By SFC Media Thu 24 Nov

Five classic encounters since November 2001

As we celebrate the anniversary of Southampton’s first win at St Mary’ Stadium, southamptonfc.com takes a look at five of the best Saints victories there since then.

After a pagan ‘curse’ was lifted, Gordon Strachan’s side defeated Charlton Athletic 1-0 in a Premier League clash on 24th November 2001, and the rest is history.

Here, we look back on five of the most memorable encounters at St Mary’s Stadium following that game…

Southampton 3-0 Portsmouth (December 2003)

Saints maintained south coast bragging rights with victory over Portsmouth in the first-ever Premier League derby between the clubs.

Jason Dodd struck direct from a corner on 34 minutes before second-half goals from Marian Pahars and James Beattie in front of the visiting supporters sealed a deserved win for the hosts.

The 3-0 scoreline followed Saints' 2-0 Carling Cup win earlier in the month and left Portsmouth stuck in the relegation zone, while Gordon Strachan’s men climbed to fourth.


Southampton 4-0 Coventry (April 2012)

Saints returned to the Premier League after a seven-year absence with goals from Billy Sharp, José Fonte, Jos Hooiveld and Adam Lallana securing promotion on the final day of the Championship season.

Nigel Adkins’ men knew victory over Coventry would send them up and, despite a nervous start, they were worthy winners.

Sharp diverted Lallana's volley past keeper Joe Murphy after 16 minutes, and when Fonte headed his first goal of the season three minutes later, victory was all but sealed with nearly 70 minutes left to play.

Dutch defender Hooiveld drilled home from close range after the break, while Lallana's tap-in was the cue for the St Mary's party to get well and truly under way.


Southampton 8-0 Sunderland (October 2014)

Southampton demolished Sunderland at St Mary's to record their biggest ever Premier League win.

The ball began rolling when Black Cats defender Santiago Vergini scored a spectacular own-goal.

The Argentine volleyed in from 18 yards, before Graziano Pellè and Jack Cork each scored from close range.

Pellè's well-taken second followed a Liam Bridcutt own goal and Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone passed to Dušan Tadić to make it six.

Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mané (although Mané’s deflected strike was later credited to a third own goal) put the gloss on a remarkable victory for Southampton.


Southampton 3-2 Liverpool (March 2016)

Saints recovered from being 2-0 down at half time to dramatically snatch a victory over the Merseysiders.

Liverpool had looked in command after Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge scored in a five-minute first half period.

Senegalese forward Sadio Mané missed a penalty just after the break following Martin Skrtel's foul on Graziano Pellè, but made amends soon after with a smart finish.

Pellè's curling shot restored parity in the 83rd minute, before Mané pounced to seize all three points for his side against the club he would go on to join later that year.


Southampton 2-1 Internazionale (November 2016)

Claude Puel’s men put themselves on course to reach the UEFA Europa League knockout phase after fighting back to earn a memorable win against Italian giants Internazionale.

Inter scored with their first shot on target when skipper Mauro Icardi pounced to smash in a loose ball.

Dušan Tadić missed a controversial penalty in first-half injury-time, but Virgil van Dijk hooked in to level as Saints improved after the break.

And they claimed all three points after Yuto Nagatomo's own-goal howler. The Inter defender, under little pressure, allowed Tadić's left-wing cross to bounce off his thigh and loop over his keeper Samir Handanović.