Valentine's Day Massacre 1994 Style
Wednesday, 14th Feb 2018 15:27
Who was at the Dell on February 14th 1994 when Liverpool visited and Saints ent them home with their tail between their legs.
When Liverpool arrived at the Dell on Valentine's Day 1994 they were a team who were still considered one of the best in England, they had last won the title only four years earlier and it was not expected to be too long before they won another their first Premier League title.
Saints for their part were 19th in the Premier League and relegation was looking a certainty, the hated Ian Branfoot had gone a month previously and Alan Ball was now in charge, his first game had seen a win at Newcastle United, but his second at Oldham had resulted in a 2-1 defeat to relegation rivals Oldham Athletic, so Ball walked along the track towards the dugout for his first game in charge with a big task on his hands.
The game was a Monday evening and on Sky TV and it opened in explosive style Mathew Le Tissier smashed in a 20 yard screamer after only 28 seconds and then on 8 Minutes new signing the returning old boy Craig Maskell made it two.
Just before the break Maskell was fouled and Le Tiss fired home the penalty to make it a 3-0 home lead.
But if Saints fans thought that was great, within four minutes of the restart Le Tissier struck again from the spot for his hat trick after ex Saint Mark Wright had handled.
BUt if Saints fans thought that it would not be plain sailing they were wrong, as the snow got heavier Julian Dicks scored the third penalty of the game to reduce the arrears with 20 minutes left and when Rush brought the score to 4-2 with five minutes left it was all lined up for a shock with Saints reeling.
But they hung on for a famous victory that lifted them out of the bottom three.
Things would get a little beter for Saints when they beat Wimbledon in their next game, but then that was followed by 7 winless games that dragged us back into the relegation dog fight, before a couple of grandstand wins against first Norwich away 5-4 and then title chasers Blackburn 3-1.
It would still go to the last day, but Saints just about did enough to stay up by 1 point.
An epic Valentines Day victory that is still remembered by all that were there, ironically neither side is yet to win the Premier League still.
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