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Summary

  1. Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Steven Davis, Wanyama, Long, Ward-Prowse, Mane, Pelle.
  2. Aston Villa: Given, Bacuna, Okore, Vlaar, Hutton, Cleverley, Westwood, Delph, N'Zogbia, Benteke, Grealish.

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By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

And there we have it, Southampton put in a stunning performance to leave Aston Villa shellshocked. Have a read of

Nabil Hassan's match report from St Mary's.

See you soon.

Manager reaction

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood: "It was unrecognisable from the team we had but credit to Southampton for punishing us for our mistakes, and there were a few.

"The defenders don't need to be told, the whole team are in it. I take responsibility for that. That is one bad 45 minutes since I have been at the club. As much as we feel sorry for the fans, it was not a bad turnaround.

"We have to win a game and then a Cup final, there is no point in me stripping paint off them. Any idiot knows we didn't play well, they don't need telling.

"If we beat Burnley next week, it is in our own hands and we will be safe. The Cup final is not even in our minds at the moment, because we are not safe yet."

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

Still waiting to hear from Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood. He may have locked his team inside the dressing room to give them a stern talking to.

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

The Southampton players are back on the pitch with wives, girlfriends and children. They perform a lap of honour in front of the crowd, as they are playing at home for the last time this season.

Manager reaction

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "I didn't expect that first half. We played fantastic football and had good movement and players running in to space. It was strange to see the opponents playing one line and we punished them for the space they gave.

"The goals were great and it is hard to keep concentration in the second half but the victory was well-deserved.

"It was incredible from Sadio Mane. A player like him, to get that kind of space, he will punish you. The whole team did a good job and I am proud.

Player reaction

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

Hat-trick scorer Sadio Mane: "Really? It is the fastest Premier League hat-trick? The most important thing today is the victory.

"We have a chance to finish in the Europa League spots. We will try to win the next game against Manchester City and why not win it?

"We have a great team and last week was not easy but we have to work hard every game."

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

Match of the Day commentator Simon Brotherton describes Aston Villa's performance as "wretched". Never has an adjective been so apt. They will be up there in the running order on BBC One tonight.

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

It will be interesting to hear Tim Sherwood's thoughts after this defeat. He is going to be seething.

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

Sadio Mane waves to the crowd and takes home the match ball. Well deserved.

Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"It's nothing to do with Tim Sherwood what's happened today. He's set his team out and been very professional, but the players just haven't put in the performance.

"It's an awkward situation with the FA Cup final around the corner and their survival on the line still. Everyone of them in that dressing room will be looking on nervously at the result at Hull."

FULL-TIME

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

That's it. Southampton run out comprehensive winners.

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor spins at the edge of the area, makes his way into the box and drives a low shot towards goals, which is stopped well by Paulo Gazzaniga. He was had a brilliant game.

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

..but Fabian Delph's ball into the box is awful. He was given a new contract earlier this season, they should cancel it after that delivery. It was terrible.

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

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Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"Alan Hutton on the right-hand side played a good one-two and an intelligent cross, but Gabriel Agbonlahor was very unlucky there, he found the keeper who made a great block."

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

Surely a second for Aston Villa? Alan Hutton works an opening to find Gabriel Agbonlahor, who hits it low and firmly towards goals, but it is kept out well by Paulo Gazzaniga. Should have scored. Three more minutes to play, three more minutes for Aston Villa to suffer..

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

Not yet, as the try to work the ball into the back of the net, but surrender possession. The 'oles' are out from the home supporters.

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

Eljero Elia earns a corner, as his pace gives Alan Hutton a headache. Can they get another?

Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"Southampton's structure and what they do as a club really does sum up football. It's made to look hard by some and easy by others. The one word that sums it all up is recruitment. They've picked up players cleverly through a worldwide scouting network and they've also produced their own."

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

Tricks coming out from Sadio Mane now, lollipopping over the ball. Aston Villa have not got near him today.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

No Pelle, no party. Graziano has had a wonderful game, capped by a superb goal. He comes off to be replaced by Dutchman Eljero Elia, who has five minutes to get on the scoresheet.

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa

Fifth-placed Liverpool will be looking over their shoulder, as Southampton are just two points behind now.

Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"One of my favourite goals of the season. Sadio Mane plays the best one-two I've seen all season. That's simplistic genius. Beautiful goal and Villa getting absolutely hammered."

GOAL

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa - Graziano Pelle

Sorry, I said the game was petering out..

Not a bit of it. Beautiful play from Saido Mane, who plays a one-two before whipping the ball into the box and Graziano Pelle volleys in a first-time finish. Lovely stuff. Sumptuous.

Southampton 5-1 Aston Villa

Into the last 10 minutes, this game is petering out now. A party atmosphere in the St Mary's stands, with a fancy-dress conga jumping around.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 5-1 Aston Villa

Another change for Aston Villa.

James Ward-Prowse has done excellently today and deserves a pat on the back, as he is replaced by on-loan Filip Djuricic.

Southampton 5-1 Aston Villa

This Southampton side really do work very hard, helping out each other. Aston Villa had a glimmer of another goal, but the home side defend in numbers to keep it out.

Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"Isn't it wonderful to see someone brimming with confidence? Sadio Mane has been full of running all afternoon and he must feel on top of the world after that hat-trick."

Southampton 5-1 Aston Villa

Oh Nathaniel! Full-back Clyne blazes into the stand after finding the ball at his feet inside the area. A glorious chance missed by the England man. Will he still be at the club next season?

Southampton 5-1 Aston Villa

Nearly a dream substitution from Southampton, as Maya Yoshida's powerful header is saved on the line by Shay Given. Where was the marking?

Southampton 5-1 Aston Villa

Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne makes a run into the opposing penalty area and forages a chance for Graziano Pelle, and it is blocked for a corner.

Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"Even now at 5-1 up, Shane Long and Sadio Mane, the left and right sides of Southampton's attack are still tracking back and working hard for their team-mates every time they lose the ball."

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 5-1 Aston Villa

Southampton make their first change.

Former Aston Villa man Steven Davis gets a warm round of applause as he comes off to be replaced by Japanese defender Maya Yoshida. A quick reshuffle in the side.

Southampton 5-1 Aston Villa

Bit quiet now. Southampton happy with their lead, while Aston Villa attempt to reduce the deficit.

YELLOW CARD

Southampton 5-1 Aston Villa

Booking for Southampton's Victor Wanyama, for bringing down Fabian Delph in the middle of the park. His 12th yellow of the season. Puts himself about a bit.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 5-1 Aston Villa

Another substitution for Aston Villa.

Leandro Bacuna comes off and Matthew Lowton comes on. A full-back. Time to change the game, son. Good luck.

Southampton 5-1 Aston Villa

A chance for Aston Villa on the left. The free-kick is floated in by Jack Grealish - who has been quiet today - but is punched away by Southampton stopper Paulo Gazzaniga. Impressive keeping.

Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"Every player that Southampton have lost, they've bought in someone slightly better this season so Ronald Koeman deserves a tremendous amount of credit for what's he's done since taking charge."

Southampton 5-1 Aston Villa

It is unsure where defender Toby Alderweireld - on-loan from Atletico Madrid - will be playing next season, but Ronald Koeman will be doing his utmost to keep him at the club next season, a very impressive performer for the Saints.