Next Match: away to Fulham, December 08
Statistics highlight Southampton's dominance against Aston Villa, but manager Paul Lambert was only bothered by the goal column after his side became the first to win at St Mary's this season. Mauricio Pochettino's side enjoyed 77 per cent possession in the Barclays Premier League clash, having 21 shots and completing almost six times as many passes as Villa. Lambert's side only managed three shots on target but all found the back of the net, starting with Gabriel Agbonlahor's fine solo opener after 15 minutes. Libor Kozak nodded home Villa's second after Jay Rodriguez levelled, although Saints drew parity again through Dani Osvaldo. Lambert's side would not be denied, though, scoring against the run of play but in some style, with Fabian Delph's wondrous strike from distance proving the difference. "You show me a stat that wins you a game of football and I might try and buy it," Lambert said of the one-sided match facts. "I've had pats on my back in certain games when we've been turned over. It is not what you look for - you try and win. I thought we deserved to win the game. There have been times when we have had loads of the ball and got nothing. All you get is a pat on the back. We needed three points and I thought we were lethal in front of goal."