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Midfielder Fabian Delph insists Aston Villa are a side of “brothers” prepared to fight for one another after they picked up a 3-2 victory over Southampton after a dramatic clash at St Mary’s.
Delph smashed home his first Premier League goal with a 25-yard effort into the top corner to hand his side the victory late on. The former Leeds man admitted in the build up to the fixture that he was keen on adding goals to his game to try and help push the team push on.
Boss Paul Lambert has allowed the 25-year-old to play in more of an attacking role this season, asking him to work from box to box to add extra numbers to their counter-attacking style.
The England Under-21 international is thoroughly enjoying his new-found freedom and was delighted to help his side pick up a much-needed win.
Aston Villa FC approached the game with five men in defence and they were asked to dig in for large periods and withstand wave after wave of attack from the Saints who were previously unbeaten at home all season.
The midfielder believes the team spirit within the squad played a key part in securing the three points against a Southampton side that have been in good form so far this season.
Delph said: “I’ve been getting a bit of stick from the lads (for not scoring), but I’ve been given the licence to get forward and to get a few shots off. I did that today and luckily one went in.
“We’ve got a lot of fire in our bellies. We won’t sit down and we won’t give up – we keep fighting for each other.
“It’s a close-knit group. We’re like brothers who fight every minute of every game.”