Southampton striker Shane Long has tonight become the new owner of an amazing Premier League record.
Watford vs Southampton
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are currently locked in action with Watford at Vicarage Road.
The Saints came into proceedings hoping for an immediate bounce-back performance, after falling to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Newcastle last time out.
Cardiff’s subsequent loss to Liverpool on Sunday, though, meant that Southampton were aware ahead of kick-off at Vicarage Road that a 3-point haul would see them ensure their top-flight status for another season.
Long in the record books
And to say that things could not have gotten off to a much better start for the visitors would be something of an understatement.
In a piece of news that has since gone absolutely viral online, Southampton’s opener, courtesy of Shane Long, saw the Saints’ striker set the new record for the fastest goal ever scored since the beginning of the Premier League era.
After Watford got the game underway, the ball was immediately played back to Craig Cathcart.
The Hornets’ stopper’s attempted long-ball, though, was blocked down by the ever-lively Shane Long.
And Irish international Long went on to take full advantage of Cathcart’s mistake, drawing Ben Foster out of his goal before lifting a gorgeous dinked finish over the experienced shot-stopper.
And, as outlined above, the Southampton hitman’s strike has seen him etch his name firmly into the Premier League record books, with Long having found the net with just 7 seconds on the clock:
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 23, 2019