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Long feels record overshadowed by draw

24th April 2019, 10:50 by Chris Rivers

Shane Long says breaking the record for the fastest Premier League goal was tainted by Southampton's failure to beat Watford.

The Republic of Ireland international gave Saints the perfect start when he scored the opener at Vicarage Road after just 7.69, closing down Hornets defender Craig Cathcart from kick-off before lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Ben Foster.

It looked like Long's effort would be enough to hand the St Mary's outfit a vital three points, but Andre Gray netted a 90th-minute equaliser, meaning Southampton are still not safe from relegation.

Long says he was unaware he had broken the Premier League record for the fastest goal - previously held by Ledley King for his strike for Tottenham in 2000 - and while acknowledging it was a good achievement to have on his CV, he says it has been tainted by the failure to hang on for the win.

"It's nice," Long told Saints' official website. "I didn't find out until after the game and I didn't know what the record was before.

"In every game you want to show your intent from the first kick and put them under pressure.

"Mainly it's just to force that long ball so they're not quite set. Luckily I blocked it, it dropped nicely and I took a touch across Craig.

"Records like that are nice to have I suppose, but it's just disappointing that it wasn't a goal to get three points because I thought we deserved it."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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