Austin strikes again for Southampton

Slow starts to the season are a common feature of Claude Puel sides

Slow starts to the season are a common feature of Claude Puel sides

" They did not play this week, so Swansea can keep good energy to play against us, but it is important for us to stay with good concentration for our game and to just think about what we have to do on the pitch". "It's important to keep all the players with good possibilities and good energy to play".

Swansea City head coach Francesco Guidolin: "We must be ready to fight, because in this league to fight is the most important thing".

Austin proceeded to score his first goal since the victor at Old Trafford on his Saints debut in January to give Puel's men the lead.

Southampton's Nathan Redmond reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton FC and Swansea City, at St Mary's, in Southampton, England, Sunday Sept. 18, 2016.

"I should have had three (goals)", Austin told the BBC.

"They can discuss together; if all the time you put the ball in the goal it's okay".

"I respect all my players, the relationship is important".

Sparta manager Zdenek Scasny, whose task in leading his side into the competition's knockout stages already looks hard after Hapoel Be'er Sheva's 2-0 win at Inter Milan, insisted the gulf in quality between the two teams was too big to overcome.

Southampton boss Claude Puel is set to restore a host of players to his first XI after resting them for the Europa League win over Sparta Prague. "Our loss was justified".

"The quality of the home team was really strong".

"It was a good result for us in Europe, now it is important to carry on the same work in the Premier League", said the French coach, who had spells in charge of Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice.

"I was at this fixture last season for Match of the Day, nearly a year ago, when Southampton were impressive 3-1 winners". Against an opponent like Southampton, it doesn't matter what tactic you choose.

There has been a goal scored in the final 11 minutes of each league game involving Swansea City this season - three of which have changed the outcome of the game.

The former QPR striker was then left in disbelief at how he'd not scored when his effort careened off the crossbar and deflected off the back of the keeper's head on 62 minutes.

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