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1 hour ago, Danny Clender said:

Remember that game against Southampton?

 

Ok, not the last game we played Southampton, that was horrible, no, I’m talking about the one before where we beat them 9-0, yeah that’s the one.

Utterly unforgettable to any Leicester Fan, yet the complete polar opposite for any Saints fan.

 

Buggerishly, I missed this game as I was away working.

I was staying in a remote’ish “hotel” and 4G wasn’t an option, so I had to make do with the hotel’s bootlace thin wi-fi. Fortunately, the wi-fi signal was just enough to feed the BBC Sports App showing me the Live Updates.

The first opportunity I had to check the score it displayed 5-0…eh? errrrr let me just check that again. We’d recently beaten Newcastle 5-0 over 90 minutes, so to be 5-0 up after 45 minutes seemed closer to an App glitch rather than reality. I quickly scrolled down through the updates and errr…yes it was absolutely right. I then spent the second half thumbing a refresh every 5 seconds. Obviously, I wish I’d have watched the actual game, but I doubt I will ever enjoy watching a Leicester game on a live update blog as that one.

 

It was a huge moment in both teams seasons. For us, it was like eating a McDonalds Breakfast, we gained such a high rush, but we then suffered a major crash soon afterwards, we never came anywhere close to enjoying such a moment for the rest of that season.

For Southampton, it was a pivotal and Hasenhüttl did well afterwards. Instead of retiring to his Austrian rabbit hutch, he stayed and won his reputation back and has since managed his team to where they are today, fair play.

 

Here is a little trivia surrounding the number 9 from that game.

 

9%.

At 9%, bizarrely and unexplainably, it was Special Brew is what the Southampton team drank before the game, allegedly.

 

9 Minutes.

The first person to leave St.Mary’s that night was recorded at 9 minutes. Nothing to do with having a bad feeling about the game, just a highly strung individual who is paranoid about getting stuck in traffic. She was the only Southampton supporter that didn’t request a refund that night.

 

9 cm’s of Rain.

9 centimetres of rain fell during the game. On the back of a successful 5-0 drubbing of Newcastle in such similar conditions, Sir Lewis Hamilton claimed “They are the only team that can compete with me in the rain”

 

Joe 90.

“Joe 9-0” Unfortunately nobody will ever see this fantastic idea Specsavers had for a commercial scripted around this game. Southampton said they didn’t find it funny.

 

999

Directly linked to the game, Hampshire Constabulary allegedly received 9 emergency phone calls that night ranging from GBH, Murder, Burglary, Arson and oddly Sheep Rustling, A Communications Officer for the Constabulary later confirmed the Sheep Rustling alerter wasn’t a Southampton fan and the case remains open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Really fancy us now Ings is out. Southampton are a really good side but take Ings out and they become a little toothless. They like to leave space in behind too which should suit us.

 

Same team that beat Newcastle. 2-1 win

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2 hours ago, hejammy said:

Walcott always seems to score against us doesn't he? :unsure:

Yeah. So annoying that he always has one of his 5-6 decent performances a season against us.

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Vestegaard being out is a massive boon to our defence at set-pieces, and Redmond and Djenepo are both quality so them being out are plusses for us too.

 

I do feel guilty about being relieved that a player's out because of Covid but obviously not having Ings is a real blow to them.

 

But Walcott and Adams are both in good form. It'll be a tricky game that they'll be well up for. They'll want to put that 9-0 thing to bed won't they, even though they've already beaten us since then.

 

I don't dislike Southampton by any means. I'm full of admiration for what they did under Pochettino and Koeman, and Hassenhuttl has done such a great job to turn them around, not just since the 9-0 but after their Hail Mary appointment of Mark Hughes when they had clearly abandoned their identity and were heading in the wrong direction. They're a good club and I'd really like it if they could accompany us in breaking that Big Six wide open.

 

But, they're the kind of club - one with similar aspirations of upsetting the elite - that we have to beat to maintain our own push. So there's definitely a part of me that hopes we stick 10 past them on Saturday lol

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1 hour ago, murphy said:

Ings situation could be a ploy by Southampton.  I suspect that if he is coming out of self-isolation he might play.  He hasn't been ruled out has he?

Ralph has a cunning plan?

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1 hour ago, murphy said:

Ings situation could be a ploy by Southampton.  I suspect that if he is coming out of self-isolation he might play.  He hasn't been ruled out has he?

Sounds like he's available. Maybe a bit off the pace but surely they'd have him in the squad at least?

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17 minutes ago, StanSP said:

Does Ings needs to produce a negative test even though he's out of isolation tomorrow? 

Not unless prem league protocol says so.  Seeing as he tested positive ten days ago, he wouldn’t be positive if tested tomorrow. I would think the issue is that he cannot have trained for ten days so a big risk to play him 

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As much as I really really don’t want the football postponed it’s surely the most sensible option. I already can’t stand the fact some teams have played 2 games more than others, you can’t focus on the table or games coming up in case they’re cancelled or teams have players out which taints it either way. This game they’ve got ings out now which will have question marks over the rest of the squad and ultimately the fixture?

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