Cape Town - Southampton
striker Charlie Austin has a gut-feeling that they will avoid the drop
despite sitting in the bottom three ahead of Saturday’s clash with
The Saints have only won once in their last 14 Premier League matches
ahead of the clash with the Clarets, and dropped into the relegation
zone with last weekend’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool.
"My gut says we've got a good enough squad to stay in the Premier
League but I'm under no illusions that in the Premier League you're
given nothing," Austin said. "We need to perform now.
"We don't want to go to the last day of the season against Manchester City, so hopefully we can get the points we need.
"You can't wait on other results, you need to get the wins and that's the most important thing for us."
Austin, who is currently side-lined with a hamstring injury and is
expecting to miss another five weeks, also spoke in defence of manager
Mauricio Pellegrino, saying his dismissal is not the answer to their
"It's easy to turn on each other, pointing fingers, blame the
manager, blame the board," Austin added, with six goals from 16 league
appearances to his name this season.
"We don't want any of that, we need to stick together. As players
sometimes you've got to look at yourselves, in house, are we not doing
the right things?
"I understand where the fans are coming from but they said this about Claude Puel last year and look what happened.
"We've got to get sustainability at the club. That's how it used to
be but first and foremost we need to stay in the Premier League."
Kick-off is at 17:00.