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Full time: Villa suffer 6-1 defeat at Southampton

Aston Villa fans watch as Southampton's Sadio Mane scores his third Credit: PA

Aston Villa have taken a huge knock in their fight for Premier League survival after losing 6-1 away to Southampton.

In a record breaking first half, Southampton's Sadio Mané scored three in less than three minutes, smashing Robbie Fowler's long-held record (4mins 33secs) for the fastest ever hat-trick scored in the Premier League.

The hosts scored two more before the half time whistle thanks to Shane Long, with Christian Benteke finding the back of the net for Villa in injury time.

Tim Sherwood looks on as Villa lose 6-1 away at Southampton Credit: PA

But in the second half Tim Sherwood's men continued to be outplayed by The Saints, and the final insult was Graziano Pelle's 81st minute goal.

The result means Aston Villa's goal difference has took an unwelcome bashing at such a late stage in the season, with just one more game against Burnley to go.

As far as relegation goes, if other results don't go Villa's way, Tim Sherwood and his team are not out of the woods yet.

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Nightmare for Aston Villa 5 - 1 down after first half

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke (top) in action against Southampton's Toby Alderweireld during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's Credit: PA

Aston Villa have had a nightmare first half in their crucial game against Southampton as they fight to keep their place in the Premier League.

Southampton forward Sadio Mané scored three in less than three minutes, smashing Robbie Fowler's long-held record (4mins 33secs) for the fastest ever hat-trick scored in the Premier League.

Aston Villa's fans react to the second of three goals by Southampton's Sadio Mane Credit: PA

Despite Villa dominating possession, Shane Long slotted a fourth and fifth home for the hosts, leaving Tim Sherwood's 11 stunned. There was some consolation with Christian Benteke pulling one back for Villa in injury time.

Aston Villa are currently on 38 points and 14th in the table, closely followed by Leicester in 15th with 37 points.

But just 4 points separate Villa from Hull in 18th - the first relegation spot.

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Dean Saunders appointed as new Chesterfield manager

Chesterfield have appointed Dean Saunders as their new manager.

He takes over from Paul Cook, who left for Portsmouth on Tuesday, and has been given a two-year contract.

It is a great opportunity as this is a club on the rise, run by good people, and I am inheriting a very good team from Paul Cook.

Taking over now gives me a full pre-season to make a fresh start, put my plans in place and work with the squad, which is a great position to be in.

The profile of the club has been raised in the last few years and there has been an impressive increase in attendances so it is an exciting prospect and I can’t wait to get started.

– Dean Saunders

When chairman Dave Allen and I met Dean, it was clear that he shared our vision for the future of the club. He has infectious enthusiasm for the job and he is in the enviable position of joining a club with solid foundations.

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield chief executive

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Reports: Dean Saunders set to be appointed new Chesterfield manager

Dean Saunders is set to be appointed as the new manger of Chesterfield, ITV News understands.

Dean Saunders Credit: Press Association

The former Bradford City and Sheffield United striker will replace Paul Cook, who was released from his contract by Spireites on Tuesday to take over at Portsmouth.

Cook guided Chesterfield to the League One play-offs, where they lost to Preston.

The club have called a news conference for midday to announce Saunders' appointment.

Chesterfield miss out on Wembley final

Chesterfield have missed out on a Wembley final after losing to Preston North End in their League One play-off semi-final at Deepdale.

Chesterfield's Sam Morsy on a run Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

The final score of the match was 3-0, with the overall score over both legs of the tie 4-0 to Preston.

Chesterfield had a strong first half, with plenty of attacking threat, but fell behind through Jermaine Beckford's strike.

It got worse in the second half when Joe Garner scored a penalty, after Chesterfield goalkeeper Joe Murphy brought down Daniel Johnson in the box.

Murphy had only signed for the Spireites yesterday on an emergency loan deal from Huddersfield.

Joe Murphy trips the Preston midfielder Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire/Press Association Images

And the victory was sealed when Jermaine Beckford scored from near the half way line, with a sublime lob into the corner of the net.

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