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Shane Long 17:38 - Feb 9 with 1440 viewsHeisenberg

I know it's been said before but he really is a terrible player. He can't score, looks like a frightened rabbit if he has the ball and offers us nothing other than he runs around a lot.
With Ings and Obafemi out and Austin not fit enough to play a whole 90 minutes we are up shite street. Just throw in a youngster. He can't be any worse than Long.

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Shane Long on 17:42 - Feb 9 with 1420 viewsRipleys_revenge

Ridiculous decision to start him against such a deep and packed out defence, but on reflection Austin doesn't have the legs to start any game against a fresh defence. He'll just get bullied out of it and be done by 50 mins. Criminal by the club to not buy a striker in January, the latest in a series of astonishingly inept recruitment decisions - how on earth Ross Wilson is still in a job is beyond me.

As for Long himself, his attitude now is also very questionable, allied to his obvious lack of skill. He rarely chases and harries like he once did, balls run through his legs and he never looks to retrieve situations. Just looks p!ssed off at everyone else or moans at the ref. Absolutely terrible
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Shane Long on 17:42 - Feb 9 with 1421 views1885_SFC

Charlie Nicholas agrees...

https://thisisfutbol.com/2019/02/blogs/nicholas-slams-long-in-southampton-loss-v

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Shane Long on 17:51 - Feb 9 with 1381 viewsTimSaint

Had an absolute mare today.

Fvcked it up or gave it away at almost every opportunity - then reverted to diving to try to win free kicks.

I know he got a knock early on, so couldn't run much, but against a team like Cardiff, we needed Austin up top, as they were always going to defend deeply.

We didn't need 3 centre backs (until injury time !!), So why not go 442 ?
Where was Armstrong to open up their defence ?
Why didn't the full backs push on more ? We saw what happened when Valery decided to drive into the box FFS !!

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Shane Long on 18:36 - Feb 9 with 1341 viewsLeslie_Hughes

We should’ve stuck with Carillo. These other clowns have had heaps of time here. Why pay £20m and not stick with him.

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Shane Long on 19:33 - Feb 9 with 1289 viewssaint22

Shane Long on 17:51 - Feb 9 by TimSaint

Had an absolute mare today.

Fvcked it up or gave it away at almost every opportunity - then reverted to diving to try to win free kicks.

I know he got a knock early on, so couldn't run much, but against a team like Cardiff, we needed Austin up top, as they were always going to defend deeply.

We didn't need 3 centre backs (until injury time !!), So why not go 442 ?
Where was Armstrong to open up their defence ?
Why didn't the full backs push on more ? We saw what happened when Valery decided to drive into the box FFS !!


The lack of drive and urgency today was astonishing
The couple of times valery did attack he got into great areas
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Shane Long on 20:51 - Feb 9 with 1209 viewsstraight_pass

Shane Long on 17:51 - Feb 9 by TimSaint

Had an absolute mare today.

Fvcked it up or gave it away at almost every opportunity - then reverted to diving to try to win free kicks.

I know he got a knock early on, so couldn't run much, but against a team like Cardiff, we needed Austin up top, as they were always going to defend deeply.

We didn't need 3 centre backs (until injury time !!), So why not go 442 ?
Where was Armstrong to open up their defence ?
Why didn't the full backs push on more ? We saw what happened when Valery decided to drive into the box FFS !!


He was ineffective and playing him was not likely to work!
He was never going to get through balls to chase or turn the last defender and run at goal.
Cardiff were expected to play deep, and they did play deep! Long cannot hold the ball up and play others in, so he was the wrong choice for this game. Armstrong could have worked well with Redmond, and Austin on earlier with some service seemed worth a try. But in the end, it was a painful display that showed so many problems still exist despite our earlier bounce!
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Shane Long on 23:38 - Feb 9 with 1115 viewsKriSaint

Why didn´t we start with Gallagher? He has a pretty good scoring history from the Championship and today we met a championship team who managed 157 passes only.
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Shane Long on 09:39 - Feb 10 with 967 viewsRon11

Shane Long on 23:38 - Feb 9 by KriSaint

Why didn´t we start with Gallagher? He has a pretty good scoring history from the Championship and today we met a championship team who managed 157 passes only.


Starting with Armstrong rather than Ward Prowse would have been more positive.
I was unable to be at the game yesterday but watched it on stream.
I have to agree with some other comments on here that whenever he gets the ball, it's passed again immediately.
Anywhere...
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Shane Long on 09:45 - Feb 10 with 961 viewsLeslie_Hughes

Shane Long on 09:39 - Feb 10 by Ron11

Starting with Armstrong rather than Ward Prowse would have been more positive.
I was unable to be at the game yesterday but watched it on stream.
I have to agree with some other comments on here that whenever he gets the ball, it's passed again immediately.
Anywhere...


Armstrong has calf injury Ron. I have to say after yesterday it looks a mistake to have let Gabbiadini go. Incredible that Long is still here.

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Shane Long (n/t) on 09:46 - Feb 10 with 953 viewsDellHero

Shane Long on 09:45 - Feb 10 by Leslie_Hughes

Armstrong has calf injury Ron. I have to say after yesterday it looks a mistake to have let Gabbiadini go. Incredible that Long is still here.


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Shane Long on 09:47 - Feb 10 with 951 viewsLeslie_Hughes

Shane Long (n/t) on 09:46 - Feb 10 by DellHero

[Post edited 30 Mar 2019 7:24]


I don’t think he liked the overcast cloudy weather...

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Shane Long (n/t) on 09:49 - Feb 10 with 944 viewsDellHero

Shane Long on 09:47 - Feb 10 by Leslie_Hughes

I don’t think he liked the overcast cloudy weather...


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Shane Long on 09:56 - Feb 10 with 919 viewsRon11

Shane Long on 09:45 - Feb 10 by Leslie_Hughes

Armstrong has calf injury Ron. I have to say after yesterday it looks a mistake to have let Gabbiadini go. Incredible that Long is still here.


Ah, OK I didn't know Armstrong was injured.
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Shane Long on 11:57 - Feb 10 with 844 viewsSaintGeorge

Fans starting to see it at last? I've been saying this for three years and gettign totally slammed for it every time. Strikers score goals - at least sometimes.

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Shane Long on 12:54 - Feb 10 with 810 viewsthis_charming_man

He is laughably sh.t. you just know.when he gets the ball hes either going to miss control it or give it away, its a surprise when he actually keeps possesion.

What is wierd is our fans like to get on players backs bit for some reason long seems to have escaped it.

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Shane Long on 13:15 - Feb 10 with 785 viewsdirk_doone

Shane Long on 18:36 - Feb 9 by Leslie_Hughes

We should’ve stuck with Carillo. These other clowns have had heaps of time here. Why pay £20m and not stick with him.


I'm afraid even Pellegrino has given up on Carrillo now. He has been dropped by Leganés and replaced by Martin Braithwaite, a loanee from Middlesbrough. Leganés won 3-0 today, with Carrillo an unused sub.

For a small club, which has never finished higher than 16th in its history, Leganés are doing pretty well. They are currently 11th in La Liga: the Spanish equivalent of Bournemouth.

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