Didn't take Long! Fastest goal in English Premier League history scored

Didn't take Long! Fastest goal in English Premier League history scored

Shane Long needed just seven short seconds to fire his Southampton side ahead of Watford in record time in today's Premier League action.

Long opened the scoring in Tuesday's game at Watford in record speed, giving his side the lead within the game's first 10 seconds.

King found the net against Bradford in 2000 after just 9.82 seconds and held the record for the best part of two decades.

Long intercepted Craig Cathcart's clearance and ran onto the loose ball before dinking a shot over goalkeeper Ben Foster after 7.69 seconds on Tuesday.

It was the Irishman's third goal in his last four games and his fourth of the season.

Long's goal for Southampton gave the Saint's the lead at Vicarage Road, and a win against the Hornets would have nearly certainly secured Southampton's Premier League status for next season.

King is in attendance as Tottenham host Brighton and pictures show the former defender smiling after someone appears to tell him about Long's goal.

Even so, it could be a valuable contribution to the Saints's fight to avoid relegation.

Long then blocks Cathcart's lofted pass, and fortuitously deflects the ball goal-bound.

As the centre-back attempted to clear up field, Long charged it down and raced through before lifting in his landmark goal.

They could have scored more with Nathan Redmond and Ryan Bertrand both hitting the woodwork.

Christian Kabasele felt he should have been awarded a penalty after a shove by Long in the area, but referee Mike Dean thought otherwise.

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