Southampton FC posted via their official Twitter account on Friday that it was two years to the day that Shane Long scored the goal against Liverpool at Anfield that ensured they reached the final of the EFL Cup, and Saints fans were quick to react on Twitter.
Exactly two years ago. 😍
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 25, 2019
The south coast outfit went into the semi-final second-leg with a 1-0 lead thanks to Nathan Redmond’s winner at St Mary’s, but they still faced an uphill task to get to Wembley for their first League Cup final since 1979.
However, having kept Jurgen Klopp’s men relatively quiet for 90 minutes, they broke away in injury time and having carried the ball with him for yard after yard, substitute Josh Sims played in Long who finished brilliantly past Loris Karius in goal to send the visiting fans into raptures, as per BBC.
Claude Puel’s side ended up unfortunate 3-2 losers to Manchester United in the final at Wembley the following month, with Manolo Gabbiadini scoring a brace and having another wrongly chalked off for being offside.
While Long has found goalscoring form hard to come by since that moment, Sims has barely seen any action either – but having recently returned from an unsuccessful loan spell with Reading, as per The Daily Echo, he will be hoping to make an impact under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Southampton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the memory, and while one said they “still remember [Dejan] Lovren’s sad little face”, another said they hope Sims “gets some game time soon”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
At home recovering from flu listening on the radio. My temperature was almost as high as @AdamBlackmore 's voice shouting, "Saints are gonna go to Wembley!" My phone erupting with messages from fellow #Saintsfc fans. A joyous evening! ❤⚪😇
— SaintCirce #FBGC (@SaintCirce) January 25, 2019
And the @AdamBlackmore commentary still even now brings me out in goosebumps timeless classic, memories memories ???
— CumbrianSaint (@PhilSFCPark) January 25, 2019
On hols in a bar in Tenerife surrounded by Liverpool fans, I went mental when the goal went in #purejoy
— Jo Aggas (@joaggas) January 25, 2019
Everytime i see this i always get goosebumps absolutley brilliant night that was and was very unlucky in the final ⚪️?
— Bradders Kitch (@BraddersKitch16) January 25, 2019
In the Away End. Absolute scenes of pure joy and relief. I fell through the row in front. The reason why my glasses are slightly wonky. What a night that was.
— Will O’Donnell (@OfficialWOD1) January 25, 2019
Still remember Lovrens sad little face lol and obs screaming when goal went in
— Sarah-Jane⚽????? (@nuttyfootychick) January 25, 2019
Best moment I’ve ever had as a fan ??
— paul cook (@Paul1cook) January 25, 2019
It was Sims’ run that made it. Would love to see him getting the opportunity to do more of that! And Long actually scored – would like to see HIM do more of that too!
— Mark Baldwin (@markswan52) January 25, 2019
— Ben Rowe (@benrowe) January 25, 2019
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