Long sends Saints into round four

By SFC Media Wed 18 Jan Saints vs Norwich
Photo by Matt Watson | Shane Long celebrates
Wed 18 Jan 7.45PM
English FA Cup
Southampton
1
Norwich City
0
Long [90+2']
Referee: Jonathan Moss | Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 13,517

Shane Long's injury-time winner sent Southampton into the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Just as it seemed it would be heading to extra time, on a bitterly cold night at St Mary's, Long converted at the second attempt to seal a 1-0 win against Norwich City.

The visitors, who set up in a 5-4-1 formation, were happy to soak up pressure, as Saints found it difficult to find a way through before Long bundled the ball home to seal victory.

Claude Puel made eight changes from the side that lost 1-0 at Burnley a few days previously, with Maya Yoshida, James Ward-Prowse and Shane Long the only ones to retain their starting spots.

Harry Lewis was again handed a start in goal, as he was at Carrow Road, with Saints naming six former Academy players in their line-up, while Yoshida took the captain's armband for the first time in his Saints career.

Maya Yoshida captained Saints against Norwich

Before the game, a round of applause was held in memory of the late Graham Taylor, with the crowd rising to honour the former England manager. 

With the contest under way, neither side were able to carve out any sort of opportunity in the opening 20 minutes or so.

Saints did begin to apply some pressure soon after, though, as Josh Sims burst into space on the right side of the area, before seeing his low shot saved at the near post by Norwich keeper Michael McGovern.

Jordy Clasie’s superb, angled delivery from deep in the 27th minute had the potential to lead to a breakthrough, but no one could quite get on the end of it.

Jay Rodriguez then went close shortly afterwards, as Sam McQueen’s exquisite pass sent him away down the inside-left, but McGovern was equal to his low shot across goal.

Norwich did threaten in the 42nd minute, as Alex Pritchard teed up Robbie Brady from a free-kick, but he fired over.

Jay Rodriguez is brought down

Immediately after that, Rodriguez looked to have snuck in behind the Canaries defence, only to be brought down, but referee Jonathan Moss waved play on, much to Saints’ annoyance.

It proved to be the last action of the half, as the sides went into the break level.

Saints were the livelier after the interval, with Sims bursting through on an angle in the 55th minute and then squaring past McGovern, with his pass hitting Norwich defender Ivo Pinto and spinning agonisingly wide of the post,

Long then went within inches of opening the scoring in the 66th minute, as he cut onto his right foot just outside the area and sent a low, angled shot fizzing wide of the far post, with McGovern at full stretch.

Puel made his first changes of the night with 20 minutes left, as former Norwich player Nathan Redmond and Oriol Romeu were sent on in place of Rodriguez and Harry Reed.

Some of the crowd thought Saints had finally made the breakthrough moments later, as Ward-Prowse bent a brilliant free-kick from 25 yards towards the top corner, but it just went the wrong side of the post and hit the side netting.

The hosts were looking the more likely to break the deadlock, with Sims off target as he attempted to chip an out-of-position McGovern from a tricky angle, while Cuco Martina fired over from 25 yards.

Redmond then drew a good save from McGovern, after Martina's cross had found him at the back post.

It looked as though the game would head into extra time, but Long had other ideas, as he bundled the ball home at the second attempt from McQueen's cross.

Arsenal await in round four, as Saints will bid to knock the Gunners out of a second domestic cup competition.

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Norwich City
  • Possession (%)
    63
    37
  • Shots
    19
    3
  • Shots on target
    10
    0
  • Corners
    4
    0
  • Passes Complete
    0
    0

Southampton

41
Harry Lewis (GK)
15
Cuco Martina
3
Maya Yoshida (C)
24
Jack Stephens
38
Sam McQueen
4
Jordy Clasie
16
James Ward-Prowse
18
Harrison Reed
Oriol Romeu (71′)
7
Shane Long
9
Jay Rodriguez
Nathan Redmond (70′)
39
Josh Sims
2
Cédric Soares
11
Dusan Tadic
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
5
Florin Gardos
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
28
Stuart Taylor

Norwich City

33
Michael McGovern (GK)
24
Ryan Bennett
25
Ivo Pinto
6
Sebastien Bassong
15
Timm Klose
5
Russell Martin (C)
12
Robbie Brady
35
Ben Godfrey
Ray Grant (86′)
31
Josh Murphy
Jacob Murphy (73′)
21
Alex Pritchard
19
Kyle Lafferty
Sergi Canos (80′)
22
Jacob Murphy
43
Glenn Middleton
38
Louis Ramsay
37
Ray Grant
7
Steven Naismith
17
Sergi Canos
13
Paul Jones
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