Charlie Austin has revealed how a few words in his ear from West Ham captain Mark Noble helped him to score the winning penalty against the Hammers this afternoon.
The Saints striker bagged a late penalty as the hosts went on to beat Slaven Bilic’s side 3-2 – despite West Ham being down to ten men for most of the match through Marko Arnautovic’s red card.
Goals from Manolo Gabbiadini and Dusan Tadic put the hosts 2-0 up, before a goal either side of half time from Javier Hernandez pulled the Hammers right back in to the match.
However, it was Charlie Austin’s decisive spot-kick in the 93rd minute which secured victory for Southampton – and the striker has revealed that West Ham skipper Mark Noble inadvertently helped him convert the penalty past Joe Hart.
Speaking to the BBC about the penalty, Austin said: “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.
“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.”