Marc Antoine Fortune and Danny Fox were both sent off at St Mary’s yesterday as Artur Boruc saved Southampton from an even bigger hiding than a 3-0 defeat to West Brom.
The former Celtic duo were dismissed in separate incidents with both men making a return to first team duty after spells on the sidelines.
Fortune opened the scoring from close range in the 6th minute but was red carded in the second half for pushing his hand into the face of Gaston Ramirez who was about to be sent off for elbowing Shane Long.
West Brom boss Steve Clarke admitted: “They tell me Marc pushed him and his hand caught him in the face so if that is the case we will take the punishment.
“I thought the other two red cards were clear as well, although it is a shame when a game finishes 10 against nine.”
With West Brom 3-0 up Fox put in a desperate two footed lunge on Andy Reid leaving Robbie Madley, in charge of his first Premiership match, with no option but to issue a straight red card.
Taking an Arsene Wenger type approach to the sending off’s Saints boss said Mauricio Pochettino : “I need to review the images on the TV and we’ll see later on if they are actually red cards.
“But what is true is that the team showed a side that has nothing to do with who we are and how we play.”
Fox’s Celtic career lasted less than six months with Mowbray signing the left-back from Coventry City and selling him to Burnley who were then in the Premiership.
Fortune lasted just over a year at Celtic before being sold back to West Brom the day after Celtic’s 4-0 Europa League defeat to Utrecht.