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Vlaar: Massive point for Villa

Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar said the 0-0 draw with Southampton earned them a "massive point" in their battle against relegation.

After four straight defeats, Villa desperately needed something from the game and ground out a point against a Saints team trying to finish their fine season on a high and with players such as Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw trying to earn a place in England's World Cup squad.

The point puts them on 35 points, five points above the drop zone, and centre-back Vlaar feels Villa still need another victory to ensure Premier League football next season.

"It's a point and after four losses we'll take it. We worked really hard to change something after the last few weeks," he said.

"Of course, we wanted to win. It didn't happen but Southampton are a good side and they play really good football.

"We'll look forward now and take the point. Thirty-five points - we definitely need another win. This is a good start for the next games."

Southampton dominated possession in the first hour of the game, but failed to make the most of their chances, with Villa relying on the odd counter-attack.

"They had some chances - so did we," Vlaar said. "Like I said they're a good side. So, I think we're all happy with a point. If you look at what happened last week, we had to lift ourselves."

Villa have a huge six-pointer with Swansea next, before they face Hull, Manchester City and Tottenham.

"We work from one game to another," Vlaar added. "It's not easy - we'll work really hard. But today was great with the fans behind us and I think it's a massive point for us."