Matt Le Tissier explains why this was his greatest game – Not good news for Newcastle United fans
Matt Le Tissier has been asked to pick his ‘greatest game’ as a player.
The Saints legend picking a match that happened exactly 26 years ago today.
On 24 October 1993, Matt Le Tissier returned to the Southampton starting line-up after being dropped for five games.
The visitors were Newcastle United.
After promotion, NUFC had lost their first two matches before going eight Premier League games unbeaten.
That run ending the week before when (Sir) Les Ferdinand came to St James Park with QPR and destroyed Newcastle United, winning 2-1
However, eight days later it was Matt Le Tissier and his turn to score two goals.
He put the Saints one up with an astonishing goal, before then Andy Cole equalised.
Only for Matt Le Tissier to do it again with four minutes to go, a spectacular volley after controlling the ball with his knee.
After this defeat, Keegan’s team bounced back and lost only two (away at Chelsea and Arsenal) of their next 13 PL games, winning nine and drawing two as we moved into January 1994. That brilliant Kevin Keegan side ending up third after promotion.
Matt Le Tissier describing his greatest ever game to Sky Sports:
“It’s never easy being dropped, it’s not a nice thing, I think I was a little bit surprised, I didn’t think I was playing that badly to be dropped, certainly not the worst in the team.
“I missed five games and we didn’t win any of them and that’s why I got brought back in.
“It turned out to be a pretty big turning point in my career in the end.
“I felt like I had something to prove after being dropped for the previous five games and the fact it was live on Sky made it a little more special as well. The chance to prove to him and the football community that were watching that I could still play.
“That game against Newcastle is one that gets brought up a lot even now, because the two goals in that game were both pretty decent goals. The first one was my second-favourite goal of my entire career, and the winning goal was in the top 10 too.
“It looked like I might have been subbed, Paul Moody was warming up just before I scored the first goal, and as I scored it the camera panned back to the dugouts and I could lip-read the manager looking at him and saying ‘sit down Moods’. He’d been playing in my place for the games I was out.”
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