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Southampton undone by Crystal Palace at St Mary's

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Kristopher Love | 03 January, 2018, 01:09

Long, who last found the net for his club in February of 2017, struck in the 17th minute when he smashed home Jeremy Pied's low cross from inside the area.

Shane Long looked like being the star of the show as he ended his 1320-minute goal drought in the league with a crisply taken first-half strike.

The three points lift them above Southampton and into 14th position, two clear of the drop zone, while the Saints slipped further into trouble after a ninth game without a win.

McArthur and Milivojevic, however, spoiled the party, as Palace turned over Southampton after the break with two well-taken goals.

It was also indicative of the total absence of confidence in this Southampton team.

They had already consistently probed when Oriol Romeu played a square ball across midfield to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who in space from 25 yards unleashed a powerful strike the diving Wayne Hennessey did well to tip over.

But Long's dry run has finally come to an end as the 30-year-old grabbed his side's opening goal in their match against relegation-threatened Crystal Palace at St. Mary's Stadium.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Kelly, Tomkins, Schlupp (Sako 64), Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Cabaye (c) (van Aanholt 46), Zaha, Benteke.

Disaster for Southampton. Jubilation for Palace.

The goal helped settle Southampton but extending their advantage proved hard, and they needed the fingertips of Alex McCarthy to deny Townsend an equaliser just after the half-hour.