Pellegrino on Austin injury and Terriers draw

By SFC Media Sat 23 Dec Saints v Huddersfield
Photo by Matt Watson | Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino was left disappointed after Southampton's 1-1 draw with Huddersfield, both with the result and also the potential absence of top scorer Charlie Austin for the next few weeks.

Saints were held by the Terriers, after Laurent Depoitre's header in the second half cancelled out Austin's 24th-minute opener.

On top of that frustration, the home side also lost Austin to a hamstring injury late on, with Pellegrino revealing that the striker, who has five goals in his last five starts, is likely "to be out for two or three weeks minimum."

Speaking about the game, the Saints boss added: "We were really close to scoring the second goal, but then we conceded and we have to try to improve this type of goal.

"Obviously we are disappointed, because I think we had to win this game and now we are in the middle of the season, but still we have got a lot of possibility to bounce back from this situation and to change our results and convert this start into more points and more goals.

"Football is efficiency. You need to score goals, and in this type of game you have to try to score the second earlier and we have had a couple of chances, but I would repeat that our accuracy wasn't the best.

"It's a pity because I think we did in some moments react well. In some other moments it was a little bit flat, because there were a lot of challenges and the ball was in the air a lot. It was a difficult game."

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