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Memory Lane with Shane Long

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We’ve been catching up with some Premier League stars to take a trip down memory lane to discuss the top moments of their careers, the best players they’ve played alongside and much more.

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First up, here’s what Southampton and Republic of Ireland forward Shane Long had to say as the 33-year-old looked back on his career for club and country.

Safe to say his Best XI is sneaky good…


Looking back on your career so far, what is the one memory that sticks out as the best and why?

Shane Long: That’s a really tricky one but I’d have to go with promotion to the Premier League in 2006 with Reading. It was my first year of football in England and we finished the season with a record 106 points.

What is the most memorable goal you have scored? Talk us through what you remember from it.

SL: It has to be the goal against Germany at the Aviva Stadium. I just remember there being a long clearance from the ‘keeper and I managed to get in behind the defence. I took a touch and then smashed it past Manuel Neuer in goal. That goal and that result was a massive part in us reaching the Euros which made it even more special. To do it at home in front of our fans too was an amazing feeling. I can just remember wheeling away in celebration.

Best stadium or atmosphere you’ve played in, and why?

SL: It would have to be either the Aviva Stadium that night or the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille when we beat Italy to get through to the knockout stages of Euro 2016. The Irish fans are incredible when it comes to creating an atmosphere and that match was no exception.

Which game did you enjoy playing in the most, and why?

SL: The most enjoyable has to be the 6-1 win for Southampton against Aston Villa in 2015. I think I scored two goals and made two assists in that match. It was also the game that Sadio Mane scored the fastest-ever Premier League hat trick. It was one of those days when everything we tried as a team worked and it was just a really enjoyable performance to be a part of.

Finally, pick a Best XI from players you have played with during your career… (4-3-3)

—– Given —–

— Coleman — Van Dijk — Alderweireld — Harte —

—- Schneiderlin —- Sigurdsson —- Davis —-

—- Mane —- Lukaku —- Tadic —-

FA Cup: Spurs blow lead, erase deficit to top Saints

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For the second time in 11 days’ time, Tottenham Hotspur coughed up a lead to Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup, only this time Jose Mourinho’s side was fortunate enough to escape with victory on the back of their own comeback capped off by an 87th-minute penalty kick.

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From 1-0 up inside the opening quarter-hour, to a 2-1 down with under minutes to go, to 3-2 in a span of nine minutes, Tottenham are through to the fifth round where they’ll host Norwich City.

Spurs went ahead in the 12th minute and appeared to be off to the races. Ryan Sessegnon raced into the penalty area one-on-one with Jack Stephens before losing out and having the ball tackled away, but it fell directly to Tanguy Ndombele just outside the box. Ndombele hit it hard and low, first-time, and straight at Stephens as he returned to his feet. The ball ricocheted off the Saints defender and left goalkeeper Angus Gunn anchored in place.

The lead didn’t even last until halftime, though, as Shane Long put home a rebound after Hugo Lloris made a diving save in the 34th minute. It was Nathan Redmond‘s initial shot which came in from the edge of the area, only to be saved by the outstretch Lloris. He couldn’t hold the ball and no one in a white shirt arrived to clear the ball away before Long reached the top of the six-yard box and slotted it near post.

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Saints took their lead on a devastating counter-attack in the 72nd minute. It began with a Spurs corner kick at one end of the field and Danny Ings tucking the ball in the far corner at the other end.

That lead lasted almost no time at all, though, as Lucas Moura had Spurs level within five minutes. Lucas and Dele Alli played a quick one-two outside the penalty area and the Brazilian tucked his left-footed finish home just as well as Ings had done minutes earlier.

Son Heung-min won, and converted, the penalty kick that proved the difference on the day, but it was once again Alli who pulled the strings and set up one of the game’s crucial moments. His through ball came cut Saints’ defense in half and left Gunn with no choice but to rush off his line, though it must be said the contact he made with Son was minimal, if any at all.

Spurs’ fifth-round clash with Norwich will take place back at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium midweek on the week starting March 2.

Saints safe after 3-3 draw with Bournemouth (video)

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  • Wilson scores twice, including late equalizer
  • Long scores again for Saints
  • Fraser joins Hazard atop PL in assists (13)

Callum Wilson scored his second goal of the game in the 86th minute to give Bournemouth a 3-3 draw with regional rivals Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Shane Long and James Ward-Prowse scored for Saints before Matt Targett‘s first Premier League goal put Southampton out front with 23 minutes to play.

Dan Gosling scored Bournemouth’s other goal, with American midfielder Emerson Hyndman coming off the bench to make his first Premier League appearance in almost a year.

Ryan Fraser assisted Wilson’s equalizer, giving him 13 assists and a share of the Premier League lead with Eden Hazard.

Bournemouth moves 13th with 42 points, while Saints are 16th with 38.

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Saints led after just 12 minutes through Long, who has scored in three-straight matches at St. Mary’s and put a rebound off the post within minutes of his goal.

Another rare scorer, Gosling leveled the score in the 20th before Wilson’s first gave Bournemouth its only lead in the 32nd minute.

It lasted until just after halftime, when Ward-Prowse continued his knack for scoring fine goals by drilling a low shot through a defenders legs and past a diving Boruc.

Then, call him Mr. 1000 (see below); Targett nabbed his first top flight goal when he nodded a Yan Valery cross past Artur Boruc.

But Wilson was ready to pounce when Fraser sent him forward for his second goal, and he would’ve made it three but had Gunn not made an outstanding save to deny the striker a hat trick and Bournemouth a win.

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Early, late goals leave Saints, Watford level (video)

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  • Long scores after 7.69 seconds (video)
  • Watford equalizes 89 minutes later
  • Hornets hit seventh place, again

Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history, while Andre Gray collected his glory late as Southampton and Watford drew 1-1 at Vicarage Road on Tuesday.

Long’s goal before the match was eight seconds old gave Saints a lead which would last 89-plus minutes.

The point moves Watford one ahead of Everton for seventh place, while Southampton is 16th with 37 points. Saints are not mathematically eliminated, but it’s close due to a 6-point advantage and 18-goal lead in differential.

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Long’s record goal came just 7.69 seconds into the game as the Irish forward blocked a pass and raced toward the 18 before beating a charging Ben Foster.

Nathan Redmond had a chance to make it 2-0 when he was defied by the Watford defense, then again when Long nearly cued up Redmond but the off-balance winger hit his shot wide of the post.

In-form Gerard Deulofeu, to no one’s surprise, came closest to tying the score before half with a curling ball off the outside of the post.

Gray found the equalizer in the 90th minute, nearly as close to the end of the match as Long’s goal was to the start.

A mistrap or missed volley from a teammate fell to Gray, who roofed it over Angus Gunn.

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Shane Long records fastest goal in Premier League history (video)

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A record was broken just seven seconds into the match between Watford and Southampton at Vicarage Road on Tuesday.

That’s how long it took Shane Long to score the fastest goal in Premier League history as he gave Southampton the earliest of leads on the road.

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The goal breaks the record held by Tottenham defender Ledley King, a mark that had stood for nearly 19 years after he scored a hair under 10 seconds into a match against Bradford City in December of 2000. His record withstood a near-miss when Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen scored 10 seconds into a match against Manchester United last season, but the initial strike was deemed to stand after breaking the video down and timing the goals to the hundredth of a second.

This one, however, left no doubt, as Opta confirmed the record right away, officially at 7.69 seconds. Long jumped high in the air to block a long ball from Watford defender Craig Cathcart, and the bounce fell right at his feet. The Saints striker burst forward and finished easily past Ben Foster who was suddenly left on an island.

The goal for Long is his third in the club’s last four Premier League games, helping Southampton to inch further from the relegation zone. A win over Watford would do just that, all but sealing the club’s Premier League safety next season.