Southampton were the better side for much of their Premier League clash at Watford with Shane Long breaking a top flight record.

Watford striker Andre Gray has admitted that his side were a little fortunate to rescue a point against an impressive Southampton side on Tuesday night, speaking to the club’s official website.

To say The Saints enjoyed a fine start to a tough fixture at Vicarage Road was an understatement, Shane Long scoring the fastest goal in Premier League history to open the scoring after just seven seconds.

Ironically enough, however, Watford left it to the very end to grab their only goal of the game, Gray firing home from close range to beat Angus Gunn at the near post.

The relegation threatened visitors will have been left kicking themselves after failing to build on the earliest of leads, Ryan Bertrand and Nathan Redmond hitting the woodwork before the opening 45 was out.

And Gray has admitted that Watford were second best for much of the game.

“We didn’t have many clear-cut chances but, on a night where we were not at our best, we got a point,” said the former Burnley and Brentford striker.

“They outplayed us first half and had a lot of the ball. They were good on counterattack. It was tough for boys at the back when we were pushing for a goal.”

The result means Southampton are almost safe from the drop, moving six points clear of 18th placed Cardiff City with just three games remaining.

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