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Shane Long’s wait ends as 10-man Southampton hang on at Leicester

The last thing that Claude Puel needed on the back of a humiliating FA Cup exit was a third home defeat in four matches. That Southampton played for 45 minutes with 10 men, following the dismissal of Yan Valery, added insult to injury on another chastening afternoon for the Leicester manager, who once again finds himself under the spotlight.

For Southampton, Puel’s former club, this felt like the most precious of victories as they climbed out of the bottom three. Leading 2-0 at the interval, courtesy of James Ward-Prowse’s penalty and Shane Long’s first goal in nine months, Southampton defended with tremendous determination, discipline and courage to prevent Leicester from finding an equaliser.

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