sport news Charlie Austin concedes Southampton have 'a mountain to climb'

Southampton lost a crucial basement battle 3-0 at West Ham on Saturday The Saints are 18th in the league table, two points adrift with seven games to go Victory for the Hammers lifted them up to 14th and came as a huge relief

By Andy Sims, Press Association Sport

Published: 12:40 BST, 1 April 2018 | Updated: 12:40 BST, 1 April 2018

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Charlie Austin admits Southampton face an uphill battle to escape relegation.

The Saints lost a crucial basement battle 3-0 at West Ham on Saturday to leave them rooted in the drop zone.

Striker Austin, back after three months out injured, barely got a sniff of a chance as Joao Mario's strike and a double from Marko Arnautovic secured a vital three points for the hosts.

Southampton's Charlie Austin admits Southampton face an uphill battle to escape relegation

Southampton's Charlie Austin admits Southampton face an uphill battle to escape relegation

Austin said: 'It just wasn't good enough, we need to pull our finger out and do it sharpish.

'There are seven games to go and we've given ourselves a mountain to climb.

'We've got to win fast and get out of the hole we're in. We're fortunate that results are half going our way to keep everyone around it.

'We need the fans to

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