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Shane is in for the Long haul at Southampton


Shane Long

Shane Long

Shane Long

SHANE Long believes he can build on his cameo appearance against Liverpool last week and force his way into the starting XI at Southampton.

The £12million signing made his Saints debut in a 2-1 defeat at Anfield, Long coming off the bench and while his side ended up on the losing side he was heartened by what he saw from his new team-mates.

"They had been planning for this all pre-season - you could see from how well they were organised - so it would've been hard for me to come in after two days and slot straight into the team. Hopefully, with a week's training under my belt, I can force my way into the manager's thoughts for the weekend," says Long, preparing for a clash with one of his former clubs.

"We'll work hard this week to build towards West Brom at home and hopefully we'll get the three points then."

Long added: "It felt good to get on the pitch, and I thought the lads were brilliant in the second half. We caused Liverpool all sorts of problems, and if anyone looks like they were going to win it, it was us.

"I think we got clapped off the pitch at the end - that's how good a performance we put in. It's frustrating not to get anything out of the game, but there are a lot of positives to take."

Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez believes that Aiden McGeady is showing his true potential with Everton, having scored in their weekend draw with Leicester City.

"I think Aiden's a threat," he said.

"He's still not shown his best and he's still getting used to the way we play and what's expected of him but I think he'll be a real asset over the coming years for Everton.

"His feet are definitely some of the quickest the boys have ever seen. He is someone who, when he is at his very best, is very difficult to stop. It was really pleasing to see how well Aiden adapted to the game."

In other news, Leicester have loaned Irish keeper Conrad Logan out to League One side Rochdale.