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10 years ago to this day: Aston Villa's Steven Davis helps Saints towards relegation

Southampton's unsung hero Steven Davis started his career at Aston Villa and helped the Villains conquer Saints at St. Mary's in our ill-fated 2004-05 season.

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Since his move to the club from Rangers in 2012, Steven Davis has comfortably been one of Saints' most consistent performers in an impressive midfield as the South Coast club re-established themselves in the Premier League.

Everything has been rosy since Davis' move back to English football.However, I have a horrible memory of a particular match back in 2005 - the start of the dark days following the Saints.

April 16th, 2005.

Leading 2-0 thanks to goals from the formidable forward pairing of Peter Crouch (who Southampton will face this weekend as they visit Stoke City) and Kevin Phillips, Harry Redknapp's Saints side looked like they were coasting to a comfortable, and much-needed, victory over Aston Villa to help the club's chances of Premier League survival.

In the typical Southampton style of old, Redknapp's side collapsed after the break surrendering a 2-0 lead to be drawing 2-2 following two goals from Villa substitutes Carlton Cole and Nolberto Solano.

With the threat of relegation looming, Saints were crumbling in defence and were well and truly there for the taking. David O'Leary's Aston Villa embraced that opportunity with open arms.

A young, fresh-faced 20-year-old Steven Davis helped confirm Southampton fans' fears by firing home the Villa winner. 2-3 to the Birmingham side.

Many Southampton fans point to this late collapse as the game which signaled the end of Saints' 27 years in the top tier of English football, consigning them to relegation to The Championship.

The following season, Davis was named Villa's "Young Player of the Year", "The Fans Player of the Year" and "Player of the Year". Alright for some!

If you have a twisted sense of curiosity, re-live those horrible moments below.