10-men Southampton beat Leicester City
Leicester: Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said Shane Long “deserved” his first goal in nine months as the Saints won at Leicester despite spending the entire second half with 10 men.
Long scored Southampton’s crucial second goal in first-half stoppage time at the King Power Stadium, his first in 22 appearances, as the Saints moved out of the Premier League relegation zone.
“I said to Shane, ‘You deserve to score today because you worked so hard in the week’,” Hasenhuttl told BBC Sport. “He is quick and has good headers. It was a really good game for him.
“I know he hasn’t got the best finishing record but I know previously he scored 10 to 12 times. I want to bring him back into this shape.”
James Ward-Prowse gave Southampton an early lead from the penalty spot after Long was bundled over in the area by Nampalys Mendy.
Saints defender Yan Valery was then shown a second yellow card for a foul on Marc Albrighton before Long doubled their lead shortly before the break. Score: Leicester 1-2 Southampton