Poor Shane Long. The Southampton striker hasn't scored for club nor country since last February but alas, thanks to a neat finish against Crystal Palace, the Tippearary man has finally ended his 35 game drought.
1320 - Shane Long's goal ended a run of 1320 minutes without scoring in the Premier League, since doing so against Sunderland in February 2017. Relief.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2018
The Ireland striker latched onto a pullback from Jeremy Pied and stroked a powerful shot beyond the helpless Hennessey.
The footballing world could scarcely believe the Ireland man had found the back of the net and some were predicting the end of the world in the wake of the news:
— matty (@mattykirk_) January 2, 2018
Shane long has scored. Ladies and gents grab two of every animal and head to the border. #SOUCRY
— Legends Football (@LegendsApp) January 2, 2018
— James Walker (@James2002Walker) January 2, 2018
Long has already jumped ahead in the most goals in a calendar year stakes...
Shane Long is on course to beat Harry Kane’s record of 37 goals in a calendar year in 2018... #SOUCRY
— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) January 2, 2018
Shane long has scored
— David O'Dwyer (@didge85) January 2, 2018
— The Franklin ? (@TheFranklin_) January 2, 2018
Shane Long has scored a goal.
The end is nigh... #SOUCRY
— Adam Hennessey (@9_Hendo) January 2, 2018
Pollemma with some needless hyperbole:
Shane Long scores his first goal since World War 2! #SOUCRY
— Pollemma (@votepollemma) January 2, 2018
Chris from Twitter with a safe bet:
— Chris (@tenzochris) January 2, 2018
Ciarán Duffy somehow manages to ruin the party:
— Ciarán Duffy (@TheVoiceDepth) January 2, 2018
— The ProTipster Football Show (@ProTipsterPod) January 2, 2018
Hopefully Long can build on this goal and really stake his claim in this Southampton team, because no one deserves some good fortune more than he does.