Five things learned from Southampton's draw with Aston Villa: Schneiderlin, Clyne & Bertrand feature

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Five conclusions from a hard-fought draw at Villa Park.

A point away from home is no disaster...

It is perhaps a shame for some Southampton fans that they could not leave Aston Villa with more than a point on Monday night. Ronald Koeman's side, after all, are second in the table and Paul Lambert's charges sit 16th after the draw.

But this was no disaster for the South Coast outfit, who are still second and secured another valuable point away from home. The fact that a Fraser Forster mistake led to Villa taking the lead only shows how impressive Southampton's spirit was to fight back to earn a draw.

Things are best summed up by the following comment on Twitter, retweeted by the one and only Matt Le Tissier:

Bring on City, Arsenal & United

Nathaniel Clyne's late equaliser ensured the Saints go into a tough spell of fixtures still having not tasted defeat lately and, rather than fearing an end to their good run, fans and players alike should relish the prospect of facing Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United back-to-back.

Now is the time to be a Southampton supporter. Continue to pick up points against opposition with big reputations and anything is possible come the end of the season. Lose to three of the Premier League's biggest sides and Southampton have still lost very little in the grand scheme of things.

Full-backs full of talent

Are Clyne and Ryan Bertrand the top flight's best full-back pairing? It's certainly an argument worth making, especially after the duo linked up to rescue a point for Koeman's side at Aston Villa.

Right-back Clyne converted the finish but it was Chelsea loanee Bertrand who delivered the cross from the opposite flank. Another vital contribution from the pair.

The moral of the day

Morgan Schneiderlin, too, once again impressed and he rounded things off nicely on social media with some brief post-match analysis.

The mentality will no doubt prove vital as the campaign progresses. It could be the difference between elimination from a cup or taking the game to extra-time. Or it could even be the difference between qualifying for the Champions League or the Europa League - although things are still at an early stage where Europe is concerned.

Still the best record in the Premier League

It was as much of a shock to see Southampton concede a goal last night as it was seeing Aston Villa score one. However, Koeman's men still boast the best defensive record in the division by some distance.

They may have ended a run of four consecutive clean sheets but the Saints have still conceded five less times than anyone else in the Premier League. That is some confidence booster ahead of a clash with Manchester City.

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