A trip down memory lane to focus on the previous three meetings between Latics and Southampton.
- Recap Latics' last, and only, three meetings with Southampton FC.
- The first meeting, the league bow and the last time Latics faced Saints.
- Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone combined to provide Latics' only victory against Southampton.
As we continue to prepare for Latics' Emirates FA Cup quarter final against Southampton at the DW Stadium on Sunday, take a trip back in time and find out how we have faired against Saints over the years.
In only three meetings between the sides, both teams hold a victory, with the latest clash between Latics and Saints a 2-2 draw at the DW in the Premier League... so all to play for on Sunday in terms of head-to-head!
THE FIRST TIME
SOUTHAMPTON 3 – 0 LATICS
THE DELL, 25 JANUARY 1986
FA CUP FOURTH ROUND
In the first-ever meeting between the two sides, Third Division Latics tackled just our second-ever Fourth Round FA Cup tie with a visit Southampton.
Southampton, managed by Chris Nicholl, went on to make the competition’s semi-finals in this campaign and also finished comfortably safe in the First Division. On this January day at the Dell, they were too good for Latics.
The game was goalless at the break with Latics hoping for a lucrative replay back at Springfield Park, but it was the Saints who eventually got the game’s opener, with Glenn Cockerill ghosting in to glance home a header from a David Armstrong (pictured) cross on 68 minutes.
Four minutes from time Southampton put the game to bed as Danny Wallace was flattened in the box and Armstrong took the penalty kick, which he missed initially but fired home from the rebound. A couple of minutes later, Armstrong got a second with a powerful header from 15 yards.
Latics: Tunks, Butler, Knowles, Kelly, Cribley, Methven, Lowe, Barrow, Jewell, Langley, Cook, Bailey.
SOUTHAMPTON 0 – 2 LATICS
ST. MARY’S, 25 AUGUST 2012
Latics secured their first win of the 2012-13 season in their debut meeting with the Saints in league fixtures.
Second-half goals from Franco di Santo and Arouna Kone secured the win for Roberto Martinez’s side against former Latics player Nigel Adkins’ Southampton.
Latics were thankful to a number of good saves from Ali Al Habsi before di Santo powered us in front with a shot into the roof of Kelvin Davis's net from a tight angle after being played in by Shaun Maloney.
Kone made sure of the win in the closing stages, he robbed Jose Fonte before finishing form close range with aplomb.
Latics: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa, McCarthy, Maloney (Beausejour 75), McArthur, Kone (Boselli 89), Di Santo (Gomez 67).
Subs not used: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, Watson.
Southampton: Davis, Clyne, Hooiveld, Fonte, Fox, Schneiderlin, Davis (Ward-Prowse 75), Lallana, Do Prado, Lambert, Rodriguez (Sharp 76).
Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Shaw, Seaborne, Puncheon.
THE LAST TIME
LATICS 2 – 2 SOUTHAMPTON
DW STADIUM, 2 FEBRUARY 2013
Shaun Maloney salvaged Latics a late point in our battle for Premier League survival in February 2013 as Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton looked to have grabbed all three points at the DW Stadium through a late Morgan Schneiderlin goal.
Gary Caldwell had given Latics the lead in the game but Rickie Lambert scored just after the hour mark to make it 1-1.
Caldwell’s opener came on 25 minutes when he headed home from Jean Beausejour’s corner.
It took until midway through the second-half for the Saints to respond as their talisman Lambert bravely beat Al Habsi to the ball to head home from close range after fine work from Jack Cork on the right wing.
The winner looked to have come through Schneiderlin, who side-footed home from close range after a rapid Saints break culminating in a fine run and cross from Jay Rodriguez.
But Latics refused to give up and when Paul Scharner got his head to a late corner, Maloney was there to scuff the ball over the line.
Latics: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Stam (Gomez 56), Figueroa, McCarthy (Henriquez 89), Maloney, McArthur, Espinoza (McManaman 75), Beausejour, Scharner, Di Santo.
Subs not used: Robles, Golobart, Campabadal, Jones.
Southampton: Boruc, Clyne (Lallana 60), Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Ramirez (Davis 45), Cork, Puncheon (Ward-Prowse 81), Lambert, Rodriguez.
Subs not used: Davis, Fox, Richardson, Lee.