Frustrating night for Long as Saints oust poor Palace
Southampton 3 Crystal Palace 1
Maya Yoshida and James Ward-Prowse spared Shane Long's blushes as Southampton hit two goals in as many minutes to sink Crystal Palace 3-1 at St Mary's.
Republic of Ireland striker Long spurned a trio of gilt-edged chances and Saints were almost made to pay for that wastefulness, until Yoshida came to the rescue.
The Japan defender's tap-in seven minutes from time turned this Premier League tie, after Christian Benteke and Nathan Redmond had traded first-half goals.
Saints laboured without injured arch finisher Manolo Gabbiadini, with Long unable to match the Italian's predatory instincts.
Ward-Prowse firing the third after good approach play from Tadic and Soares.