Southampton News – Austin urges Saints to ‘go to war’

11 months ago

In the latest Southampton news, striker Charlie Austin has conceded they must “go to war” in their final six games of the Premier League season after defeat to Arsenal.

Mark Hughes’ men remain in the bottom three after 32 games despite a spirited performance at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Saints opened the scoring through Shane Long but Arsene Wenger’s men led at the break after goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Welbeck.

Austin thought he had rescued a point before Welbeck grabbed his second and Hughes’ men continue to wait for a league win.

Southampton’s last league success came on February 3 against West Brom but they do have a game in hand against Swansea in May.

Hughes’ side are just three points away from safety but remain in the FA Cup and will take on Chelsea later this month.

Austin is adamant new boss Hughes has made a big impact as they try to avoid the drop.

He told BBC Sport: “We need to grow up as men. Mark Hughes has given a new identity to the lads.

“That was shown. For the first half hour we were well on top. We can’t believe we are down there but that is our own doing. We need to get ourselves out of this situation.

“If we put in performances like that we will get points, but we are running out of games. Last week I didn’t see a path to safety, but I do now. We have to go to war now.”

Southampton have a tricky run-in as they need to play the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, with bet365 pricing them at 10/11 to stay up.