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Southampton’s Austin says, ‘It’s a big win for us’

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It nearly didn’t end up that way, but Austin’s late penalty heroics rescued three points.

Southampton v West Ham United - Premier League Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Charlie Austin came off the bench to deliver the final blow after 10-man West Ham had fought back from two goals down.

Austin tucked his first goal of the season away from the penalty spot three minutes in added time in a 3-2 win at St Mary’s.

The forward’s goal denied Javier Hernandez, who struck twice, a share of the honours.

“It was great to get the first win of the season and come on and play a part,” Austin told the Official Southampton FC Website.

“It’s always tough when you go against 10 men — they have nothing to lose and just go for it.”

Southampton appeared to be cruising towards their first victory when Hernandez levelled 15 minutes from full-time.

But Pablo Zabaleta gave the hosts a lifeline when he bundled over Maya Yoshida in the area, before Austin converted from 12 yards out.

“We threw a two goal lead really and I’ve got to be honest, we have to gel,” said Austin. “We’ve come away with three points, delighted, it’s a big win for us.”