Charlie Austin's post-match rant about the officials after Southampton 1-1 Watford

Southampton's Charlie Austin

Southampton are really struggling to win football matches.

The Saints have won just once in the Premier League this season and are currently in 16th place, just two points above the relegation zone.

It looked as if Mark Hughes' side were heading to their second victory against Watford today, but they were pegged back by a late Jose Holebas strike.

The Greek left-back struck in the 82nd minute to snatch an undeserved draw. Manolo Gabbiadini had given the Saints the lead in the first-half.

And there was a huge moment of controversy in the second period when substitute Charlie Austin had a goal ruled out for offside.

It was a ludicrous decision from the officials which ultimately cost Hughes' side two priceless points.

So when Austin spoke to the media after the game, he went on a seriously passionate rant about the incident.

You rarely see a post-match interview like this from a footballer.


"It’s ridiculous, they shouldn’t be in the game," Austin said.

"We scored a perfectly good goal that was ruled out for offside. The officials cost us two points. They said it was offside, that is a joke.

"People go on about VAR, they clearly need help. If this is the best, most-watched league in the world then give them all the help they need. It is a joke.

"Sure there are many positives, we worked hard, we deserved three points and we would have got that had we not been let down by the official.

Austin in action

"We feel like we have been let down. I started well, worked hard to be up 1-0 at half-time and we stuck to the plan.

"We didn’t get beat but we should have gotten away with three points going into the international break.

"The performance was there, we can take that away and we should manage the game. I’m angry is what it is, we should have won 2-0."

Austin may have landed himself in hot water with the FA.

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