Southampton coach Ralph Hasenhuttl took full responsibility after Saints suffered their largest-ever defeat after being hammered 9-0 by Leicester at St. Mary's.

The Foxes scored three goals in the first 19 minutes, aided by a straight red card to Ryan Bertrand as Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez both completed hat-tricks in the second half.

The result plunges Southampton into the relegation zone on goal difference as they remain without a home win in the league since April.

"That was one of the tough ones tonight. The performance was a disaster and I have to apologise and take 100% responsibility," Hasenhuttl told the BBC.

"I've never seen a team act like this, there was no fight for anything.

"It was horrible to watch and everyone who stayed to watch is really a fan of this football club. I'm a proud man, but the way we play today is not the way I want to see my team play.

"I said we must play to the last minute, but I can understand why the fans left. We all must to do everything to pull this back."

Saints captain Pierre-Emile Hojberg also apologised to the fans and described the result as "embarrassing".

"I can only put my head in front of the team and say the only thing that matters is what we do going forward, and we can never let something like this happen again," he said.

"It's very embarrassing and very difficult for the whole team and we're the ones to blame. We need to take it. I'm sorry, the only thing I can say to the fans is 'I apologise'.

Southampton's week doesn't get any easier as they face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup and the Premier League over the next seven days.

Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy hit hat-tricks as Leicester City stormed to a record-equalling 9-0 Premier League win over a beleaguered 10-man Southampton at St Mary's.

Perez, a close-season signing from Newcastle United, was fouled in the build-up to Ben Chilwell's 10th-minute opener – an incident that saw Ryan Bertrand sent off after a VAR review.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's home side failed comprehensively to deal with their numerical disadvantage as the goals rained in amid a torrential downpour on England's south coast – Youri Tielemans scoring number two before Perez's first Leicester goal set him on the way to a share of the matchball.

The goals flooded in, and James Maddison's superb free-kick made it 8-0 – which at the time matched the biggest margin of away victory in Premier League history.

Leicester went one better still when Vardy won and converted a stoppage-time penalty, to bring the Foxes level with Manchester United's 9-0 shellacking of Ipswich Town in March 1995.

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