Long delighted to be back in the goals

By SFC Media Wed 24 Apr Watford v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Shane Long

Premier League record breaker Shane Long is just pleased to be back in the goals.

The striker’s history-making opener at Watford, clocking in at 7.69 seconds, was his third in his last four games.

The first of those, against Liverpool at the start of the month, was the 50th of his Premier League career.

“I pride myself on how hard I work for the team and the lads appreciate that as well,” he said.

“It’s nice over the last four or five weeks to be scoring goals and getting back to form.

“I’ve struggled this season with injuries and niggles, so to come back like I have, scoring goals, it’s always a nice feeling.”

Long has spoken before about his own self-doubt in times when he has experienced long periods without scoring.

“It is tough and you do question yourself, but I think the thing I’m most proud of is how hard it’s been,” he explained.

“I’ve kept pushing myself, kept believing and I’m getting my rewards now. 

“A couple of weeks ago I got a nice record, being the fourth Irishman to get 50 goals, and now this one, so it’s nice to get those rewards when you’ve worked so hard to come back even stronger.”

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