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Leicester City record biggest ever English top-flight away win by beating 10-man Southampton 9-0 at a rain-sodden St Mary’s to move up to second place in the Premier League on Friday.
The biggest margin of victory on the road previously was eight goals, a joint record held by three clubs including an 8-1 win by Manchester United over Nottingham Forest in 1999.
The result also equalled Manchester United’s record for the largest win ever in the Premier League in a 9-0 win at home against Ipswich Town in 1995.
Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez both had hat tricks on the rainy night at Southampton, who saw Ryan Bertrand sent off with abstraight red in the 12th minute to set the visitors on their way for the record victory.
In an interesting sidenote, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel’s father Peter was in goal for Man United in the match against Ipswich, making them the only two keeper in Premier League history to keep a clean sheet as their teams scored nine goals.
It was the first time since 2014 that two hat tricks had been scored on a single day in the Premier League when Yaya Toure did it for Manchester City and Luis Suarez scored three for Liverpool.
The nine goals puts Brendan Rodgers’ side up to 25 for the season, good for second in Europe’s top-five leagues behind the 29 that Man City have scored.
While leading 5-0 at half-time, Rodgers urged his players to keep chasing goals to show they were a “top team.”
“We said at half-time, keep your speed in the game and we have to punish them,” Rodgers said.
“It is tough for Ralph [Hasenhuettl, Southampton manager], but we have to do our job and score as many goals as we can.
“The game is 0-0 at half-time, we said. This is part of our education, we have to come out of the ‘boy zone’ and play like a man and respect the game.
They are very talented and learning to be ruthless. “We believe in our work, believe we can push over the course of the season. Our mentality is how we work every day.
The players want to get better and improve.” Leicester also leapfrogged Man City into second place in thentable pending the result of the defending champions’ match against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Southampton’s heaviest Premier League defeat had been a 7-1 reverse to Liverpool 20 years ago, another unwanted record for their under pressure manager.
“It was an embarrassing performance, the stuff of nightmaresband especially playing at home,” said Saints’ forward Nathan Redmond.