Southampton’s Shane Long writes history that will take time to rub

Southampton were favourites despite being the visiting team to Watford when the two teams met for their EPL match after scoring in the first early seconds of the match.

Southampton striker Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history in his side’s draw with Watford after Watford defender made a mistake as the last man in a just started match.

Long broke the deadlock against Watford after just 7.69 seconds, breaking the previous record held by Ledley King.

The former Tottenham captain had held the record since 2000 following his strike against Bradford.

Remarkably, Watford kicked off the match at Vicarage Road with the ball played back to Craig Cathcart.

Long closed the defender down and his block put him through on goal before lifting his shot over the onrushing Ben Foster.

The striker had struggled for goals for much of the campaign but scored two in his previous three appearances before the visit to Watford.

Long opened the scoring in the defeat to Liverpool earlier this month and followed that up with a strike in the win over Wolves.

Southampton could have all but secure Premier League survival with a win at Vicarage Road but Andre Gray scored a dramatic equaliser.

But the side could not hold too much on the pressure and was punished by Andre Gray in the last minutes of the game to go at par with the side that has now gone to seventh position one point ahead of Everton.

They have made a fantastic recovery under Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed at the start of December to replace Mark Hughes with the Saints dropping into the relegation zone.

Since then, they have picked up impressive results over Tottenham and Arsenal at St. Mary’s.

Southampton also holds the current record for the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history.

Sadio Mane scored three times in a staggering two minutes and 56 seconds in a crushing win over Aston Villa in May 2015.

Shane Long (7 seconds) – Southampton vs Watford – 2019, Ledley King (10 seconds) – Tottenham vs Bradford – 2000, Alan Shearer (10 seconds) – Newcastle vs Man City – 2003, Christian Eriksen (11 seconds) – Tottenham vs Man City – 2018, Mark Viduka (11 seconds) – Leeds vs Charlton – 2001

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