All in all, a fairly decent day at the office for Saints fans, who enjoyed Shane Long scoring the fastest goal in Premier League history.
Ralph Hasenhuttl could not have asked for a better start from his men, who found themselves one goal to the good within 7.69 seconds of kick-off after Shane Long charged down Craig Cathcart’s botched clearance and comfortably chipped the ball over the advancing Ben Foster to smash the record as faster ever Premier League goal.
Stunned and bewildered by the fate that had just befallen them, Watford nearly responded almost immediately when Will Hughes found himself in bags of space on the right. Unfortunately, however, Andre Gray was unable to convert the resulting opportunity, denied by Gunn before flunking his rebounded effort over the bar while the keeper was still grounded.
In form Gerard Deulofeu, who has collected eight goals in his previous nine games, came close to adding another to his impressive tally but could not find the necessary curl on his placed effort to pick out the far post.
The Saints marched on and were close to doubling their lead when James Ward-Prowse lofted in a nightmare cross for Watford to deal with, the home side fortunate to see Long unable to stretch quite far enough to nod home. Nathan Redmond came close soon after, dancing between two defenders and unleashing a vicious shot which demanded a save of ex-England stopped Foster.
Redmond came agonisingly close again to adding to the score line, but Foster pulled off a remarkable bit of work to send his shot outside of the left upright.
The Saints remained relatively untouched until the closing moments of the game, Andrey Gray the man to break travelling hearts with a shot that cascaded off the bar and into the back of the net.
Understandably Shane Long took home the Man of the Match award, but credit must also be given to Nathan Redmond.
The winger made it a truly nightmarish night for the Watford defenders and was on hand a number of times to create golden opportunities for his side. Driving runs with serious intent cut open the home side and on two occasions he forced world-class saves from Ben Foster to deny him of his spoils.
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