Southampton endured a miserable evening against Leicester City in their Premier League fixture, as they were hammered 9-0 at home.
St Mary’s was the scene of the single biggest away win for any team in the Premier League, with the Foxes running riot against the ten-man Saints. An early Ben Chilwell goal and Ryan Bertrand’s sending off minutes later made it a tough prospect, but few could have predicted the capitulation from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
As reported by MSN, Jamie Vardy has been in the news for the wrong reasons of late, but he got his name on the score sheet three times, as did Ayoze Perez who bagged his first goals for the Foxes since joining from Newcastle.
Youri Tielemans and James Maddison also struck in a remarkable act of charity from the hosts. St Mary’s staff are more used to showing the right kind of charity to Isle of Wight residents but handed their visitors three points and a host of goals on an embarrassing evening for Hasenhuttl.
The defeat wasn’t entirely unexpected even if the margin was. bwin Premier League’s ‘Southampton vs. Leicester Predictions’ suggested before the game that Southampton’s home form was a concern with all of their league and cup victories coming away from home. Whilst that may have been a worry, few could have foreseen what a weak performance was coming after that early setback.
The result joins one other match as the single biggest rout in Premier League history; Manchester United beat Ipswich Town 9-0, 24 years ago in a record which has stood the test of time. That encounter took place at Old Trafford and Andy Cole became the first player to score five goals in a Premier League match. Mark Hughes bagged himself two and should have had a hat-trick when a remarkable bicycle kick came back off the bar, while Roy Keane and Paul Ince also got in on the act.
Spurs conceded a Paul Scharner goal in the 57th minute of their 9-1 win against Wigan in 2009, meaning they just missed out on sharing the record. Oddly, that game was 1-0 at half time and Scharner’s goal came in a mad seven-minute spell in which Jermaine Defoe scored the second-fastest hat-trick in Premier League history. Peter Crouch, Niko Kranjcar, Aaron Lennon and a Chris Kirkland own goal completed the scoring.
It’s not all bad news for Southampton when recalling the biggest wins in the division; they share fourth place with a huge victory of their own back in 2014. They dished out an 8-0 mauling to Sunderland in a game which the Chronicle described as ‘abject humiliation’ for Sunderland.
That came from a classic Southampton team including such talents as Sadio Mane, Dusan Tadic, Toby Alderweireld and Nathaniel Clyne. Only Tadic was on the score sheet from that collection of future stars. Graziano Pelle’s brace was amongst three own goals and strikes from Jack Cork and Victor Wanyama.
That win seems an age ago now as Southampton slip into the bottom three of the Premier League and look set for another long battle against the drop.