Southampton were not motivated by revenge for their 9-0 thrashing by Leicester City in October as they claimed a surprise win at King Power Stadium, says Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Hasenhuttl’s men claimed a deserved victory at the home of the Premier League’s second-placed team courtesy of in-form striker Danny Ings’ late winner.
The Foxes, who were searching for a third successive league win, took an early lead when Dennis Praet tapped in his first goal for the club.
But any thoughts of another easy victory for Brendan Rodgers’ side were quickly dispelled when Stuart Armstrong equalised with a deflected shot.
Ings, who has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 league starts, was a thorn in Leicester’s side all afternoon and having already struck the crossbar twice, he slotted through Kasper Schmeichel’s legs late on.
Leicester thought they had salvaged a draw with a 90th-minute equaliser from Jonny Evans but the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled it out for offside.
“We deserved to win it because we had so many chances. It was a fantastic team performance again,” said Hassenhuttl.
“If you concede the first goal against a team who has previously scored nine against you, you have to be very mentally strong to respond.
“But we left everything on the pitch and we were a little bit unlucky in the first half, so you could feel we had the potential to win the game at half-time.
“We didn’t want to have revenge, we wanted to show ourselves how far we’ve gone in our development.”
The victory sees Southampton remain 12th, but move level on points with Everton and Arsenal, while Leicester stay second but 16 points behind Liverpool, who beat Tottenham.
The victory represents a remarkable turnaround from the previous result between the sides but it was nothing more than the visitors deserved having dominated in the first half and matched Leicester in the second.
But while the Saints shaded the chances, Leicester did have the ball in the net on another two occasions – through Jamie Vardy then Kelechi Iheanacho – but both efforts were disallowed for offside by the on-field officials.
Saints were also awarded a penalty in the second half when Caglar Soyuncu bundled Shane Long over in the box but VAR also overturned that decision.