Two Saints stars in agreement over who the weekend game-changer was

Southampton's Steven Davis and Victor Wanyama have praised Shane Long for the impact he made against Leicester City.

Southampton midfield duo Steven Davis and Victor Wanyama were both in agreement over who changed the game during their 2-0 win against Leicester City on Saturday. 

The duo both said Shane Long, who came off the substitutes' bench midway through the second half, was the reason that they were able to pick up the three points and paid testament to his ability. 

Long was only on the pitch for the final 25 minutes of play, but he still had time to hit the back of the net twice and his impact delighted his teammates. 

“Obviously Shane came on and made the difference," Davis said to Southampton's official site

It was an opinion which Wanyama agreed with, with the Kenyan midfielder believing that he took the pressure off his shoulders. 

"He came in and he changed the game, so it was really important for us to get somebody in and just get us a goal," Wanyama said. "He gave us the first goal, which took the pressure off our shoulders, so we’re really happy."

The brace provided Long with his first two Premier League goals since signing from Hull City and he not only relieved some of the pressure on the team to get the three points, but also on himself.

While many of Southampton's summer signings have adapted to life at St. Mary's with consummate ease, Long has taken rather longer to get off the mark.

Although it would be wrong to simply look at the Irishman's goal record, as he offers a lot more than that in general play, the scrutiny was starting to mount after a prolonged period without hitting the back of the net.

After scoring in the League Cup and grabbing his first couple of league goals, the task for Long will be to push on now.

He is likely to come back into the starting line-up after this fine cameo and he will be hoping to have a similar impact when the side take on Aston Villa after the international break. 

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