Southampton striker backs them to bounce back from Stoke loss

Shane Long

Shane Long believes they were unfortunate not to get a point from the game.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Southampton striker Shane Long has backed them to bounce back from the defeat to Stoke last weekend.

The Saints had been enjoying a fine run of form in the Premier League before Saturday’s game, having gone eight games unbeaten in the league.

That came to an abrupt end against the Potters though, as an early Bojan goal handed all three points to Mark Hughes’s side.

A win could have seen Ronald Koeman’s side go sixth in the take, and just three points outside the top four, adding to their disappointment at the result.

Long has however backed them to get back on track with three big games coming up next.

“We’re back in training next week. We’ll look forward to Man City,” he told saintsfc.co.uk.

“We’ve then got three games in a week with Liverpool and Villa after that. We’ll get back on track. We’ll have a good training week and I’m sure the gaffer will have us well prepared for three big games.”

The Republic of Ireland forward does however believe his side were unfortunate not to get at least a point from the game.

Southampton were twice denied the chance to level the scores from the spot, with Graziano Pelle in particular unlucky not to be handed a penalty after appearing to be dragged down in the box.

And Long says it was one of those games in which they needed something to fall their way.

“We needed that little break to fall for us,” he added.

“We could have gone onto win the game, but credit has to go to Stoke. They held out and I think a draw would have been a fair result. They got the win and we have to go away and try and learn from this.”

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