10-men Southamp­ton beat Le­ices­ter City

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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

-BBC Sport

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