Austin Grabs Last Gasp Winner

It was a last gasp winner at St Mary’s Stadium for Southampton as Charlie Austin scores a stoppage time penalty to give the Saints the win.

The Saints won 3-2 against 10 man West Ham who had come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. However Austin’s calm persona from twelve yards meant Southampton fans were going home happy.

The home side took the lead on the 11th minute mark when Manolo Gabbiadini scored from an acute angle. It was the first goal in six games at St Mary’s stadium a total of nine hours and 15 minutes.

Southampton then could have been down to ten men as Dusan Tadic should have been sent off for a reckless lunge on Javier Hernandez. However just ten minutes later it was the away side who were put a man down as Arnautovic was sent to the stands for a stupid elbow on Dale Stephens right in front of the referee.

The home side then doubled their lead with Tadic scoring from the penalty spot on the 36th minute. It seemed the Saints would go onto win the game comfortably. However the game wasn’t done as Hernandez scored just before the break to give the Hammers fans hope.

It was his first goal in the Premier League since 2014 when he scored against Newcastle United (1232 days ago).

The Mexican who cost West Ham £16m then scored again with 17 minutes on the clock remaining to level the score up. All 39 goals he has scored in England’s top flight have been scored inside the box.

Then came the winner in the dying moments of the game as referee Lee Mason decided Zabaleta had fouled Yoshida inside the box. A penalty was awarded to the home side and Austin duly converted the spot kick to give Southampton the victory.

It was the first time Southampton have scored a winning goal in the 90th minute in the Premier League.

Next up for Southampton is a home tie in the Carbao Cup second round against Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers. Meanwhile West Ham head to Cheltenham Town in the cup on Wednesday evening.


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