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Charlie Austin thinks he is the missing piece of the puzzle in the Swindon attack
Charlie Austin said he felt like he was the final piece of the puzzle in the Swindon attack as they ran out 5-0 winners against Grimsby Town. Total Sport’s Joe Acklam spoke to the goalscorer after the match.
Austin opened the scoring as a five-star Swindon eviscerated Grimsby, with Marcel Lavinier, Jonny Williams, Ronan Darcy, and Saidou Khan all finding the back of the net after half-time.
Austin said that he felt like he added the element which Swindon had needed in the past to turn their dominance into victories.
He said: “I think I was the missing piece of what the lads had, I think they have been superb before I came in and put themselves in a great position.
“I was just the person who will stay in the middle, I am not going to run the channels for you, but I will certainly hold the ball up and bring everybody else in and today I did that.
“I can’t take the credit, the lads were superb today to a man, in the first half and the second half.
“Even when the man got sent off, it is tough as players when you go against a team with ten men.
“But Marcel [Lavinier] scored a great goal to put us two-nil up and the rest of it was one way traffic.
“The lads have been brilliant since I came in, the application this week has been superb and it certainly showed today.”
Austin also said that his ability to create an understanding on the field with players quickly was key to him being able to hit the ground running on his return.
He said: “In my career this is how I have always been, I have been very fortunate to play great players throughout my career, like Kieran Trippier, who has gone on play for Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, at the World Cup and Euros.
“But it just happens, I just have this link with full-backs, where I say ‘just trust me, if you cross the ball then I will be there.’ And that is really it.
“I feel like I was just one of those players who helped them along [the other forwards].
“I think the communication was key and we bounce off each other. If you look when a player went into a position, be it pressing the goalkeeper or whatever then someone filled in their position.
“We were very good as a front four and that helped the six who were behind us.
“I know they gave me man of the match, but I thought Sads [Saidou Khan] was superb throughout the 90 minutes and deserved his goal.
“He was a key part to us and he certainly will continue to be going forward.”
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