Shane Long has not had the most prolific of seasons at Southampton this term.
The forward has found the back of the net just once in the Premier League in 16 performances, 10 of which were starts.
The goal came recently, though, as the Irishman struck in Saints’ 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on January 2.
This afternoon, during a league clash against Watford at Vicarage Road, Southampton drew first blood, and even though Long was not the man to strike, he played a major role in the goal.
The 30-year-old had the ball at the byline before cutting it back to find James Ward-Prowse, who slotted it home in the 20th minute.
Long has received criticism throughout the campaign for his failings in front of goal, but on this occasion, he was showered with praise by fans on Twitter for his work-rate.
So, if anyone jumps on me about Long – read my previous tweets – I always said he can do a job as a winger, he has pace and can cross a ball – he proved this point!
— Paul ✴ (@firelakeco) January 13, 2018
Get in! Pleased for Prowsey but Shane Long….. cmon sign the lad on for the rest of his career. So underestimated. Not a prolific goal machine but work rate, commitment and speed… no one better #SaintsFC
— Darren Boyce (@dbmuaythai) January 13, 2018
Shane Long was tremendous with that assist #SaintsFC
— antineil (@antineil) January 13, 2018
Shane Long proving he's a betyer winger than a striker #saintsfc
— Tom – Very Stable Genius (@FullAhBeans) January 13, 2018
Great work by Long 👏🏼 #SaintsFC
— Mark Reeves (@MarkReeves999) January 13, 2018
Excellent goal all round that! Great work from Long and a good finish from Prowsey . Couple of promising signs #SaintsFC
— Liam Houghton (@Liam_Houghton98) January 13, 2018
COME ON!! great composire from JWP and Long! #saintsfc
— Steve B (@vibesniper37) January 13, 2018
The coastal club headed into the match just one place above the relegation zone after failing to win a game since November.
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