Shane Long strikes for Southampton but Graziano Pelle struggles

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Southampton striker Shane Long opened the scoring against Burnley yesterday with his first Premier League goal since November.

The Irishman tapped home from close range after Nathaniel Clyne's shot fell to him from six-yards out which put the Saints on their way to a 2-0 victory.

Strike partner Graziano Pelle though cut a more frustrated figure as he failed to get on the score sheet since the FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace in January.

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Right place at the right time

Long's goal came as the home side edged towards half time with the game still goalless and gave Ronald Koeman's men the perfect boost ahead of the break.

As Burnley half-cleared a corner, the ball found it's way to Nathaniel Clyne on the edge of the box. He dragged his shot across goal and it  kindly fell to the feet of Long who put the ball into the partially unguarded net.

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It was the case of being in the right place at the right time for the former Hull striker and it was a goal that his fellow forward is dreaming of.

Missed opportunities

The Italian spurned a number of opportunities that were flying into the net for him at the start of the season, and at this point he will take a goal whichever way it comes.

Pelle hit the bar on the stroke of half-time before he headed straight at Tom Heaton in the early stages of the second period.

After failing to meet Shane Long's superb cross late on it was not the 6ft 4in striker's day and his goal drought continued as he cut a frustrated figure seeing his partner notch into an open goal.

Fan favourite

Despite his recent barren spell the burly forward has become a fans favourite at St. Mary's with the Southampton faithful sticking behind their man.

With every chance that went begging, Pelle's name was chanted aloud to which he seemed very appreciative.

When that goal comes there will surely be a weight lifted from his shoulders and even if he gets a goal that is similar in nature to Long this weekend, the Italian will not turn his nose up to getting back on the score sheet.

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