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Premier League: Massive win for Aston Villa at relegation rivals Reading

This was a six-pointer, wasn’t it?

 Gabriel Agbonlahor scores the winner.
Gabriel Agbonlahor scores the winner.
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ASTON VILLA CAME from behind to bag three vital points in the race for survival with a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Reading this afternoon.

The hosts started well and took the lead through an own goal off Nathan Baker, however it was cancelled out almost immediately with Christian Benteke equalising a minute later.

And things went from bad to worse for the Royals just before the break, with Gabriel Agbonlahor securing the points for Villa at Madejski Stadium.

Elsewhere, Artur Boruc brilliantly saved Grant Holt’s penalty in stoppage time to preserve a 0-0 draw for Southampton against Norwich at Carrow Road.

Poor finishing troubled both sides but Holt had a chance to seal the points at the death only to see the Polish goalkeeper fly across goal to palm away his spot kick.

The hosts had the better of the chances, two of which were passed up by Robert Snodgrass, but Southampton threatened too and Adam Lallana failed to hit the target from 10 yards.

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