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Aston Villa draws 0-0 with Southampton to inch away from Premier League relegation zone

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BIRMINGHAM, England — Aston Villa ended a difficult week by earning a valuable point with a 0-0 draw against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday to end a four-game losing streak.

PHOTO: Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino  gives instructions from the touch line during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park, in Birmingham, England, Saturday, April 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino gives instructions from the touch line during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park, in Birmingham, England, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

The result puts Villa five points above the relegation zone and provides some relief for manager Paul Lambert, who was without his long-time assistants Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa following their suspension by the club. Villa has not disclosed details about the situation.

Southampton is in eighth place despite a poor run of form having lost three of their previous four games, and there was little entertainment value in this match.

Southampton appealed for a penalty with 10 minutes to go when Nathaniel Clyne's cross hit Ryan Bertrand's arm but referee Mason decided it was accidental.

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