Charlie Austin thinks Southampton will learn from their mistakes after a vital win over Swansea all but ensured their Premier League survival.
Mark Hughes’ side are now 16th in the standings following Manolo Gabbiadini’s 72nd minute goal, ensuring the 1-0 win, with the victory relegating West Brom in the process.
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After 72 minutes of frenetic action, Gabbiadini provided the decisive moment when he reacted quickest to Austin’s parried shot in a crowded goalmouth.
The Italian had only been on the pitch for four minutes and it was only his fifth goal of a difficult season for him and the club.
And while fellow striker Austin was delighted the Saints have pretty much survived the drop zone, he was adamant this was not a battle his side should have been involved with in the first place.
Ahead of Saints’ last league game against Manchester City on Sunday, Austin said: “It’s a nine-point swing.
“A team like Southampton shouldn’t be near the bottom of the league. We will learn from our mistakes.”
Saints boss Mark Hughes was delighted with the efforts of his side, but insisted that Southampton were not completely safe.
Hughes said: “We got ourselves into the position we wanted to be going into that game (against Manchester City).
“It would be foolhardy to think that it’s done until it’s mathematically sure.
“Until then we have to do the right things. We will be ready to go again on Sunday and hopefully put it to bed.”
Meanwhile, Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal felt his side deserved more out of Monday night’s game, while also saying his players will keep fighting until it’s mathematically impossible for them to stay up.
He said: “At the end of the game all the lads had the feeling we deserved a bit more. We played to win. It was very emotional.
“We are not relegated yet. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow and at the weekend and we will try to do our part.
“The players were very honest. They gave everything. They played with everything.”