner, but Andreas Weimann was unable to steer home Agbonlahor's cross.

It was a crucial miss as moments later Southampton finally found a way through.

Bertrand beat his man on the left to pick out Clyne on the edge of the box, and with Agbonlahor slow to react, the full-back drove into the far corner.

Gabriel Agbonlahor
Only Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann have scored in the Premier League for Villa this season
Fraser Forster
Aston Villa have only managed 24 shots on target all season. They scored with their only one against Southampton
Nathaniel Cylne
Nathaniel Clyne has scored two goals in 12 league appearances this season, after managing only one in 59 before 2014-15

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 21Hutton
  • 5OkoreBooked at 72mins
  • 6Clark
  • 23Cissokho
  • 8Cleverley
  • 15Westwood
  • 24C SánchezSubstituted forBentat 74'minutes
  • 28N'ZogbiaSubstituted forRichardsonat 64'minutes
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 10Weimann

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 12Cole
  • 18Richardson
  • 19Bent
  • 31Given
  • 34Lowton
  • 40Grealish

Southampton

  • 23Forster
  • 2ClyneBooked at 83mins
  • 6José Fonte
  • 17Alderweireld
  • 21Bertrand
  • 12WanyamaBooked at 58mins
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 11Tadic
  • 7LongSubstituted forCorkat 89'minutes
  • 10ManéSubstituted forMayukaat 79'minutes
  • 19Pellè

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 3Yoshida
  • 5Gardos
  • 18Cork
  • 24Mayuka
  • 28Reed
  • 33Targett
Referee:
Phil Dowd
Attendance:
25,311

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home7
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Southampton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Southampton 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton).

  4. Post update

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

  6. Post update

    Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Jack Cork replaces Shane Long.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

  12. Post update

    Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton).

  14. Post update

    Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Booking

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

  17. Post update

    Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Aston Villa 1, Southampton 1. Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

  20. Post update

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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