Made a range of good stops to prevent Southampton from adding to their lead but could do nothing to stop Lambert's penalty despite guessing the right way.
Headed against the bar from a corner late on, struggled defensively but was no more to blame than any of his team-mates.
Much like his full-back on the other side of the defence, Lowton had a poor afternoon and was constantly beaten down the left by Luke Shaw.
Gave away the penalty that led to the goal and endured a torrid afternoon at the hands of the excellent Puncheon.
Struggled to deal with Lambert and Rodriguez and was often caught out of position as the Villa defence failed to handle Saints' counterattacking style.
Created very little before eventually being substituted in favour of Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Delph was one of Villa's better players, the former Leeds man helped spread the play and played one superb ball to Holman in the first-half.
Was strong in possession and did provide a goal threat from midfield for the hosts. Brought off at half-time and replaced by Barry Bannan.
The young midfielder failed to make much of an impact from an attacking perspective and found himself overrun by a fast counterattacking Southampton side. Was eventually replaced by Jordan Bowery.
Benteke squandered a number of chances to equalise for Villa, the Belgian was the only player from the home side who looked like scoring.
A little quieter than fans have been used to seeing in recent weeks, Weimann did not produce much from an attacking standpoint and may be disappointed with his afternoon's work.
Made a number of fine saves to keep Villa at bay in the closing stages as the visitors' defence began to wilt.
Clyne was excellent defensively for the most part, and did offer a threat down the right flank, combing well with Jason Puncheon.
Much like his central defensive partner, Hooiveld had difficulties in keeping Benteke quiet, but overall this was a decent showing from the Dutchman.
The Japanese international was composed for much of the afternoon, but did struggle to deal with the significant aerial threat of Benteke.
Shaw was undoubtedly one of the best players on the pitch, defending excellently and providing a constant outlet down the left. The promising left-back's afternoon was brought to an end when he was stretchered off in the second half.
The Frenchman was a stalwart in midfield for the Saints, providing a strong barrier in front of the defence and distributing possession well whenever possible.
This was another strong showing from the highly rated Cork, who was efficient with the ball, helping Southampton to control matters for much of the afternoon.
A poor showing from Ramirez, who in comparison to the likes of Puncheon and Rodriguez had little impact on the game.
Puncheon produced an outstanding display, creating several chances and service for Lambert and Rodriguez. Unlucky not to score as he hit the post midway through the second half.
Won the penalty which led to the goal and also had a decent effort well saved by Guzan in the first period.
Was not able to fashion too many goalscoring opportunities but dispatched his penalty with consummate ease. His reputation at the top level continues to grow.
Brought on for Brett Holman at half-time and did provide good service for Benteke with his excellent delivery. Bannan was energetic in midfield can take heart from a decent display.
Replaced the ineffective Charles N'Zogbia but failed to add anything going forward as Villa laboured in their efforts to level the game.
Bowery came on for Ashley Westwood in the second half, and was able to distribute possession well, pushing further up as Villa pressed late on.
Came on for Ramirez in an effort to protect Southampton's lead and did his job reasonably well.
S. De Ridder
Introduced late on for the injured Shaw but had little time to make an impact on the game.
Brought on for Puncheon as Southampton looked to shore things up but struggled to do so as Villa peppered the Saints' goal.