West Ham United nearly pulled off a terrific comeback this afternoon when they came back from two goals down to level their match against Southampton.
Manolo Gabbiadini opened the scoring for the Saints in the 11th minute and there was more misery for the Hammers when summer signing Marko Arnautovic was shown a straight red card after catching Jack Stephens with an elbow.
The points looked to be in the bag when Dusan Tadic scored from the penalty spot before half-time.
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But Javier Hernandez gave West Ham life when he scored seconds before the interval and the former Manchester United forward made it 2-2 with 16 minutes remaining.
Slaven Billc’s side managed to last until injury time but they then conceded a penalty after Pablo Zabaleta fouled Maya Yoshia inside the area.
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Watch: Austin's penalty
Up stepped substitute Charlie Austin to slot the ball beyond Joe Hart to hand the Saints all three points.
It was a valiant effort from the Hammers but if any fan felt encouraged by their near-comeback, they felt complete miserable after what Austin about his penalty.
What Noble said to Austin
The former Queens Park Rangers forward admitted he was planning on going to his right before West Ham captain Mark Noble told him that Hart knew where he was going.
Austin then went to his left instead, and scored.
"I was going to his right for the penalty, but then Mark Noble said Joe Hart knows where you are going, so I put it into the other side,” Austin revealed, per BBC Sport.
Wow. So had Noble kept quiet, there’s a chance Hart would have saved Austin’s penalty.
West Ham fans are furious with Noble
Although Noble wasn’t to know that Austin intended to go right, he’s still received plenty of criticism on Twitter from West Ham’s supporters.
Austin: 'The lads worked hard'
Austin continued by expressing his delight at the win.
“A great first win of the season,” he said. “The lads worked so hard for the result. We threw away a two goal lead but we got out of jail.
"I don't know if it was a penalty or not. It was 50-50, delighted for us but you would not be happy if it was against you.
"You can see what they have with Javier Hernandez, he put away two rebounds but a good win for us.”
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