Tuesday 09 April 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
A hat-trick from Matt Le Tissier helped Southampton boost their hopes of avoiding relegation as an injury-time goal sealed victory against Norwich City in the highest-scoring Barclays Premier League match to date.
The Southampton forward scored three second-half goals as Saints came from 3-2 and 4-3 down, before Ken Monkou stunned Norwich with a powerful header from Le Tissier’s corner in the dying moments.
The win moved Southampton to within a point of safety with five matches remaining.
After the sides went in to the break level at 1-1, with Mark Robins’ first goal of the season for the hosts and a Robert Ullathorne own goal on the stroke of half-time, strikes from Jeremy Goss and Chris Sutton put the Canaries in the ascendancy after 55 minutes on the clock.
But two goals within five minutes from Le Tissier, including a penalty, levelled the match before Sutton restored the hosts’ advantage one minute later. Le Tissier, who scored 15 goals in the last 16 matches of the season, equalised again with 18 minutes to go before Monkou’s header turned the match around.
The win ended Southampton’s run of seven matches without a victory. The South Coast club secured their Premier League status on the final day of the season after a tense 3-3 draw with West Ham United helping them finish one point above relegated Sheffield United. Norwich finished 12th in the 1993/94 campaign, despite being third in November, and Chris Sutton scored an impressive 24 league goals that season.