SHANE LONG’s last four Southampton goals have all come under different managers after his key strike in the win over Leicester City.
The Republic of Ireland international netted in first half stoppage time to double Saints’ advantage – just 90 seconds after full-back Yan Valery was dismissed for a second yellow card.
Wilfred Ndidi pulled one back after the break but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side held on for the 2-1 win and climb out of the relegation zone and pile the pressure on Claude Puel.
Long has found goals hard to come by of late and had failed to score in the last nine months prior to the trip to the King Power Stadium.
The St Mary’s club have had four different managers in the last 19 months and the 31-year-old’s contribution during each tenure has been pitiful.
Long’s first under Hasenhuttl comes after he registered just once during Mark Hughes and Mauricio Pellegrino’s spells in charge.
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His only strike during Hughes’ reign came in the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal last April, while his sole strike while Pellegrino was at the club came in another loss to Crystal Palace in 12 months ago.
Five goals came amid Claude Puel’s era, the final one of which was plundered in the 4-0 thrashing of Sunderland all the way back in February 2017.
Hasenhuttl naturally wants a new striker in the January transfer window after offloading Manolo Gabbiadini to Sampdoria.
But it remains to be seen whether Long now becomes the chief forward as the south coast club look to pull clear of the bottom three.
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