03-Dec-2017 15:36:42 | The Guardian
Hearing Charlie Austin’s name sung with gusto at full-time must have been Eddie Howe’s worst fear. The Bournemouth manager repeatedly tried and failed to buy the striker while he was on trial at the club from Poole Town in 2009, but later made his first signing at Burnley, and here it was Austin who cancelled out Ryan Fraser’s opener to earn a share of the spoils for Southampton in this entertaining match.
In truth, it is a point that does little for either team, who both will feel they could have taken victory on another day. Mauricio Pellegrino had cited the “bigger picture” pre-match, owing to the gruelling December schedule, this the first of seven matches this month, so it came as little surprise he made six changes from the team that came unstuck in the sixth minute of injury time against Manchester City in midweek – two of which were enforced with Cédric Soares and Shane Long missing with hamstring and calf injuries respectively. Jérémy Pied made his first league start since May at right-back while Austin ably filled the void up front.
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