Austin scores again but Saints held to draw

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 23 Dec 3PM | Attendance: 29,675
Match Report Highlights

Saints vs HUD Match Centre

Saints vs HUD As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • It ends 1-1 between Southampton and Huddersfield
  • Charlie Austin gave Saints a first-half lead
  • Laurent Depoitre equalised for the visitors
  • Matt Targett made first appearance of the season

Images from today's game 📸

Look back at some of the best images from this afternoon's match.

FULL TIME: Southampton 1-1 Huddersfield

Saints' half-time advantage didn't hold, as Laurent Depoitre's header cancelled out Charlie Austin's effort, meaning it's a share of the points at St Mary's.

90’

Yoshida off the post!

As we head into four minutes of added time Saints nearly grab the lead back. Matt Targett's in-swinging free-kick picks out Maya Yoshida, whose brilliant downward header from about 16 yards out slams against the base of the post. So close!

83’

Ward-Prowse goes close

James Ward-Prowse gets on the ball in a bit of space 25 yards out, but his powerful drive is well held by Jonas Lössl.

80’

Huddersfield Town substitution: Steve Mounie replaces Laurent Depoitre

It's a final change of the day for the visitors.

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78’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Charlie Austin

Austin has picked up an injury and needs to be helped off the pitch, with Gabbiadini on in his place.

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76’

Austin test Lössl from distance

Charlie Austin fires in a fierce effort, but it's turned away by Jonas Lössl.

72’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Dušan Tadić

Saints complete a double change.

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71’

Southampton substitution: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaces Steven Davis

It's a first change of the day for Saints.

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70’

So close to a complete turnaround

A brilliant low ball in from Collin Quaner is nearly met by a sliding Tom Ince, but he can't quite reach the ball fortunately for Saints.

Depoitre brings Huddersfield level

Substitute Tommy Smith delivers an excellent cross from the right, and Laurent Depoitre reacts best to it, getting in between the centre-backs and nodding home from a few yards out.

63’

GOAL

Laurent Depoitre (63’) | 1 1

63’

Targett with a superb block!

Huddersfield look set to equalise as they work the ball to Aaron Mooy on the edge of the area, but Matt Targett brilliantly throws himself in the way of the shot.

61’

Huddersfield Town substitution: Tommy Smith replaces Florent Hadergjonaj

The visitors complete a double change.

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61’

Huddersfield Town substitution: Joe Lolley replaces Rajiv van La Parra

A first change for the visitors.

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60’

Austin misses a glorious chance!

Saints counter brilliantly through Nathan Redmond, who runs forward and beats Collin Quaner, before squaring to Charlie Austin, but he takes a touch and fires wide from 12 yards with just the keeper to beat.

55’

Mooy off target with free-kick

After Hoedt is cautioned for a foul on Ince, Aaron Mooy tries his luck from 25 yards, but he bends his free-kick over the bar.

54’

Yellow Card for Wesley Hoedt (Southampton)

The Saints defender goes into the book for bringing down Tom Ince.

Back under way!

Let's finish this off, Saints! 👊

View our images from the first half

Check out some of the best pictures from the opening 45 minutes at St Mary's1

HALF TIME: Southampton 1-0 Huddersfield

Huddersfield started the better of the two sides, but the visitors failed to take their chances, with Charlie Austin's 24th-minute header separating the teams at the interval.

41’

Austin nearly catches Lössl off his line

Charlie Austin tries to chip the Huddersfield keeper from distance, after he nearly got caught in nomansland, but Lössl got back in time to keep his effort out. It comes a few minutes after the Town keeper was caught on the nose by the boot of Austin as he slid out at the Saints striker's feet.

Five goals in five starts for Charlie

Austin's red-hot scoring form has continued here at St Mary's!

37’

Saints press for a second

Nathan Redmond nearly gets in behind to shoot, but Huddersfield get back to block well. The ball eventually spins to Steven Davis, but his shot is deflected wide.

28’

Huddersfield again wasteful

Saints might have the lead, but Huddersfield are carving out more of the chances in this game. It's another opportunity for Christopher Schindler, but he heads tamely wide from a decent position.

GOALSCORER 10 Charlie Austin

GUESS WHO?!

It's that man again! James Ward-Prowse's corner is met by the head of Wesley Hoedt, whose header goalwards is flicked in at close range by Austin!

23’

GOOOAL!!!

Charlie Austin (23’) | 1 0

16’

Forster denies the Terriers

It's an excellent save from Fraser Forster, who gets a strong hand to Huddersfield captain Christopher Schindler's header, which was otherwise heading for the top corner.

Targett back in action 📸

It's a first start and indeed a first appearance of the season for Matt Targett, who has been on the ball early on.

7’

Saints again survive!

Huddersfield again carve out a brilliant chance, as Tom Ince produces some good work down the right and cuts it back for Aaron Mooy in space inside the area. He takes a touch and sends a right-footed shot goal wards, but Steven Davis gets in the way with a vital block.

5’

Huddersfield spurn a good chance

It's the visitors who carve out the first opening, as Collin Quaner's low ball from the right-hand side picks out Rajiv van La Parra in space 16 yards out, but his low, right-footed shot is all wrong and Saints scramble clear. A really good opening wasted by the Terriers there.

0’

We're under way at St Mary's!

Let's do this Saints! 👊

Saints are ready! 😇

The players have exchanged handshakes and we're ready for kick-off at St Mary's! 

14.58

Getting set! 👊

Check out some of our photos from the Southampton players' warm-up here at St Mary's.

14.45

Goalkeepers out to warm up! 

As always, Fraser Forster and his colleagues in the goalkeeping unit are first out to warm-up at St Mary's.

14.28

those two are important players for us but we have plenty of other players ready to take those spots and we have to show altogether that we are willing to die to take the three points today.

wesley hoedt
on the absence of cédric and ryan bertrand
14.27

I decided the best for today, and I think we have got many games in a row this week and this is the decision. he is training well, but i have to think about today and the next few games.

mauricio pellegrino
on virgil van dijk not playing
14.19

Targett returns to the side!

It's a first appearance of the season for Matt Targett, who comes into the side as one of five changes made by manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

14.10

Huddersfield's team...

Starting XI: Lössl, Malone, Mood, van La Parra, Williams, Depoitre, Ince, Quaner, Zanka, Schindler (c), Hadergjonaj.

Subs: Coleman, Smith, Whitehead, Cranie, Löwe, Volley, Mounie.

14.02

Southampton line-up confirmed

Starting XI: Forster, Stephens, Yoshida, Hoedt, Targett, Davis (c), Lemina, Ward-Prowse, Tadić, Redmond, Austin.

Subs: McCarthy, McQueen, Romeu, Højbjerg, Boufal, Long, Gabbiadini.

14.00

Team news on its way!

Not long to wait for team news! We'll have both line-ups here for you at 2pm GMT.

13.43

Austin reflects on Saints' situation

We sat down with Charlie Austin this week, to get his thoughts ahead of Huddersfield. Listen to what the Saints striker had to say in the above video.

13.23

Saints get set for Terriers

View some of the best images from training this week, as the Southampton squad built up to its last fixture before Christmas.

13.07

Not at St Mary's? You can still get a programme!

Charlie Austin is our cover star on the front of today's festive edition of SAINTS, with a fascinating, in-depth feature interview with the striker included as part of a host of content inside. You can order one even if you're not at the match by visiting saintsmagazines.co.uk

12.42

Watch the players head in

Our cameras were on hand to follow the Southampton players as they made their way into St Mary's Stadium.

12.37

i think the 0-0 was a fair result at the beginning of the season. but this is a new game, where for sure we will have to be at our best.

david wagner
huddersfield manager
12.27

The squad arrives for today's game

The Southampton players have made their way into St Mary's for this afternoon's match! 👊

12.09

we have to play with ambition, to show our style. everyone is conscious about what we have to do.

Mauricio pellegrino
southampton manager
11.56

Pellegrino previews today's game

We visited Mauricio Pellegrino's office yesterday to speak with the Southampton boss ahead of this afternoon's clash with Huddersfield. Get his view on what he wants to see from his team in the above video.

11.50

Cédric and Ryan Bertrand out

Southampton are without full-backs Cédric and Ryan Bertrand for this afternoon's match, after the pair picked up ankle and hamstring injuries respectively in last weekend's 1-0 loss at Chelsea.

11.00

Matchday at St Mary's!

It's the final matchday before Christmas, as Southampton welcome Huddersfield Town in a Premier League clash. Saints are aiming to end a run of five games without a win, and they would edge above the Terriers on goal difference with a victory. We'll be with you all day for build-up, team news, match updates and live commentary.

10.57

Saints vs HUD Line Ups

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
6
Wesley Hoedt
33
Matt Targett
3
Maya Yoshida
5
Jack Stephens
16
James Ward-Prowse
18
Mario Lemina
8
Steven Davis (C)
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (72′)
11
Dusan Tadic
Sofiane Boufal (72′)
22
Nathan Redmond
10
Charlie Austin
Manolo Gabbiadini (79′)
19
Sofiane Boufal
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
38
Sam McQueen
7
Shane Long
13
Alex McCarthy
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
14
Oriol Romeu

Huddersfield Town

1
Jonas Lössl (GK)
3
Scott Malone
25
Zanka
26
Christopher Schindler (C)
33
Florent Hadergjonaj
Tommy Smith (61′)
17
Rajiv van La Parra
Joe Lolley (61′)
10
Aaron Mooy
23
Collin Quaner
22
Tom Ince
19
Danny Williams
20
Laurent Depoitre
Steve Mounie (82′)
18
Joe Lolley
4
Dean Whitehead
13
Joel Coleman
24
Steve Mounie
2
Tommy Smith
15
Chris Löwe
14
Martin Cranie

Saints vs HUD Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Huddersfield Town
  • Possession (%)
    53
    47
  • Shots
    12
    10
  • Shots on target
    6
    2
  • Corners
    9
    1
  • Passes Complete
    269
    223

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin
Shots On Target
3
Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin
Chances Created
4
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
34
Mario Lemina
Mario Lemina
Tackles
5
Mario Lemina
Mario Lemina
Clearances
9
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Saves
1
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster