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Southampton striker Shane Long scored the quickest goal in Premier League history when he netted after 7.69 seconds in the draw at Watford.

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Long’s goal came after the Hornets kicked off as he blocked a Craig Cathcart clearance before lifting the ball over Ben Foster.

“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 32-year-old Long 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.

“Ben is an amazing keeper, he spreads himself so well so I knew before the game that the dink was a good finish against him – and it came off.

“Every game we try to force them into a long pass early and show intent from the first ball, I blocked it and it fell nicely.

“But I’m disappointed not to get three points, I think we did enough out there.”

However Longโ€™s goal broke a 19-year record held by Tottenham defender Ledley King.

The goal was just Long’s fourth of the season, with three of those coming in his past four appearances.

By Olukayode Oniwinde

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