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Saturday 19 August 2017

Frustrating night for Long as Saints oust poor Palace

Southampton 3 Crystal Palace 1

Southampton's Shane Long has a shot at goal. Photo: REUTERS
Southampton's Shane Long has a shot at goal. Photo: REUTERS

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.

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