Saints' best home wins over Chelsea

By SFC Media Sat 20 Feb Club

Ahead of next weekend's visit of Chelsea, looks back at five memorable home wins over the Blues.

30th March 2013 – Premier League – Southampton 2-1 Chelsea (Rodriguez, Lambert)

Rickie Lambert's free-kick beats Petr Čech (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Saints followed up a convincing 3-1 home win over Liverpool with another memorable victory, as Rickie Lambert’s stunning free-kick gave them all three points at St Mary’s.

The hosts led in the 23rd minute, when Lambert rolled a ball into Rodriguez on the edge of the area, before the forward played a brilliant one-two with Steven Davis to get clear, finishing low into the far corner, past Petr Čech.

Chelsea levelled ten minutes later when John Terry headed home a corner, but parity lasted less then two minutes, as Lambert, on his 500th career league appearance, hit an astonishing, curling free-kick from distance that flew past a despairing Čech.

Southampton team: Boruc (K Davis), Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Puncheon (Ward-Prowse), S Davis (Fox), Rodriguez, Lambert.

4th November 2000 – Premier League – Southampton 3-2 Chelsea (Beattie 2, Tessem)

James Beattie celebrates his opener against Chelsea

James Beattie was the two-goal hero in this game, with his last-minute effort deciding a five-goal thriller at The Dell.

The Saints striker notched his first after just three minutes when he knocked in Wayne Bridge’s excellent cross at the far post, following some neat link-up play between Bridge and Marian Pahars.

Jo Tessem then scooped the ball in for 2-0 past the half hour, while Pahars had two spot-kick appeals turned down before Chelsea pulled one back through Dennis Wise.

Gus Poyet looked to have snatched a draw for the Blues on 77 minutes, but after Wise brought down Pahars in added time at the end of the game, Beattie thundered home a 28-yard free-kick to seal the victory.

Southampton team: Paul Jones, Jason Dodd, Claus Lundekvam, Dean Richards, Wayne Bridge, Jo Tessem, Matt Oakley (Kevin Davies), Tahar El-Khalej, Chris Marsden, Marian Pahars, James Beattie

24th October 1987 – Division 1 – Southampton 3-0 Chelsea (Baker, Clarke, Wallace)

Colin Clarke converts against the Blues

All three goals arrived in an incredible five-minute blitz during this game, with Saints finally breaking the deadlock in the 69th minute when Graham Baker tapped home Danny Wallace’s perfect cross.

Two minutes later, Saints doubled their lead when Colin Clarke powered home a right-footed finish from another Wallace assist. Wallace then got the goal he deserved when he headed Gerry Forrest’s cross into the net for a third win in a row.

Southampton team: John Burridge, Gerry Forrest, Derek Statham, Jimmy Case, Kevin Moore, Kevin Bond, Matt Le Tissier, Glenn Cockerill, Colin Clarke, Graham Baker, Danny Wallace

11th October 1975 – Division 2 – Southampton 4-1 Chelsea (Channon 2, Stokes, Holmes)

Stokes with a close-range volley

Saints broke the deadlock after 20 minutes of this encounter from the penalty spot, after Mick Channon had been brought down inside the area, with Channon himself stepping up to convert for a 1-0 half-time lead.

The score remained the same until 73 minutes, when Bobby Stokes tucked away a close-range volley and, soon after, it was 3-0 when Nick Holmes ran onto a flick from Peter Osgood and fired low into the net.

Channon added his second of the game for 4-0 in the final minute, with Chelsea’s Ray Wilkins pulling one back late on as a consolation in what was Saints’ sixth successive home victory.

Southampton team: Steve Middleton, Peter Rodrigues, David Peach, Nick Holmes, Paul Bennett, Mel Blyth, Hugh Fisher, Mick Channon, Peter Osgood, Jim McCalliog, Bobby Stokes

1st February 1969 – Division 1 – Southampton 5-0 Chelsea (Channon, Gabriel, Webb, Davies 2)

Gabriel nods home against Chelsea

Saints secured a third win in a row shortly into the new year, racking up a 3-0 lead by half-time in this Division One game at The Dell.

Mick Channon opened the scoring after five minutes with a spectacular header from Fred Kemp’s cross, a lead that was doubled on the half hour when Jimmy Gabriel notched a header of his own.

It was 3-0 when former Saint Dave Webb put through his own net, with Ron Davies adding a second-half double inside the final eleven minutes of play to secure a comfortable win.

Southampton team: Gerry Gerr, Joe Kirkup, Denis Hollywood, Fred Kemp, John McGrath, Jimmy Gabriel, Terry Paine, Mick Channon, Dave Walker, Ron Davies, John Sydenham.

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