Saints seek solutions after Everton mauling, says Long
Forward Shane Long says Southampton need to go back to the drawing board after the side suffered a comprehensive 3-0 home defeat to a rampant Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.
London: Forward Shane Long says Southampton need to go back to the drawing board after the side suffered a comprehensive 3-0 home defeat to a rampant Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Everton`s first victory at St Mary`s in more than a decade leaves the Saints on just a single point from their opening two matches following the 2-2 draw at Newcastle United the previous weekend.
"Everton is a side that we feel like we should be beating to keep up how we did last year, but fair play to them, they had a good game plan," said Long, referring to Southampton`s encouraging seventh place finish last season.
"We`ll go back to the drawing board during the week and try and figure out what went wrong and where we can improve," the 28-year-old Irish international added.
"It`s hard to look at the positives after when you lose 3-0 at home but... we`ve got four games in two weeks coming up so we have the chance to make some difference," he said.
Southampton fell behind to two first-half strikes from an impressive Romelu Lukaku before midfielder Ross Barkley added a third after the break.
"It just wasn`t really happy for any of us. We didn`t really get going and to be fair to Everton, they played well and once they got 2-0 ahead, we were always chasing the game," Long added.
Next up for the Saints is a trip to Premier League newcomers Watford on Sunday.