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Saturday 16 December 2017

Long hits first goal for Southampton

Celtic's John Guidetti celebrates his third goal during the Scottish League Cup Quarter Final match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 29, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's John Guidetti celebrates his third goal during the Scottish League Cup Quarter Final match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 29, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

IRELAND striker Shane Long scored his first goal since his move to Southampton in last night's dramatic 3-2 Capital One Cup 'last 16' win over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

This game was much more eventful than Saturday's 1-0 Premier League victory for the Saints, with Graziano Pelle netting his second two minutes from time.

Saints looked in control at half-time at two up through Pelle and Long but Stoke levelled through Steven Nzonzi and Mame Biram Diouf.

However, moments after substitute Peter Crouch was sent off, Pelle grabbed his second to earn Southampton their ninth win in 10 games.

More than 2,000 Southampton fans were celebrating inside six minutes as Pelle notched his ninth of the season.

The Saints doubled their lead on the half-hour mark. Dusan Tadic played in Steven Davis on the right of the area and he pulled the ball back for Long to slot under Begovic.

It took Stoke only four minutes to halve the deficit after the break. Nzonzi unleashed a low shot into the corner behind the dive of Fraser Forster.

After five corners in quick succession, with near misses for Phil Bardsley and Crouch, Diouf scored.

It looked like extra-time beckoned but Crouch was dismissed for fouling Davis and from the free-kick a mistake by Erik Pieters allowed Pelle to slam home the winner.

Meanwhile at White Hart Lane, Spurs progressed to the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Brighton. Erik Lamela opened on 54 minutes, with Harry Kane doubling his side's advantage in the 74th minute.

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