Aston Villa sealed a much-needed point after Southampton came from a goal down to rescue a 1-1 draw at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon.
- Southampton 1 Aston Villa 1
- Saints squander several chances
- Lescott fires Villans in front
- Romeu nets equaliser
- Villa secure much-needed point
Southampton started the game very well and squandered several good chances to go ahead early on. And the Villans shocked the hosts just before the half-time break when Joleon Lescott prodded home the opener at the far post.
The Saints again made a good start to the second half and were back on level pegging when substitute Oriol Romeu fired home his first goal for the club.
The Saints came flying out the blocks and created two quick-fire chances in the opening five minutes. Dusan Tadic fired over after latching on to a Sadio Mane pass, while Pelle side-footed over the bar following a good cross into the danger area.
They continued to create chances as a woeful Villa defence struggled to come to grips with their opponents. Victor Wanyama headed wide at the far post when it would have been easier to score, while Mane somehow failed to hit the target from just 15 yards out.
Aston Villa eventually managed to lodge their first shot on goal in the 17th minute, although Leandro Bacuna saw his shot from just outside the area fly wide of the mark.
That missed chance only served to fire up the hosts, though, who saw Jose Fonte's close-range shot cleared off the line by Rudy Gestede. The rebound fell to Mane, who inexplicably put his header over the bar.
Later efforts from James Ward-Prowse and Pelle were striaght at the grateful Brad Guzan in the Villa goal as a wasteful Southampton failed to make their chances count.
And they were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as Lescott broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time. The Saints switched off at a corner aas the ball into the box was missed by the man at the near post, allowing Lescott to prod home from just three yards out.
Southampton were quick out the blocks to start the second half and Mane had a shot blocked away by Lescott just two minutes after the restart.
Jordan Ayew had two shots deflected just wide of the mark as Villa looked to add to their lead with incisive counter-attacks.
The Saints, though, were nearly back on level terms just past the hour mark when Alan Hutton bravely deflected Steven Davis' effort over the bar.
They did get back on level terms in the 73rd minute, however, when substitute Oriol Romeu stabbed home a corner at the far post to net his first goal for the club.
Romey could have added another late on, but just about fired his low, left-footed drive wide of the far post.