Austin ‘frustrated’ at dropping to bench but accepts fight for place

Date published: Monday 19th September 2016 1:46

Charlie Austin: Unhappy at dropping to bench

Southampton striker Charlie Austin admitted his frustration at dropping to the bench against Swansea but accepts he has to bide his time.

Austin scored twice in the midweek Europa League win over Sparta Prague but still found himself back among the subs on Sunday.

However, he came on to grab the winner against the Swans – and also hit the crossbar – to give manager Claude Puel his first Premier League victory.

“I was frustrated, of course, because I had scored two and wanted to keep that run going,” he said.

“But we’ve got a great squad here and they’re all fighting for places. The manager wants to play a rotation system and he’s the boss.

“Strikers are credited on goals. Stats don’t lie and, for me, I like to be in the box to score goals. But to be honest I should have scored three.

“The win on Thursday gave us a platform and we knew we needed to get a win in the league and we showed a good team spirit.

“Like the manager said, we’re going to use the squad.”

Swansea were lucky to escape with only a 1-0 defeat as Saints missed a host of opportunities, could have been awarded a penalty and had what appeared to be a perfectly good Shane Long goal disallowed.

Midfielder Jack Cork – a former Southampton player – admitted his side have to improve.

“It was disappointing for us,” he told Swansea’s website. “In the first half I felt we did okay, and in the second half we were confident we could get something.

“We had some good spells and created chances, but we’ve got to work defensively as a team to limit their chances.

“But they had enough chances to win the game and deservedly did that.”

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