In the latest Southampton news, striker Charlie Austin has admitted that the side have “a mountain to climb” if they are to avoid Premier League relegation this season.
The Saints went to the London Stadium on Saturday hoping to take advantage of the Hammers’ recent troubles on and off the pitch with the fans wanting to remove the clubs current owners, while the side had lost three successive matches to slip back towards the relegation places.
However, it didn’t go to script for Mark Hughes’ men as the hosts rediscovered their form to secure a 3-0 win courtesy of first half goals from Joao Mario and a Marko Arnautovic brace.
The damaging defeat keeps the Saints in the final relegation place and, while Crystal Palace sit just two points ahead of them, Austin feels they have their work cut out to avoid slipping into the Championship.
On the Saints, who are 11/10 to be relegated with William Hill, the former QPR and Burnley forward said: “It just wasn’t good enough, we need to pull our finger out and do it sharpish.
“There are seven games to go and we’ve given ourselves a mountain to climb.
“We’ve got to win fast and get out of the hole we’re in. We’re fortunate that results are half going our way to keep everyone around it.
“We need the fans to believe we can get out of this mess. We have seven games to go now.
“That’s what it comes down to and we need to put all our energy into that. I know it’s hard to do after watching that performance but that’s what we have to do.
“Come the end of the season, Southampton needs to be a Premier League club and we need to push in one direction.”