Southampton took a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend as goals from Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg secured us the victory at Selhurst Park, but it appears some fans have now run out of patience with Charlie Austin.
With Southampton’s issues in front of goal in recent times, there’s already plenty of frustration amongst the fan base and a number of fans feel we’d be better off persevering with Manolo Gabbiadini and getting his confidence properly up and running given we know how he can finish.
Austin didn’t help himself in this one as he had a gilt-edged opportunity to score from 12 yards as we were awarded a penalty but his tame effort was easily saved by goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and that stuck with fans as they took to social media to discuss the match following the fulltime whistle.
I’d forgotten what it felt like seeing #SaintsFC win away from home!
Hojbjerg and Lemina were immense, Ings impressed again. Thought Long did an excellent job. Still have that catastrophic ability to be nervy in defence though. And I’m completely fed up with Charlie Austin.
— Russell Masters (@rmstrs) September 2, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed today’s #saintsfc away day. Thought we were better for most of the game. McCarthy, Hojbjerg, Lemina and Redmond all outstanding again. Austin though ????????♂️
— Dan Sharpe (@dansharpe90) September 1, 2018
If this match doesn't solidify to our board that we need to invest in attackers I don't know what will. Charlie Austin nearly dropped us two points today and has done nothin really for the last 18-months. FFS spend the money! ???? #saintsfc
— Nate Dagogo (@ODagogo) September 1, 2018
To be fair he usually does. Grrrrr what a time to miss ….
— Andrew Leakey (@AndrewLeakey57) September 1, 2018
I have never trusted Austin,said the other week he should not be anywhere near the starting 11,scores a few headers and that’s all. #saintsfc
— matt deane (@mattdeane3) September 1, 2018
Charlie Austin, get out of my club.
— Curt (@Aerox_Curt) September 1, 2018
Like many, he seems to continue to suffer from confidence issues especially after the season we had last year and having opened his account for the season in the recent EFL Cup victory over Brighton, he could’ve done with that one going in to give himself a further boost.
Hopefully, he’s firing sooner rather than later though as we know what he’s capable of when on form.