Shane Long says silverware is Southampton's 'ultimate goal'
By Patrick Surlis
Last Updated: 18/12/16 12:40pm
Shane Long says Southampton's ultimate goal this season is to win silverware, with the club set to face Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January.
Saints, who play Bournemouth on Super Sunday in the Premier League, have not won a major trophy since beating Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final.
They finished sixth in the league last season - their highest top-flight finish since 1985 - and Long says winning a cup is their next milestone.
Speaking ahead of their Super Sunday clash, the Southampton striker said: "A bit of silverware would be nice and we want to push again for Europe by pushing up the table as far as we can.
"We are in the semi-final of the EFL Cup now and we have a big enough squad to deal with those competitions.
"It is a great opportunity for us to get some silverware. It's a long way away to think about it, we have a lot of games between then and now, but that would be the ultimate goal.
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"We have come on so far over the last six or seven years as a club and it's the only thing missing at the moment.
"Last year was a big achievement but to bring a cup back to the club would be a big achievement too."
Scoring goals has been the main problem this season for Southampton, who have the third-best defensive record in the Premier League.
They have scored just 14 times in 16 league games and face up to four months without top scorer Charlie Austin following his shoulder injury.
Long, who has not found the net for the Saints since May, admits he needs to step up, along with the rest of his team-mates.
"We all have to chip in," he added. "It's a bit tough, the longer it goes on, the more you think about getting that goal.
"Me and Jay [Rodriguez] are in the same position. We are playing well, we are getting a few chances and the luck isn't going our way.
"I'm confident in my ability and I know that goal will come and hopefully it will start a flow of four or five in a row and we'll kick on from there.
"We are still only two points off seventh position and we are not comfortable with how the season has gone, so it shows there's a lot of progress to be made."
Southampton have just one league win away from St Mary's all season, and ahead of their trip to the Vitality Stadium, Long's team-mate Steven Davis says they must improve on their travels.
"We feel a little bit of frustration that we haven't got the consistency we would like in the league," Davis told Sky Sports.
"Some games we feel we should have picked up more points and be sitting in a better position than we are.
"Obviously we have to look at the bigger picture sometimes and we are in a decent position in the league and have a semi-final to look forward to. Missing out in Europe was a massive blow but there's still a lot to play for in the second half of the season.
"We have been a little bit disappointing in our away form. We haven't picked up as many points as we would have liked.
"Our home form has been quite strong, which it has to be if you are going to have a good season, but I think the biggest thing for us is turning that away form around and turning some of those draws into wins."
Watch the full interview with Shane Long and Steven Davis before Bournemouth face Southampton on Super Sunday. Coverage starts at 12.30pm on Sky Sports 1 HD.