Long: Renewed optimism

By SFC Media Mon 14 Jan Leicester v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Shane Long

Shane Long is keen for the weekend's victory over Leicester City to be a turning point in Saints' season, having edged out of the Premier League drop zone with a valuable three points.

The Irishman was on target for the first time this term, in what turned out to be the game's winner, and he's convinced that the tide is turning under manager Ralph Hansenhüttl.

Looking ahead to the remainder of January, Saints face Everton and Crystal Palace, both at home - fixtures that Long believes are potentially winnable with the right mentality.

"To come away with three points and go into Everton at home and the games that follow is a good feeling," the striker began.

"I think the Chelsea game was a great performance, so to kick on from that sets us up for what could be a good month in January.

"We like to approach every game as it comes, but it’s hard not to look ahead at the games we have coming up.

"They’re tough games, but ones we can pick up points from. We can turn our whole season in the next four or five games and be looking up instead of down."

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