Striker sends boss reminder with triple
Charlie Austin sent Mauricio Pellegrino a reminder of his ability with a hat-trick in Saints' 5-1 behind-closed-doors win over Fulham.
Southampton's top-scorer last season has played just 103 minutes of Premier League football so far in this campaign and has mainly been used as a late substitute by the boss.
But the 28-year-old, who also scored against the Cottagers in a friendly during the last international break, showed his predatory instincts are as good as ever in the match at Staplewood on Thursday.
Oriol Romeu opened the scoring for a very-strong Saints XI in the first minute, before Austin poached a second and then made it 3-0 from the penalty spot before the half hour mark.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, another forgotten man getting a chance, made it 4-0 just before half-time, hitting home from Matt Targett's cross.
Austin completed his treble with a superb glancing header soon in to the second period.
SAINTS XI: Taylor; Pied, Stephens, Gardos (Bakary 69’), Targett; Romeu (Obafemi 69’), McQueen; Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Austin.
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