Saints star baffled by ‘odd’ Bournemouth boos

Date published: Monday 4th December 2017 2:40

Charlie Austin was left baffled by Bournemouth fans booing him after the striker rescued a point for Southampton on Sunday.

Austin scored his third goal in three games to cancel out Ryan Fraser’s opener and secure Saints a 1-1 draw at the Vitality Stadium.

After slotting home Nathan Redmond’s cross, Austin celebrated in front of the home supporters, who had been jeering him throughout the game.

Austin spent six weeks training with Bournemouth when he belonged to Poole Town back in 2009, but the move was blocked as the Cherries were then placed under a transfer embargo.

“Their reaction was a bit odd, I am not too sure why. It was not my fault,” said Austin, who joined Swindon instead and then Burnley.

“If anything, I was going to sign here and (manager) Eddie (Howe) and (assistant manager) Jason (Tindall) did everything they could to sign me and I would have signed.

“But, like Eddie said earlier in the week, he could not stand in my way and I am forever grateful to them for letting me go and giving me a chance.

“It is not strange to score against them. It was a long time ago and I never actually signed for the club.”

Redmond’s assist also had added significance given he was left on the bench following his feisty exchange with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last week.

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino said Redmond was being rested but the winger came off the bench at half-time to inspire the visitors’ fightback.

“It was a strange one,” Austin said of Redmond’s face-off with Guardiola.

“But he is a good pro. He came on at half-time, got his head down and changed the game in our favour.”


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