Jamie Vardy scored after 21 seconds to set Leicester Metropolis up for a victory at Southampton that despatched them again to the highest of the Championship.
Former England striker Vardy traded passes with Stephy Mavididi earlier than gorgeous all at St Mary’s together with his cool side-foot end to provide the Foxes the perfect begin.
Kasey McAteer met a superb Kiernan Dewsbury-Corridor by ball to make it two after 18 minutes and, whereas a defensive error gifted Sam Edozie a Saints response, Wilfred Ndidi put Leicester 3-1 up in first-half harm time.
The superb Mavididi ran from deep inside his personal half so as to add a fourth with an excellent solo objective in opposition to a facet that beat the Foxes twice final season in a Premier League marketing campaign that ended with each being relegated.
A depressing evening for Southampton completed with Kamaldeen Sulemana being proven a straight purple card for a careless sort out on James Justin within the closing moments.
Southampton boss Russell Martin mentioned within the build-up to the sport that he spent the worldwide break reflecting on their “painful” 5-0 defeat by Sunderland and spoke concerning the go to of Leicester as an opportunity to “get again on observe”.
By half-time boos had been echoing across the floor with the hosts 3-1 down in opposition to a Foxes facet that had not received at St Mary’s since a 9-0 defeat within the Premier League virtually 4 years in the past.
Two of Leicester’s three modifications from their defeat by Hull final day trip had been up entrance, with 36-year-old former England striker Vardy and Mavididi beginning.
Sloppy passing from Saints, in an try and play it out from the again, allowed the duo to right away hyperlink up with devastating impact.
Vardy performed the ball into the field for Mavididi, who then minimize it again to search out the Foxes talisman unmarked 12 yards out to fit house and rattle the hosts.
Mads Hermansen twice denied Che Adams as Southampton looked for a fast response, first maintaining out a fierce curled effort earlier than speeding out deny the Scotland worldwide after Harry Winks gave the ball up on the sting of the realm.
In a first-half plagued by defensive errors, Southampton had been once more punished for relinquishing possession in their very own half when Kiernan Dewsbury-Corridor threaded the ball by for McAteer to race onto and bury past goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.
It was then Leicester’s flip to be charitable, with Adams pouncing on Callum Doyle’s lack of ability to clear the ball from below his ft earlier than sending Edozie free to deftly elevate the ball over the onrushing Hermansen.
Mavididi displayed nice composure to set Ndidi up for Leicester’s third, with the ahead turning, tumbling then recovering to search out the midfielder within the field, the place the Nigerian chopped the ball again onto his proper to coolly end.
Former Juventus ahead Mavididi, who arrived from Montpellier in the summertime, wasted an enormous probability simply after the hour however was fast to make amends with the decide of the evening’s targets.
He intercepted a sloppy cross from Sulemana 30 yards from his personal objective, then knocked the ball round a defender and raced away to slip the ball past Bazunu and into the underside nook.
Adam Armstrong despatched an angled effort off beam and Ryan Fraser thumped a shot into Hermansen’s gloves earlier than Mavididi’s objective, however failed to noticeably bother the guests once more after going 4-1 down.
Defeat was made all of the extra expensive with Sulemana now suspended after his late sending off.
‘It was unbelievable’ – response
Leicester Metropolis supervisor Enzo Maresca advised BBC Radio Leicester:
“Initially, it was a superb win. It’s by no means straightforward. After which the efficiency, for me, was unbelievable.
“On the ball we’re working the best way we need to work and off the ball we had been very aggressive in opposition to a group that wishes the ball.
“It was crucial to ship a message that we’re a group good on the ball however we’re additionally a group that tries to work off the ball.”
Southampton boss Russell Martin advised BBC Radio Solent:
“We began the sport actually poorly. One group was scientific after they received the ball and one group was not, and we had been punished for that.
“I am not going accountable the gamers. I’m pleased with them tonight.
“If anybody thought it might be painless making an attempt to get to the place we need to get to, that’s naïve.
“We are going to kind it out and we can’t maintain conceding this many targets. We are going to discover extra stability than we had tonight.”
- 3ManningBooked at 73mins
- 23EdozieSubstituted forSulemanaat 45′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 16SmallboneBooked at 32mins
- 4DownesSubstituted forAlcarazat 50′minutes
- 26FraserSubstituted forS Armstrongat 68′minutes
- 10AdamsSubstituted forAriboat 78′minutes
- 9A Armstrong
- 17S Armstrong
- 21Ricardo Pereira
- 25NdidiSubstituted forCasadeiat 58′minutes
- 8WinksBooked at 51minsSubstituted forChoudhuryat 83′minutes
- 22Dewsbury-CorridorBooked at 39minsSubstituted forAkgünat 83′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 35McAteerSubstituted forFatawuat 70′minutesBooked at 73mins
- 9VardySubstituted forIheanachoat 84′minutes
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Match ends, Southampton 1, Leicester Metropolis 4.
Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Leicester Metropolis 4.
Delay over. They’re able to proceed.
Delay in match due to an harm James Justin (Leicester Metropolis).
Kamaldeen Sulemana (Southampton) is proven the purple card.
Foul by Kamaldeen Sulemana (Southampton).
James Justin (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester Metropolis) left footed shot from the centre of the field is only a bit too excessive. Assisted by Abdul Fatawu with a by ball.
Shea Charles (Southampton) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester Metropolis).
Hand ball by Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton).
Yunus Akgün (Leicester Metropolis) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Ryan Manning (Southampton) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Yunus Akgün (Leicester Metropolis).
Foul by Shea Charles (Southampton).
Cesare Casadei (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try blocked. Kamaldeen Sulemana (Southampton) proper footed shot from the left facet of the field is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.
Ryan Manning (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Yunus Akgün (Leicester Metropolis).
Substitution, Leicester Metropolis. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Jamie Vardy.