BPL Monday: Aston Villa snap Southampton’s shut out streak

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It took 439 minutes, but Southampton finally conceded a goal. The last one came back on October 5th in a 1-0 loss to Tottenham.

On Monday, it came against the unlikeliest of opponents as Southampton rallied to a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.

Villa has the worst offensive record so far in the Premier League, but were able to find the back of the net. Gabriel Agbonlahor gave Villa an advantage in the 29th minute. Ciaran Clark played a long ball over the top and Southampton made a mess of it. Toby Alderweireld deferred to goalkeeper Fraser Forster. However, Agbonlahor reached it first, rounded Forster and slotted the ball into the empty net for the lead.

While Southampton was chasing the game, they certainly were buoyed by the fact Villa hasn’t had a strong defensive record. Villa frustrated the Saints for the majority of the match, but fell short of the mark.

Southampton found the equalizer with nine minutes remaining to play. Ryan Bertrand centered a pass from the left, which picked out Nathaniel Clyne‘s late run. The defender made no mistake as he fired a lot shot past Brad Guzan.

The draw is costly for the Saints. As the only side in striking distance of Chelsea at the top of the table, Southampton needed all three points to keep pace. Now the Saints fall six points behind, but the way the Blues have been playing that’s as good as miles apart.

Villa moves into 16th place after two consecutive draws against two sides in good form first against West Ham and the most recent against the Saints. Those results could build confidence and propel Villa further up the table after a poor start.

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