Striker staying patient with Puel’s call

Charlie Austin admitted his frustration at being a substitute against Swansea but knows he must bide his time at Southampton.

Southampton: Striker staying patient with Puel's callSouthampton: Striker staying patient with Puel's call

Austin returned to the bench in the Premier League on Sunday, despite scoring twice in the Saints’ midweek Europa League win over Sparta Prague.

However, he came on to grab the winner against the Swans to give manager Claude Puel his first Premier League win.

“I was frustrated, of course, because I had scored two and wanted to keep that run going,” said Austin, who also hit the crossbar.

“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.”

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