Premier League 2

Aston Villa go top with four-goal win

16 Jan 2018
Southampton v Aston Villa, PL2

Villans beat Southampton 4-1 to edge ahead of Middlesbrough by goals scored in Division 2 title race

Aston Villa moved to the top of Division 2 as a flurry of first-half goals helped them win 4-1 at Southampton.

Andre Green's fine finish put Villa 1-0 up on 24 minutes at Staplewood, before Harry McKirdy converted a penalty and set up Aaron Tshibola to slot in the visitors' third on 39 minutes. 

Sam McQueen gave Saints hope with a low drive just before half-time, but captain Easah Suliman hit a fourth for the visitors late on.

Villa are on 27 points, ahead of second-placed Middlesbrough because they have scored more goals, while third-placed Reading are only behind on goal difference. Southampton remain ninth.  

See: Southampton report | Villa report

Next fixtures

Saints: 22 Jan v Watford (A) PL Cup
Villa: 22 Jan v West Brom (A) PL Cup

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