Long scores fastest goal in EPL history

Southampton's Shane Long (C) has scored the fastest goal in English Premier League history.
Southampton's Shane Long (C) has scored the fastest goal in English Premier League history.

Southamption's Shane Long has put his name in the record books with the fastest goal in Premier League history - Australian Mark Viduka's strike for Leeds in 2001 is the fifth fastest.

Long scored after just 7.69 seconds but Southampton conceded a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Watford.

The 32-year-old Long wrote his name in the record books on Tuesday when he charged down a Craig Cathcart clearance before running through on goal and lobbing the ball calmly over goalkeeper Ben Foster.

He snatched the record from former Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King, who scored after 9.82sec against Bradford in 2000.

Former Socceroos star Viduka needed just 11.9sec to score the opener for Leeds against Charlton during the 2000-01 campaign.

Long claimed he did not know he had set a new record.

"It's a record, is it?" he told Sky Sports News.

"Straight from the kick-off we wanted to put them under pressure. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred you block it and it doesn't work but this time it did.

"It's nice to have a record like that, but it would have been nicer if it was the winning goal."

The draw left the Saints still with work to do to guarantee their Premier League survival.

Southampton are on 37 points, six ahead of 18th-placed Cardiff City, who occupy the final relegation slot, with three games remaining.

It should be enough for Ralph Hasenhuttl's side, especially after 17th-placed Brighton lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, to fall three points behind Southampton.

But the reaction of the Saints players, who fell to the floor at the final whistle, reflected the bitter blow of conceding an Andre Gray goal in the 90th minute.

Australian Associated Press