Date: 10th March 2016 at 7:05pm
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Name: Shane Long
Position: Striker

oring the 3rd goal - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Forward Long has netted twice in his last three league outings – scoring against Swansea City and Chelsea respectively – Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Two defeats in their last three Premier League outings has seen Southampton’s hopes of qualifying for Europe next term suffer a severe blow, falling six points adrift of sixth placed Manchester United with only nine games remaining.

However personal pride is still up for grabs at St Mary’s Stadium, if the Saints do eventually fall short of their pursuit of the top six, with forward Shane Long the favourite to pick up the club’s top goalscorer award come May.

The 29-year-old, who has 59 international caps for the Republic of Ireland and is set to star for his country at this summer’s 2016 European Championships in France, has scored ten goals in 26 appearances in all competitions for Ronald Koeman’s men so far this season.

Long, who joined Southampton from Hull City back in August 2014 for a reported fee of £12m, is also the club’s top goalscorer in the Premier League with seven strikes – one more than strike partner Graziano Pelle and midfielder Dusan Tadic (Both six) heading into the final nine games of the season.

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