Jamie Vardy revealed Leicester City felt they could break Manchester United’s Premier League record for the biggest ever win as they equalled the mark with a 9-0 rout on the road against 10-man Southampton.
The Foxes went second in the table as they achieved the biggest away win in Premier League history, surpassing Man Utd’s 8-1 win at Nottingham Forest in 1999, but fell just short of bettering the Red Devils 9-0 win against Ipswich Town in 1995.
Vardy and Ayoze Perez both secured hat-tricks, with Ben Chilwell, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison also scoring as the Saints struggled to defend once Ryan Bertrand was sent off early in the first half.
Vardy, whose 94th minute penalty and third goal equalled the record, said defender Jonny Evans, formerly of Man Utd, made the team aware of what they could achieve once Perez scored the sixth in the 57th minute.
“Well we actually found out [about the record] at 6-0 when Jonny Evans came sprinting over, saying if we carry on doing what we’re doing we can get the record,” Vardy told Sky Sports.
“We’ve gone all the way to the end and managed to do it.
“It’s a great victory, a great performance for the lads and I’m absolutely buzzing for the fans.”