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Aston Villa ended a difficult week with a welcome point against Southampton.

Christian Benteke, pictured, scored from the penalty spot to claim all three points for Villa

Villa take points in seven-goal thriller

Christian Benteke's second-half penalty settled a remarkable West Midlands derby as Aston Villa came from 2-0 down to edge a seven-goal thriller 4-3.

Aston Villa 4 West Brom 3: Baggies surrender early two-goal lead as Villans edge goal fest

Christian Benteke's second-half penalty settled a remarkable West Midlands derby as Aston Villa came from 2-0 down to edge a seven-goal thriller 4-3.

Fixtures

Stoke City 2 Aston Villa 1: Peter Crouch fires winner to secure back-to-back home wins

Peter Crouch scored the winner as Stoke secured bragging rights in the Midlands with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at the Britannia Stadium.

Christian Benteke is without a goal in his last 10 Villa appearances

Lambert backs under-fire Benteke

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is sure Christian Benteke will be feeling determined to respond to criticism of his form by "ramming it back down the throats" of his detractors.
Patrice Evra fires home the second goal

Young helps United progress

Ashley Young scored his first goal in over 19 months before setting up Patrice Evra to send Manchester United into the Capital One Cup semi-finals with victory over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
Wilfried Zaha, right, came on as a substitute in the win over Aston Villa

Moyes: No loan approaches for Zaha

Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed he has not fielded any requests to take Wilfried Zaha on loan - but admits the winger could be allowed to leave on a temporary basis if the circumstances are right.

'We have to play better' - David Moyes eyes continued improvement after win

David Moyes was satisfied with Manchester United's 3-0 victory at Villa Park though he accepts more improvements need to be made.

Aston Villa v Manchester United team news: Darren Fletcher among the substitutes

Darren Fletcher was named on the bench as Manchester United looked to avoid suffering a hat-trick of Premier League defeats for the first time since December 2001 as they took on Aston Villa.

Jay Rodriguez, second left, celebrates Southampton's equaliser

Rodriguez earns point for Saints

Jay Rodriguez denied Newcastle boss Alan Pardew a fourth successive home victory as Southampton came from behind to draw 1-1.