Premier League
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Southampton 2-0 Leicester City

By Ian WoodcockBBC Sport
Shane Long and Victor Wanyama
Shane Long (right) scored his first two league goals for Southampton
  • Southampton remain four points behind leaders Chelsea
  • The Saints have kept four successive league clean sheets
  • Leicester without a win in their last six matches
  • Shane Long scores his first league goals for Southampton

Substitute Shane Long's brace gave second-placed Southampton victory over struggling Leicester City.

Saints forward Sadio Mane blazed his side's best opening over the bar in a quiet first half of few chances.

Long put the hosts in front with a measured finish from 16 yards after good hold up play from Graziano Pelle.

The former Hull striker sealed victory after Victor Wanyama's through ball sent him in on goal before Chris Wood missed a fine chance for the Foxes.

Shane Long made the difference - Ronald Koeman

Long had failed to score in his first nine league outings for the Saints after his £12m summer move from the Tigers but his introduction completely changed the course of the match.

Ronald Koeman's Saints have only conceded one goal at home all season and are guaranteed to enter the international break in second place.

But the visitors, without a win since September, had the better of the opening exchanges with the Saints struggling to build up any rhythm on a slick pitch in torrential rain.

The lively Mane came closest to opening the scoring in a scrappy first half but he failed to keep his effort down after the ball had bounced into his path in the penalty area.

The hosts picked up where they had left off at the end of the first half and Italian international Pelle came close to his 10th of the season when he shot over from a Dusan Tadic cross before Mane had a goal rightly ruled out for offside.

Foxes boss Nigel Pearson had backed his side's Premier League credentials before the game but their winless run now stands at six matches, they have failed to score in their last four and remain in the relegation zone.

Southampton 2-0 Leicester: Tough run for Foxes - Nigel Pearson

The Saints eventually got the reward their endeavour deserved in the 75th minute when Pelle showed good strength and awareness to lay the ball off to Long who made no mistake.

He doubled his side's advantage five minutes later after visiting keeper Kasper Schmeichel's poor clearance was picked up by Wanywama who played a well-weighted ball over the the top for the Republic of Ireland international to finish calmly.

The Foxes should have got themselves back in it with less than five minutes to go but Wood scooped wide from eight yards with home keeper Fraser Forster beaten.

Long could have completed his hat-trick but fired into the side-netting in the final minute.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman:

"We missed quality in the final third in the first half.

"We will always create opportunities because we have good players.

"Shane made the difference today. He might have been disappointed not to be playing but his attitude was fantastic.

"We have had a good run in the last few weeks but we need a rest. That's difficult because we have 17 players on international duty. We hope they all come back fit."

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson:

"The top and bottom of it is we couldn't score.

"We're experiencing a tough run at the moment and we can't find a way to win.

"Clearly we have ability but the Premier League is about being ruthless in both boxes.

"It is a learning curve for us but we are not here to make up the numbers."

Graziano Pelle
Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has scored 10 goals for the Saints since his summer switch from Feyenoord
Nigel Pearson
Nigel Pearson guided Leicester to the Championship title last season but they have won just twice this season
Chris Wood
Foxes striker Chris Wood has not score since the opening day of the season
Shane Long and Dusan Tadic
Long came off the bench in the 68th minute and opened the scoring just seven minutes later

Line-ups

Southampton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Forster
  • 2Clyne
  • 6José Fonte
  • 17AlderweireldBooked at 54mins
  • 21Bertrand
  • 8DavisSubstituted forCorkat 40'minutes
  • 12Wanyama
  • 4SchneiderlinBooked at 37minsSubstituted forReedat 90+2'minutes
  • 11Tadic
  • 19Pellè
  • 10ManéSubstituted forLongat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 3Yoshida
  • 5Gardos
  • 7Long
  • 18Cork
  • 24Mayuka
  • 28Reed

Leicester

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de LaetSubstituted forMooreat 54'minutesBooked at 58mins
  • 27WasilewskiBooked at 78mins
  • 5Morgan
  • 15Schlupp
  • 19Cambiasso
  • 8James
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 10KingSubstituted forPowellat 76'minutes
  • 23UlloaSubstituted forWoodat 71'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 3Konchesky
  • 14Powell
  • 18Moore
  • 26Mahrez
  • 31Smith
  • 35Nugent
  • 39Wood
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
31,297

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 2, Leicester City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Leicester City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Harrison Reed replaces Morgan Schneiderlin.

  6. Post update

    Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Southampton. Nathaniel Clyne tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marcin Wasilewski with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

  12. Post update

    Chris Wood (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

  14. Post update

    Matthew James (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

  16. Post update

    Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Southampton 2, Leicester City 0. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Victor Wanyama with a through ball.

  18. Booking

    Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).