December 1 2007

Saints’ last win away to Leicester was a mid-table Championship affair at the Walkers Stadium, as the King Power was known from 2002-11.

Stern John joined Grzegorz Rasiak at the top of the Saints goal charts with his sixth goal in nine games to give the visitors a 32nd-minute lead.

Youssef Safri whipped in a deep ball from the right, Dyer headed it back at the far post and John’s first-time volley flew in.

But in first-half stoppage time the hard work was undone.

Saints didn’t defend a ball on the edge of their area very well and it was worked back to Andy King, who had time and space to curl a beautiful shot into the top corner from 30 yards.

Saints took advantage of a piece of fortune on 56 minutes to score what proved to be the winner.

A spinning ball struck Stephen Clemence on the arm just inside the area and referee Richard Beeby awarded a very harsh penalty. Andrew Surman stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way.

Saints also knocked Leicester out of the FA Cup a month later but managed only five more wins that season, including the 3-2 victory over Sheffield United that kept them up on the final day.

Saints: A Bennett, A Davies, P Ifil, J Wright, N Dyer (Hammill 85), Safri, Surman, Euell, John, Wright-Phillips


December 8 2001

Anders Svensson was outstanding during this victory at Filbert St, which is Saints’ biggest away win in the Premier League (since equalled by a 4-0 victory at Sunderland under Claude Puel).

Svensson had been laid low by flu for much of the week but capped a superb show with his first Premiership goals.

“I had been ill for much of the week, I was on penicillin and did not train until Thursday,” he told the Daily Echo’s Graham Hiley afterwards.

James Beattie also scored, while Marian Pahars capped a wonderful individual performance with a late fourth as new signing Brett Ormerod looked on from the bench,

The Guardian reported: “When Marian Pahars coolly knocked in Southampton’s fourth seconds before the end, it did not so much distort the scoreline as give it a more realistic look.”

Sweden international Svensson scored his only previous goals for Saints a few months earlier - another brace in a League Cup win at Brighton.

Saints: Jones, Dodd, Bridge, Marsden, Williams, Lundekvam, Oakley (Delap), Telfer, Beattie, Pahars, Svensson.


October 25, 1986

Saints bounced back from back-to-back defeats to win this Filbert Street thriller in the old first division – despite trailing twice.

Russell Osman, who would join Saints two years later, gave Leicester a seventh-minute lead. But within a minute George Lawrence equalised after cutting in from the right and smashing in a left-footed screamer.

Gary McAllister put Leicester 2-1 up in the 43rd minute but Colin Clarke equalised on the stroke of half-time by sending a looping header over Leicester goalkeeper Ian Andrews, after a terrible headed back pass from a young Steve Walsh. Danny Wallace scored the 87th-minute winner, controlling a long clearance before firing in a left-footer.

Saints: Shilton, Forrest, Dennis, Case, Wright, Gittens, Lawrence Cockerill, Clarke, Baker, Wallace.


January 1, 1985

A stunning Dave Armstrong finish ended an excellent move between Mick Mills and Steve Moran in the 19th minute.

Ian Banks equalised before half-time but with Leicester pushing forward for the win Danny Wallace scored a 74th-minute winner after a one-two with Moran.

Saints: Shilton, Mills, Agboola, Curtis, Bond, Wright, Holmes, Moran, Jordan, Armstrong, Wallace.


October 27 1973

Mick Channon scored the only goal as Saints secured their second away win of the Lawrie McMenemy era.

In the 79th minute, Channon climbed above Peter Shilton to head in the only goal.

But Saints were still relegated in 18th place in what was the first season three sides went down from the top flight.

Saints: Martin, McCarthy, Mills, Fisher, Bennett, Steele, Paine, Channon, Gilchrist, O’Neil, Stokes.