Charlie Austin felt he could have had a hat-trick but was satisfied with his decisive goal in Southampton’s 1-0 win over Swansea City.
Austin admitted he was disappointed not to start on Sunday following his two goals in the 3-0 success over AC Sparta Praha a few days ago, but felt the team carried on from where they left off before his second half arrival against the Swans.
Austin struck eleven minutes after entering the action and had further chances too, which included hitting the crossbar just before he scored.
Reflecting on his third strike in two matches, Austin said: “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 had three today.
“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 and it showed again today.
“I was frustrated of course (to be left out of the team) because I scored two and wanted to keep that run going but we’ve got a great squad here and they’re all fighting for places and the manager wants to play a rotation system and he’s the boss.”