Southampton fell to defeat against Cardiff City on Saturday in dramatic circumstances. Despite having equalised themselves in stoppage time, the Saints contrived to allow Cardiff to claim a late winner.
The result lifted the Bluebirds out of the relegation zone and sent the south coast club closer to it.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl will be furious that his side weren’t able to cling onto the draw at St Mary’s Stadium. Too many of his players made errors and his side generally lacked cohesion. One man who particularly struggled to make an impact was Shane Long.
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The 32-year-old worked hard but nothing he tried came off. If Southampton are to stay out of trouble this season they need the 82-cap Republic of Ireland forward to be able to deliver when called upon, but he failed to do that against Cardiff.
After the match, plenty of Saints fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment with Long’s display…
Can anyone tell me how Shane Long is a Premier League footballer? Absolutely diabolical. #saintsfc
— Matt Dettmer (@dettmer93) 9 February 2019
Sam Gallagher neeeds to be given a go upfront seems to offer more than Long and Austin up front. Needs a few games, not just Arsenal away… #saintsfc
— Harry Sorrell (@sorrellh) 9 February 2019
That was the worst performance I’ve seen in a long time from a visiting side and #saintsfc still conspired to lose. So much dead wood in the squad – yes, it’s 2019 and Shane Long still starts
— Arthur Fane (@ArthurFane) 9 February 2019
We looked totally dis-jointed in the final third without a centre forward. Massive error not signing a striker. No one linking up the play up front. I’m sorry if Shane long plays every week we are doomed. He can’t read the balls through, make space or shoot #saintsfc
— Scott (@sday_) 9 February 2019
Please can we stop allowing Long and Elyounoussi in the #saintsfc side. Put them in the reserves and mutually terminate their contracts. They are less than useless.
— Deppo (@DeppoInExile) 9 February 2019
It was so obvious we needed a striker, and we didn’t get one! After Adams we had no plan B and there’s hundreds of goal scoring strikers out there. We can’t rely on Long playing up front every single week because he does nothing 9 times out of 10. #SaintsFC
— Nathan Newington (@newington13) 9 February 2019
Disappointed but not surprised
Fully saw a game like this coming, we got cocky. Ralph got cocky… Should of made a sub much earlier, it was clear Long wasn’t working #SaintsFC
— Saint Harris (@LHarrisSFC) 9 February 2019
#SaintsFC wouldn’t sanction a deal to sign Adams who scores goals but we are still happy to pay massive wages to Long who can’t score & Ings who can’t stay fit! Hold on tight fans it’s going to be scary end of season.
— chris cox (@chriscox7) 9 February 2019