Goals have been hard to come by for Southampton this season since Mauricio Pellegrino took charge in the summer.
Before taking on Everton at St Mary’s, the Saints had scored just nine goals in 12 Premier League games.
Despite having Shane Long, Manolo Gabbiadini and Charlie Austin at his disposal, Pellegrino struggled to drum up an attacking force.
On Sunday, though, the team managed to hit four against a troubled Everton side, who are lingering two points above the relegation zone.
Dusan Tadic and Steven Davis got on the scoreline, but the star of the show was Austin, who netted twice and proved to be a threatening figure up front.
The former Queens Park Rangers forward had gone eight games in all competitions without finding the back of the net.
In 11 outings, Austin has a tally of just three goals, but on only two occasions has he been named in Pellegrino’s first XI.
After his performance against the Toffees, some fans are hopeful that the forward will receive more minutes in upcoming games.
So much better with Austin in the side. Suits our play more and is just like Pelle was, the target man. He holds up the ball and passes it on so that we can go forward. Improves Tadic as he has someone to receive off of, go forward and then cross in to. #SaintsFC
— Nathan Newington (@newington13) November 26, 2017
Get the ball in early, get Austin in the box, goals will be scored. Two great crosses, two great headers ?? ⚽️⚽️ #saintsfc
— Andrew Davis (@andydavis1978) November 26, 2017
Positive performance today and some goals! Austin will always get in the right place and inevitably score when selected.
Big fan of PEH in terms of his footballing character and style. Hope he gets some more opportunities!
Let’s hope some momentum can be achieved!#SaintsFc
— ⚽️SuperSaint?⚪️ (@saintlydave81) November 26, 2017
Tadic and Boufal superb. Hojbjerg and Austin have never looked better in #Saintsfc colours.
— Sam (@SamDobson1) November 26, 2017
— Curtis (@Curtford88) November 26, 2017
Best performance of the season. #Everton were awful which helped but thats more like it from #SaintsFC . Austin was on fire ? today! Thats how we need to continue for the rest of the season. https://t.co/CpjDXNX6gJ
— David Warner (@DavidWarner23) November 26, 2017
The end of November and this was Charlie Austin’s first start in the PL this season. All the changes we make each week and shocked he hasn’t played more #saintsfc
— Keg (@mhrgylk) November 26, 2017
And that is why Austin starts. #SaintsFC
— ben vincent (@benny_vincent92) November 26, 2017
I've been banging on for a year that a target man is the missing link, Charlie Austin stepped up today ???? #saintsfc
— pathways closed! ? (@Legendoftelfer) November 26, 2017