Southampton fans should rise from their seat to celebrate Shane Long’s goal before they had a chance to enjoy their seat for more than seven seconds. The striker of Republic of Ireland National Team scored a goal 7.69 seconds after the whistle blown. It makes him the fastest scorer in Premier League.
Long was able to block Craig Cathcart clearance and deliver a finishing blow that couldn’t be saved by Ben Foster resulting a very fast goal. “Ninety-nine times out of 100 you don’t block them clearances, but I did and took a touch across him,” the man said in an interview. “The manager said to make a quick start and put them under pressure,” and he was able to apply the instruction in such a fascinating way.
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This record broke the previous record held by Ledley King when he scored against Watford in 2000, a 19-years-old unbreakable record.
Unfortunately, this goal could not make Southampton win the game. Andre Gray was able to deliver an equalizer goal in the last minute of normal time denying Southampton chance to get three points.