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Austin accepts rotation system at Southampton

Southampton striker Charlie Austin says that he is accepting manager Claude Puel’s way of rotating the squad.

Austin, 27, scored a brace against Sparta Prague in the 3-0 Europa League win on Thursday. Despite the two goals, Austin started the game against Swansea City on the bench.

“Like the manager said, we’re going to use the squad,” Austin said.

“I was frustrated, of course, because I had scored two and wanted to keep that run going, but we’ve got a great squad here and they’re all fighting for places. The manager wants to play a rotation system and he’s the boss.

“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 scored three.

“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.”

Austin entered the game in the 53rd minute, replacing Shane Long, and scored the lone goal of the game in the 64th minute as Southampton took their first league win of the season.

The Hungerford native joined the Saints last season from Queens Park Rangers during the January transfer window. He ended last season with one goal in seven appearances. With the goal against Swansea, he now sits at three goals in five appearances in all competitions this season.

Austin accepts rotation system at Southampton

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