• English Barclays Premier League
  • 12 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Villa Park
  • Attendance: 32,500
Aston VillaAston VillavSouthamptonSouthampton
  • Lambert, pen 34

live commentary


90 mins:Weimann is booked for dissent with the full time whistle fast approaching.

90 mins:Boruc receives a late booking for time wasting.

90 mins:Benteke should score as Agbonlahor's shot is parried by the keeper straight into this path but he side-foots wide with the goal gaping.

90 mins:So close to an equaliser as Baker gets on the end of a corner and his header hits the crossbar! What a chance.

89 mins:Benteke is denied by Boruc with a low shot from the edge of the box.

87 mins:Steve De Ridder comes on for Shaw as he is stretchered down the tunnel.

85 mins:Shaw goes down with an injury and the stretcher is being called. This is worrying for Adkins and the talented youngster.

83 mins:Benteke meets Bannan's free-kick and heads downwards into the goalmouth but Boruc beats Weimann to the loose ball.

82 mins:Steven Davis comes on against his former club. Puncheon makes way.

80 mins:Benteke turns his man inside the box and gets the ball onto his right foot before curling a shot just over the bar.

79 mins:Ashley Westwood comes off for Jordan Bowery.

78 mins:Benteke twists and turns on the edge of the box before lifting a left footed shot high and wide of the target.

77 mins:Danny Fox comes on for Ramirez.

75 mins:Schneiderlin gets behind the Villa defence and finds space for a shot but it is a weak effort and Guzan makes a comfortable save.

73 mins:Will Southampton be made to rue Puncheon's shot off the post? Villa are trying to apply some pressure but so far it has been to no avail.

71 mins:Bannan curls a free-kick into the mixer but it is just too high for Benteke who can't leap high enough to get a good connection with his header.

68 mins:Puncheon cuts in from the left and hits the post with a shot on the edge of the box!

65 mins:Benteke is inches away from connecting with a cross in the goalmouth but Maya Yoshida just beats him to it.

63 mins:N'Zogbia makes way for Agbonlahor.

62 mins:N'Zogbia gets a shot away from the left side of the box but doesn't have the beating of Boruc from a difficult angle.

60 mins:Gabriel Agbonlahor is getting stripped off on the touchline and will be coming on soon for the home side.

57 mins:Benteke tries to work his way into the box but is watched closely by Jos Hooiveld who steers him away from goal.

55 mins:This is a good spell for Villa and the home crowd are getting behind their side. Can they find an equaliser?

52 mins:Stevens drives a powerful shot goal-wards and Boruc is called into action again with a fine reflex save, before Benteke puts the rebound over from six yards.

50 mins:Weimann runs at the Saints defence and lets fly with his left foot, forcing a decent save out of Boruc down to his left.

48 mins:Benteke links up with Weimann who finds his way into the box but his cross is cut out by Boruc.

46 mins:Holman is replaced by Barry Bannan at half-time.

46 mins:The second half is underway at Villa Park.


44 mins:Shaw gets into an attacking area again and drifts into the box but is denied by Guzan at his near post.

43 mins:Villa have not forced a save out of Boruc so far in this first half. This is not the response Paul Lambert will have had in mind after their shock defeat to Bradford.

41 mins:Southampton's corner is cleared but only as far as Jack Cork who blazes a shot over from 25-yards.

38 mins:Rickie Lambert has now scored 29 out of 29 penalties. What a record.

36 mins:Villa respond to going behind as Brett Holman sees a shot deflected behind, before Artur Boruc collects the resulting corner.

34 mins:GOAL! ASTON VILLA 0-1 SOUTHAMPTON: He doesn't miss! LAMBERT steps up and sends Guzan the wrong way, burying the spot-kick in the top right corner.

33 mins:Penalty for Southampton as Rodriguez goes down inside the box, although replays show there was minimal contact from Stevens.

32 mins:N'Zogbia attacks a loose ball 20-yards out and his left footed shot deflects behind for a corner.

30 mins:Patient build-up play from Saints and the move ends with Puncheon who lashes a shot into the Holte End from just inside the box.

28 mins:Luke Shaw lets fly from 25-yards and pulls the shot wide of the far post. Decent attempt from the young full-back.

26 mins:Puncheon gets a shot away from outside the box but it is blocked by Nathan Baker. Southampton are starting to dominate the game.

23 mins:Jason Puncheon crosses from the right and finds Rodriguez but his glancing header bounces wide of the far post.

21 mins:The ball breaks kindly for Andreas Weimann and he goes through on goal but is pulled back for offside.

19 mins:The visitors are starting to see more of the ball and frustration is settling in around Villa Park.

16 mins:Jay Rodriguez flies down the right and bursts into the box. He puts the ball into the goalmouth but Clark reads the danger and cuts out the pass.

14 mins:Good break from the visitors as Gaston Ramirez plays through Schneiderlin inside the box, but his low cross is hacked away by Ciaran Clark.

12 mins:Rickie Lambert is yet to get involved for the visitors. He picks up the ball on the edge of the box but his first touch lets him down and gifts possession back to Villa.

10 mins:Southampton throw players for a free-kick in a decent position, but Morgan Schneiderlin's cross is plucked out of the air by Brad Guzan.

8 mins:The home crowd are encouraged by this start but Nigel Adkins isn't. He's on the edge of the technical area shouting out orders to his side.

6 mins:Benteke goes for goal again, this time from just inside the box, but curls his effort high and wide.

5 mins:Christian Benteke shoots on the turn from 20-yards and his shot deflects behind for a corner. This is a positive start from the home side.

4 mins:Villa catch Southampton on the break and Charles N'Zogbia bears down on goal, but Nathaniel Clyne recovers well to defend the situation.

2 mins:There is a surprisingly good atmosphere around Villa Park given their midweek Capital One cup defeat at Bradford. How will Paul Lambert's side respond?

1 mins:Referee Mark Halsey gets the game underway.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 12 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Villa Park
  • Attendance: 32,500
Aston VillaAston VillavSouthamptonSouthampton
  • Lambert, pen 34

match report

Paul Lambert suffered yet more misery as his Aston Villa side dropped into the bottom three after suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton.

Saints leapfrogged their opponents and into 15th place after recording their first win in five matches and only their second away win of the season thanks to skipper Rickie Lambert.

The decisive moment in the game was tinged with controversy as Enda Stevens appeared to make little contact challenging Jay Rodriguez in the penalty area but Mark Halsey was in little doubt as he pointed to the spot.

Lambert made no mistake from 12 yards, scoring his ninth Premier League goal of the campaign and his 97th goal in 179 games. The striker also maintained his 100 per cent career record from the spot - a perfect 29 out of 29.

Villa boss Lambert brought on Barry Bannan for Brett Holman at the start of the second period and his side showed more purpose.

Artur Boruc parried Andreas Weimann's left-footed effort and then Christian Benteke hooked the ball over the bar after the 'keeper had denied Stevens.

Brad Guzan was relieved when Jason Puncheon crashed a fierce low drive against the near post.

Villa then staged a late rally as Boruc kept out Benteke's towering header.

The Pole was powerless to stop Nathan Baker's header but it crashed against the crossbar from Bannan's corner.

Benteke then shot wide after Boruc had bravely saved at the feet of Gabriel Agbonlahor as the Saints survived to seal all three points and complete a league double over their opponents.

The harsh reality is Villa have now taken only one point from their last five league games and look set for a season-long battle to stay up. It completed a miserable week after the Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg setback at Bradford.

Saints have now collected 17 points from their last 11 games - a sharp contrast to losing eight of their initial 10 games back in the top flight.

team line-up

22Brad Guzan
6Ciaran Clark
34Matthew Lowton
29Enda Stevens
32Nathan Baker
10Charles N'Zogbia62
16Fabian Delph
26Andreas Weimann
14Brett Holman45
15Ashley Westwood78
20Christian Benteke


7Stephen Ireland
30Eric Lichaj
25Barry Bannan45
21Jordan Bowery78
33Andy Marshall
11Gabriel Agbonlahor62
4Ron Vlaar


Mark Halsey

team line-up

31Artur Boruc
2Nathaniel Clyne
3Maya Yoshida
5Jos Hooiveld
23Luke Shaw87
42Jason Puncheon82
4Morgan Schneiderlin
7Rickie Lambert
18Jack Cork
10Gastón Ramírez76
9Jay Rodriguez


33Steve De Ridder87
13Daniel Fox76
1Kelvin Davis
19Tadanari Lee
8Steven Davis82
16James Ward-Prowse
25Daniel Seaborne


Mark Halsey

match stats

possession %5149
shots on target54
shots off target68
tackles won1814