Long eyeing European football

Shane Long insists Southampton will fight to the end to keep their hopes of a European place alive.

Southampton: Long eyeing European footballSouthampton: Long eyeing European football

The forward scored one and set up two in their 4-2 win at Aston Villa on Saturday as Ronald Koeman’s side kept their slim chances of qualifying for the Europa League intact.

Southampton almost made it through to the Europa League this term but failed to find a way past Danish side Midtjylland in the play-off round following a 2-1 aggregate defeat.

The Saints are eighth in the Premier League with three games left, five points behind fifth-placed Manchester United who have a game-in-hand, and Long refuses to give up.

“No games are easy in this league,” he said. “We have (Manchester) City, Tottenham then (Crystal) Palace so we’re going to go for it in these three games and hopefully the results go our way and the end to the season is in our own hands.”

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