Saints ace Long, now holder of the quickest Premier League goal, joins another exclusive club featuring Niall Quinn, Robbie Keane and Damien Duff.

Southampton took another step towards Premier League safety earlier this week thanks to their 1-1 draw with Watford on Wednesday night but the big talking point was Shane Long’s record breaking goal.

The Republic of Ireland striker netted on 7.69 seconds, directly after the Hornets kicked off, as he blocked a Craig Cathcart clearance before bearing down on goal and lofting the ball over goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Long’s goal at Vicarage Road broke a 19-year record held by Tottenham Hotspur, defender Ledley King, who scored 9.82 seconds after kickoff against Bradford City back in December 2000.

There was even more good news for Long this week as he was handed his Premier League award for having reached 50 goals in the top flight, the goal coming earlier this month prior to his record-breaking strike against the Hornets.

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He hit the milestone mark when he netted in the 3-1 home loss to Liverpool earlier this month, becoming only the fourth player from the Republic of Ireland to do so, following in the footsteps of Niall Quinn, Robbie Keane and Damien Duff (Southampton website).

Here is how some of the Saints fans reacted on Twitter to Long’s latest accolade:

Southampton are two places and six points above the Premier League relegation zone with three games remaining, and up next for them is a south coast derby against Bournemouth at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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