Leicester City remain winless away from home in the Premier League after they were thrashed 3-0 by Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday (22/1/17).
The defending champions have now conceded more goals this campaign than they did throughout the whole of their title-winning season 2015/16.
Claudio Ranieri’s side remain three places and five points above the relegation zone.
First-half goals for James Ward-Prowse and Jay Rodriguez plus a late penalty by Dusan Tadic led the Saints to a comfortable win that came at the cost of an injury to key defender Virgil van Dyke, who limped off in the second half, according to Reuters.
Ward-Prowse scored the first goal after 26 minutes following an assist from Cedric Soares, before Rodriguez doubled the lead in the 39th minute with a left-foot shot past the keeper.
Wes Morgan was fortunate when his own goal was ruled out for offside in the second half but Leicester’s captain then held back Shane Long for a penalty that Tadic slotted home as Southampton ended a run of four successive league defeats.
The Saints climb to 11th place having comfortably avoided equalling the club’s top-flight record of five consecutive defeats, set in 1998.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri took full responsibility for the defeat but vowed to get a first win in their next away match.
“It was not a good performance. It is my fault. I wanted to change the shape of my teams in the last two matches. Against Chelsea, we played three at the back, today a diamond in midfield. Maybe my players didn’t understand my idea very well,” said Ranieri.
“It is important to react. I take responsibility. We have to go back with more desire to get the first away win. I know we try to do our best. At the moment, everything is wrong. I am very frustrated,” he added.
Southampton manager Claude Puel said the win was very important after losing their past four matches.
“I think it was a good first half and a good game. We had good management and the possibility to finish the game before we did with a lot of chances. A clean sheet, goals – it is perfect for us. It was important to win after the last four we have lost,” indicated Puel.
“I am pleased to see the players trying to shoot with more responsibility and that Ward-Prowse scored from midfield. That is important and I like this,” he reiterated.
Leicester’s haul of 21 points from 22 games is the joint-worst return for a reigning champion in top-flight history (Ipswich in 1962-63, converted to three points for a win).