Southampton's fine start to the season shows no signs of stopping. Even when the likes of Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane are having an off-day, Ronald Koeman can call on a substitute to do the business.
Shane Long was brought off the Saints' bench with just 22 minutes of normal-time to play on Saturday and with the scores level. But that was more than enough time for the former Hull City player to net a brace, scoring his first league goals of the season having previously failed to hit the net in nine appearances.
Against Leicester it was a different story, with the Republic of Ireland international having a 100 per cent shooting accuracy, finding the target with all three of his efforts and the back of the net with two of them.
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The result means Southampton now have a remarkable 25 points from 11 league games this season and they remain just four points behind undefeated league leaders Chelsea.
With Pelle previously on fire, the Italian international will now be looking over his shoulder knowing Southampton have some effective alternative options should the goals dry up.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Southampton fans made of Long's performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Fantastic finish again. Hopefully the Shane Long bandwagon can finally start rolling. #SaintsFC— Ross (@rossbramble) November 8, 2014
Shane Long never looked up at the player square of him. Deadly strikers instinct. Great sub by @RonaldKoeman— SaintsNews&Views (@SaintsfcViews) November 8, 2014
shane long that curl was superb— James Machariah (@mashdolski) November 8, 2014
So many people telling me we wasted money on Shane Long. Fee was high but he's a good PL player.— Glen Vardy (@glennvardy) November 8, 2014
£12 million. Shane Long. Worth every penny. Prolific— Martin Nolan (@intothebigman) November 8, 2014
Koeman is so amazing he has made shane long into the complete forward— Alex Gray (@Almangrayhairs) November 8, 2014