Shane Long landed the Vision Accendo Goal of the Season at Southampton’s Player Awards night on Wednesday evening.
Long won the accolade for his second strike against Aston Villa last weekend. In the context of the season he left it late to register his best effort of the campaign, but supporters were quick to choose the Irishman’s wonder goal against the Villans as their favourite.
The prize was voted for by those in attendance on the night at St Mary’s and everyone who chose online, with the cumulative votes putting Long just two per cent ahead of Graziano Pellè’s overhead kick gainst QPR.
His 35-yard strike dipped perfectly under the crossbar guarded by Shay Given last Saturday, and the effort outpolled fellow front-runners Pellè and Nathaniel Clyne to take home the award.
Long casted 30.7 per cent of the votes cast and was presented with his award by Ian Williams from Vision Accendo before addressing his teammates and supporters in the room.
“I was reading through the list and I didn’t think I’d be up there for the award,” he said. “There were some great goals and it’s been a great season so it’s nice to pick this one up.”
Long wouldn’t disclose if this was his best ever, but joked:
“There’ve not been many to pick from! It’s up there, I think. The strike was nice and I think the way the day went and the whole occasion, it was a good season and this is a nice way to top it off.”
Long has scored seven times in 39 appearances across all competitions for Saints this season, but his most recent one was his most significant as he succeeds Adam Lallana in taking home the Goal of the Season award.