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Five of Saints' best Premier League comebacks

Southampton vs Liverpool, 2000

Jo Tessem, Marian Pahars and James Beattie celebrate Pahars's equaliser in a 3-3 draw against Liverpool in 2000

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17:07 21st March 2016

After Southampton rallied from 2-0 down to beat Liverpool 3-2 on Sunday, we look back at five more of the club's best Premier League comebacks.

Southampton 4-2 Fulham (27th October 2002)

James Beattie scores against Fulham

Just like against Liverpool, Saints came from 2-0 down at St Mary’s to claim all three points in this encounter.

Strikes from Lee Clark and Steed Malbranque had put the Cottagers two ahead inside the opening 25 minutes at St Mary’s.

But Gordon Strachan’s side roared back, with James Beattie kicking-off the rally  just two minutes later, converting from the penalty spot following a handball.

Beattie levelled the game shortly before the interval, heading in a Fabrice Fernandes cross, and he completed his hat-trick to put Saints in front in the 53rd minute, with a downward header from Anders Svensson’s in-swinging free-kick.

Brett Ormerod then put the icing on the cake with a low finish past Edwin van der Sar in the 72nd minute.

Southampton 3-3 Liverpool (26th August 2000)

Marian Pahars scores against Liverpool

Saints looked to be heading for a certain defeat, as they trailed the Reds 3-0 with 15 minutes remaining at The Dell, after Michael Owen scored twice for the visitors and Sami Hyypia netted in between.

But Marian Pahars began a sensational comeback when he headed in a Jo Tessem cross at the back post with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.

In the 85th minute, Southampton chipped further away at the Liverpool lead, as Tahar El Khalej flicked a back-header past Sander Westerveld, and the incredible recovery was then completed in added time when a high, curling cross from Matt Le Tissier was headed hazardously by Djimi Traore back towards his own goal, and Pahars stole in to side-foot home the equaliser from close range.

Southampton 2-2 Newcastle United (18th January 1997)

Le Tissier scores against Newcastle

Saints snatched a point in one of the most dramatic finishes ever seen to a game at The Dell.

All looked lost for Graeme Souness’s team, after goals from Les Ferdinand in the 13th minute and Lee Clark seven minutes from time had put the Magpies 2-0 up.

But Saints grabbed a lifeline in the 89th minute, as Neil Maddison finished from six yards out after Newcastle keeper Shaka Hislop had spilled a Simon Charlton free-kick.

Then, with the clock ticking down, and as he did on so many occasions, Matt Le Tissier rescued the hosts with a stunning strike.

As the ball rolled into his path 25 yards out, he hit a ferocious, slicing right-footed shot that thundered past Hislop and into the corner of the net, sending the home crowd delirious.

Norwich City 4-5 Southampton (9th April 1994)

Le Tissier scores against Norwich

In what must surely rank as one of the wildest games of the Premier League era, relegation-threatened Saints came from behind on three separate occasions before snatching a dramatic winner deep into added time.

Mark Robins put the hosts in front after 37 minutes, only for Rob Ullathorne to deflect a Neil Maddison shot into his own net to level the scores just before half-time.

A Jeremy Goss header shortly after the interval made it 2-1, before Chris Sutton slotted home to double the advantage for the hosts.

Matt Le Tissier’s low, left-footed strike cut the deficit to 3-2 and he then levelled matters from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute.

However, having fought back valiantly to 3-3, Saints conceded a fourth to Norwich just seconds later, as Sutton looped in a header.

But it was 4-4 in the 72nd minute, as Le Tissier completed a ‘perfect’ hat-trick, by heading in a Jeff Kenna cross at the back post.

Saints then won it deep into added time, when Le Tissier forced a corner and delivered a superb ball into the path of Ken Monkou, who powered a downward header into the back of the net, giving Alan Ball’s side a result that would go on to spark a memorable ‘great escape’.

Southampton 3-1 Newcastle (22nd March 1995)

The scoreline might suggest this was a comfortable afternoon for Saints, yet it was anything but.

Alan Ball’s side trailed 1-0 with just four minutes remaining, after Paul Kitson had given the visitors an early lead.

They would go on to produce one of their finest ever finishes to a match, though, scoring three times in the dying minutes to seal three points.

Neil Heaney scrambled home the equaliser in the 86th minute, after Pavel Srnicek had saved a Gordon Watson header, and it was Watson who prodded in a loose ball inside the six-yard box shortly afterwards when the Newcastle keeper spilled a Jason Dodd cross.

After Srnicek committed another error, fumbling Neil Heaney’s shot, Neil Shipperley reacted quickly to flick the ball past him and complete a memorable final few minutes.

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