Southampton striker Shane Long on Tuesday evening scored the fastest goal in Premier League history against Watford.
Long’s goal came straight after the Hornets kicked off as he blocked a Craig Cathcart clearance before lifting the ball over Ben Foster. It took the striker only 7.69 seconds to open the scoring in a 1-1 draw at Watford, breaking the record that former Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King had held for nearly 19 years.
“The manager said to make a quick start and put them under pressure,” Long said. “It’s a nice record to have.”
King scored after 9.82 seconds against Bradford in December 2000 and Republic of Ireland international Long, 32, said he was surprised to have set a new mark.
“Ninety-nine times out of 100 you don’t block them clearances, but I did and took a touch across him,” he said.
“But I’m disappointed not to get three points, I think we did enough out there.”
The goal was just Long’s fourth of the season, with three of those coming in his past four appearances.
His record-breaking strike at Vicarage Road looked to set to move fourth-bottom Southampton eight points clear of the relegation zone with three matches left to play, but Watford snatched a late point through Andre Gray‘s close-range finish.