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Summary

  1. Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Cissokho; Sanchez, Westwood, Gueye; Bacuna, Ayew, Sanchez.
  2. Southampton XI: Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Romeu, Wanyama; Tadic, Davis, Rodriguez; Long.

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Right, that's it from me. Thanks for reading, head on over to the main Saturday live text for reaction to this and all the day's other games.

  2. FULL-TIME

    Aston Villa 2-4 Southampton

    And that's that. An entertaining game in which Villa put up a pretty good showing going forward, but were truly horrendous at the back. They suffer a 10th straight loss, while Southampton keep alive their faint hopes of European football.

  3. GOAL - Sadio Mane

    Aston Villa 2-4 Southampton

    Sadio Mane celebrates

    More charitable defending from Aston Villa snuffs out any hope of a late fightback. Sadio Mane is afforded the freedom of the six-yard box to nod a glancing header past Guzan.

  4. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-3 Southampton

    Yet again though, Villa nearly shoot themselves in the foot at the back. Brad Guzan's clearance is poor, Southampton recycle the ball to Shane Long and he almost tests out the keeper, just rippling the side netting.

  5. GOAL - Ashley Westwood

    Aston Villa 2-3 Southampton

    Ashley Westwood celebrates

    Well, whadda you know? Villa reduce the deficit again. Jack Grealish crosses from the right, Rudy Gestede misses comically with his effort, but the ball comes through to Westwood, who finishes nicely with a curling first-time effort from the edge of the area.

  6. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-3 Southampton

    They haven't stopped trying, Villa, even in the most trying of circumstances. Alan Hutton bursts down the right and stings the palms of Fraser Forster with a firm shot.

  7. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-3 Southampton

    Protest paper planes

    The pitch, by the way, is littered with paper planes made out of those protest cards.

  8. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-3 Southampton

    Goodness me, nearly another goal on a plate for Southampton. Steven Davis sends in a cross, Brad Guzan comes for it but can only bat it down to the feet of Shane Long, who stabs over the bar.

  9. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-3 Southampton

    Joleon Lescott looks dejected

    It's sad to see what's happening to Joleon Lescott, to be honest. He's been torn apart this afternoon. Sadio Mane absolutely scorches and cuts the ball back, and only the intervention of young Kevin Toner prevents a fourth goal.

  10. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-3 Southampton

    Aston Villa fans

    The Aston Villa supporters are staging a protest. Almost every Villa fan in the ground is holding up a card saying 'Proud history, what future?'

  11. GOAL - Dusan Tadic

    Aston Villa 1-3 Southampton

    Dusan Tadic celebrates

    Well, that will surely settle the issue. Shane Long bursts onto a good channel ball, holds the ball up nicely, drawing three defenders, slips the ball inside to Tadic and the Serb finishes confidently from the edge of the area, firing low into the corner. Villa haven't played badly, but they are so, so fragile at the back.

  12. SUBSTITUTION

    Aston Villa 1-2 Southampton

    Jay Rodriguez has had a good run-out on his first Premier League start since October. He's replaced by Sadio Mane.

  13. SUBSTITUTION

    Aston Villa 1-2 Southampton

    We haven't seen nearly enough of Jack Grealish this season. So many great things were expected of him after last year but he's barely featured. Anyhow, he's on now, in place of Carlos Sanchez.

  14. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Southampton

    Villa are still giving it a go. Aly Cissokho bursts down the left and whips a good cross, but Rudy Gestede can't quite contort his body to direct it on target.

  15. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Southampton

    That sums it up for Aston Villa. Scott Sinclair makes a really good run, keeping his balance and beating a couple of challenges, but once he's scampered out wide his cross is awful. Lots of endeavour, not much quality.

  16. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Southampton

    Rodriguez tries a shot from range, but Guzan is comfortably behind it.

  17. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 1-2 Southampton

    Southampton are turning up the heat here. Steven Davis tries to catch Brad Guzan out with a cheeky free-kick from a tight angle and the keeper has to be alert to turn it over the bar.

  18. SUBSTITUTION

    Aston Villa 1-2 Southampton

    That's an odd change. Jordan Ayew has been Villa's liveliest player for me, but he's hooked. Rudy Gestede is on. That substitution is roundly booed.

  19. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Southampton

    Carlos Sanchez and Dusan Tadic in action

    Villa are on the rack here. This time Dusan Tadic pokes a great through ball through and Shane Long times his run to perfection, but Brad Guzan stands up well and repels the Irishman's shot.

  20. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 1-2 Southampton

    Virgil van Dijk wriggles his way into the area, Cedric flashes the ball across the face of goal and Jay Rodriguez is only denied his first goal since March 2013 by a good block from Joleon Lescott.