Southampton’s Shane Long Scores Fastest Premier League Goal In Watford Draw

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.

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