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Of course we have the record but It seems like it helped Southampton more than us in hindsight. 

 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54653245

Southampton's Ryan Bertrand says the 9-0 thrashing by Leicester a year ago felt "like relegation" - but that it galvanised the club.

Sunday's home match with Everton marks the one-year anniversary of the slump at St Mary's, which equalled the biggest defeat in the Premier League.

Saints recovered to finish 11th last season and Bertrand said: "Since then, we've gone from strength to strength.

"It's a testament to the manager and the club. We've really come together."

Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez scored hat-tricks in that extraordinary match on 25 October 2019, as Leicester recorded the biggest away win in the entire history of the English top flight, stretching back to 1888.

It equalled the biggest Premier League win - Manchester United's 9-0 victory over Ipswich Town at Old Trafford on 4 March 1995.

For Southampton, it was a club record defeat.

At the time, they sat in the relegation zone, having lost their previous two home matches - 3-1 to Bournemouth and 4-1 to Chelsea - and looked in serious danger of losing their top-flight status.

But the lost only eight of their final 26 league matches last season as they climbed to a mid-table finish.

Speaking to Radio 5 Live's Steve Crossman, Bertrand, who was sent off early on in the Leicester game, said: "Small things built up over an amount of time that revealed themselves in one evening.

"It was almost like a relegation all in one. It allowed us to hit rock bottom, strip everything back and focus on what needed to be done.

"As a club, we all got together and chose which path we wanted to go on - and that was all together fighting for this club, a place that we love, where we love playing."

Remarkably, since that match, Southampton and Leicester have identical league records prior to their respective fixtures on Sunday afternoon, both winning 15 times and drawing six. Saints gained revenge for their humiliation by claiming a 2-1 victory at King Power Stadium in January.

Bertrand, capped 19 times by England, joined Southampton permanently from Chelsea in February 2015, having been on loan at the club.

He praised the work done for the team by manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, the first Austrian manager in the Premier League.

"He's very passionate, very clear in the type of football he wants to achieve," the defender said of the 53-year-old, who succeeded Mark Hughes in December 2018.

"To have someone that's that passionate about his job is fantastic for a player to be a part of."

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Hard to imagine ever seeing a better performance from a Leicester side than that.

 

Of course there have been and will be more games like Sevilla or 5-3 against United where we come back from behind or hold out defensively or whatever, but in terms of dominating a team and playing them off the park we will likely never see a better game. What a night. 

 

You've got me all excited now; I'm going to go and watch the highlights again and masturbate.

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I'll get called a miserable bastard for this, but I think it's a bit of a petty irrelevance now and crowing about it is a bit tinpot, especially given they beat us in the return fixture and our season ended in one of the biggest bottlejobs in PL history.

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11 minutes ago, ealingfox said:

I'll get called a miserable bastard for this, but I think it's a bit of a petty irrelevance now and crowing about it is a bit tinpot, especially given they beat us in the return fixture and our season ended in one of the biggest bottlejobs in PL history.

You're a miserable bastard. :whistle:

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18 minutes ago, ealingfox said:

I'll get called a miserable bastard for this, but I think it's a bit of a petty irrelevance now and crowing about it is a bit tinpot, especially given they beat us in the return fixture and our season ended in one of the biggest bottlejobs in PL history.

Yes you will. We created an all time top flight record that night so we should be able to crow about it. 

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8 hours ago, ealingfox said:

I'll get called a miserable bastard for this, but I think it's a bit of a petty irrelevance now and crowing about it is a bit tinpot, especially given they beat us in the return fixture and our season ended in one of the biggest bottlejobs in PL history.

 

8 hours ago, HighPeakFox said:

You're a miserable bastard. :whistle:

 

8 hours ago, Blue Fox 72 said:

Yes you will. We created an all time top flight record that night so we should be able to crow about it. 

It's like saying, yeah we won the league against all the odds, but we finished in the bottom half the following season so maybe that title win was a petty irrelevance.

 

Oh and re the "biggest bottlejob in PL history" - yeah we should've made top four given where we were but christonabike we had our second best finish in PL history - and fifth best league finish of ALL TIME - so while it didn't end where we thought we might, it was still an insanely good season, of which I remember the many highs much more than the fewer lows.

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