"We know we need to improve and a one-club mentality can be powerful for that," in-form Charlie Austin looks ahead.
As Charlie Austin sits down at Staplewood to assess the side’s recent form, it is clear that togetherness is at the forefront of his thoughts.
Saints are looking to bounce back after defeats to Leicester and most recently Chelsea, following some promising displays prior to that – but the in-form forward acknowledges things must improve.
Results are, of course, the only remedy, and with Huddersfield on the horizon at St Mary’s, Austin highlighted a one-club mentality as being a powerful force in helping the team to do just that.
“We need to do better, we know that because as you look at the table we need to be higher up. It doesn’t take long, if you put together a few wins then you can be pushed right up there,” Austin began.
“I know the fans will think ‘people are always saying this’, but we do need to stick together because it is really important.
“As much as we need to create the atmosphere and get them going, they need to do it as well for us at home to get right behind us.
“We all need to be on the same boat going forward, because as you see at other clubs that’s what they do and everybody drives in one direction.
“Southampton have done that for years now and there’s no need to stop. We need to push on again to the next level.
“We need to get back to making St Mary’s a fortress where teams come and they’re worried, not coming to try and play their football. They need to worry about us and we know we’ve got quality in the team.
“Listen, we know results are massive and that changes the whole morale. We need to do that on Saturday against Huddersfield because when you win everybody is different. You come in on a Monday morning and people go to work feeling completely different.”
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Personally, Austin’s fine run of form of late is no coincidence, given his meticulous attention to detail on the training field.
Hours spent honing his finishing for a matchday has so often come to fruition throughout a career that has seen him work hard through all levels.
His record against this weekend’s opponents Huddersfield Town is an impressive one, with four goals and two assists in his last seven outings against the Terriers.
“I’ve waited to get my chance, got it and scored the goals. When you play in a team like this then nine times out of ten the ball is going to be put in the right position. You just have to make the runs,” Austin reflected.
“As a goalscorer, I practise a lot and when you get on the pitch and the goals start to come that shows. I love scoring goals and I’ve done it throughout my career and I’ll continue to do that now.
“As a striker you have those favoured teams of course, but when you’re on a hot streak of form and everything is going for you, you try things you probably wouldn’t when you’re not.
“When I play against Huddersfield, it seems to be one of those teams in the past where it seems to go well.
“Hopefully for myself and the team I can continue my form and we can push on over the festive period.”