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Rickie Lambert inspired Southampton to collect their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season as they beat Aston Villa 4-1 at St Mary's. Southampton came into the match at the bottom of the table after four defeats but secured three points as their 30-year-old talisman netted twice and set up another.
Their struggling start in the Barclays Premier League had looked set to continue after Darren Bent broke the deadlock in the first half, but Lambert drew the hosts level in the second half after firing home under pressure and the match turned on its head five minutes later. Nathaniel Clyne slotted home from close range after latching on to a through-ball from Gaston Ramirez before Jason Puncheon's shot went in off Ciaran Clark after he has collected a pass from Lambert, who netted his second of the day from the spot in stoppage time.
Recent acquisitions Maya Yoshida and Ramirez were handed their first starts for the hosts, as was Paulo Gazzaniga, the 20-year-old Argentinian goalkeeper who joined the club from Gillingham in the summer and was one of three changes made after the 6-1 hiding at Arsenal last weekend.
Southampton set the early pressure but most of their shots came from long range. Adam Lallana attempted an overhead kick during a penalty box melee on the half-hour mark that was caught comfortably by Brad Guzan and when Villa broke, Stephen Ireland's deep cross was volleyed wide by Barry Bannan.
Bent handed Villa a 36th-minute lead after Ireland's mis-hit shot fell to him to tap home and give the away side a half-time lead.
After the break Villa were playing confidently with Bent forcing Gazzaniga into action at his near post after latching on to a through-ball by Christian Benteke. The Belgium forward then met a Bannan corner with a powerful header that flew just over.
After having a penalty appeal waved away, Lambert expertly controlled a Lallana cross from the right and lashed in under pressure from four Villa defenders in the 58th minute. Five minutes later, Southampton were in the lead through Clyne. Having started the move, the defender burst into the box and collected a Ramirez pass to slot home from close range.
Clark's own goal doubled the hosts' lead, after Puncheon had collected a pass from Lambert and unleashed a shot from the edge of the six-yard box. Emmanuel Mayuka replaced the winger and curled inches wide in the 78th minute, before seeing a shot saved at the near post. He set up the fourth when he was brought down in the area by Guzan in stoppage time, Lambert making no mistake from the spot-kick.
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