PHOTOS: Best pics as Southampton beat Leicester 2-0

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Shane Long scored twice to help Southampton beat Leicester 2-0.

Southampton's amazing start to the season continued on Saturday as they beat Leicester City 2-0 at St. Mary's Stadium.

Despite peppering the Leicester goal for the majority of the game, it took until the 75th minute for substitute Shane Long to come off the bench and break the deadlock, sweeping home Graziano Pelle's lay off.

Long then made it two just five minutes later as he latched on to Victor Wanyama's long ball over the top to slot past Kasper Schmeichel and hand the Saints yet another three points.

Here are some of the pictures that tell the story of the game... 

Ronald Koeman continues to impress on the South Coast. The former Feyenoord boss replaced Mauricio Pochettino this summer, and having notched his eighth win of the season against Leicester, his Saints side sit just four points behind league leaders Chelsea.

With only five goals conceded this season, Southampton have kept seven clean sheets already this term, and that's formed the basis for their success.

Striker Long has endured a tough time at Southampton so far, failing to get on the scoresheet in the league before meeting the Foxes on Saturday.

Graziano Pelle has taken most of the limelight in the Saints attack so far, but Long celebrated his opening goal, much to the relief of Koeman, who paid Hull City £12m for the Irishman. 

Long then made it two when he beat the offside trap to take Wanyama's pass and slot the ball past Schmeichel, capping off an impressive cameo from the former West Brom and Reading striker.

He may not be quite as prolific as Pelle, but he offers pace, direction and effort in attack, which came in very handy when the Saints couldn't break Leicester down.

However, it wasn't such a good day for Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, who has seen his side slip to five defeats in the last six games since beating Manchester United 5-3 in September.

Pearson may have won the Championship title last year, but the pressure is starting to build after scoring just twice in those six games without a win - and they came against bottom club Burnley.

It wasn't a happy return to the South Coast for former Saints boss Pearson, but Koeman's men go from strength to strength - an unlikely success story given their sales over the summer.

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