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Saturday 21 December 2013

On this day in 2003: Southampton win historic derby clash

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when Saints beat local rivals Portsmouth 3-0

  • Jason Dodd opened the scoring for Southampton, scoring directly from a corner

  • A magnificent solo goal from Marian Pahars doubled the advantage for the hosts

  • James Beattie wrapped up the win in the first Barclays Premier League South Coast derby

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

21 December 2003 - Southampton 3-0 Portsmouth

Southampton beat Portsmouth at home for the second time inside three weeks, in the first Barclays Premier League derby between the sides.

The Saints followed up their 2-0 League Cup win at the start of the month with a victory that moved them two places up to fourth but dropped their South Coast rivals into the relegation zone.

In a fiercely contested encounter, Southampton took the lead in the 34th minute when Jason Dodd’s corner was headed into the net off the underside of the bar by Pompey defender Sebastien Schemmel. Saints captain Dodd was credited with the goal – his first strike since October 2000.

Marian Pahars doubled the lead midway through the second half when he collected the ball in the middle of the Portsmouth half, powered past two defenders and unleashed a fierce shot that flew into the net.

Newly promoted Portsmouth, who were without an away win in the league, offered little in return and James Beattie headed home Dodd’s cross two minutes into stoppage time for his first goal since netting twice against Pompey in the League Cup.

It was Southampton’s third straight league win and manager Gordon Strachan said: “More than winning a derby, for a middle-of-the-league club to pick up nine points from three games is manna from heaven.”

Portsmouth, promoted the previous season, went on to have a better second half of the campaign than Southampton, and beat Saints at Fratton Park in March. Southampton finished 12th in the table, two points and one place above Pompey.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Southampton won their first Barclays Premier League derby with Portsmouth 3-0