Southampton (a) Premier League
20 mins: Christian Atsu's goalbound effort rebounded for Isaac Hayden to plant a low 20-yarder beyond former Magpie Fraser Forster who looked a bit flat-footed in front of the wildly celebrating Geordie hordes 1-0
Half time: Saints 0 Magpies 1
49 mins: Javier Manquilllo fatally allowed striker Manolo Gabbiadini to turn on the edge of the box and squeeze a shot between Rob Elliot and the near post. 1-1
51 mins: United kicked off and after briefly losing possession,
pushed on through DeAndre Yedlin. Jonjo Shelvey's forward pass then allowed Matt
Ritchie to knock a fine
first-time ball in from the United right that was thumped straight at Forster by Ayoze Perez.
Florian Lejeune betrayed a lack of match sharpness in his comeback game by
needlessly bundling Shane Long over for a penalty - the Irish forward once
again proving to be a thorn in our side after cynically kicking the ball out
and then waiting for contact.
Full time: Saints 2 Magpies 2
"We are disappointed because we could have won, but at the same time we are happy with taking a point away.
"It was a pity not to send the fans home with a win after such a long trip, but overall it was a good performance and I am happy with the team.
"It was difficult but at least we got a point. We can be better and hopefully we will be better but we have to defend better.
"I have not yet seen the replay but from the bench it looks as though it was a penalty.
"Obviously he (Lejeune) conceded the penalty that but then afterwards he was almost the hero with the header — that is football.
"He has not played since the opening game against Tottenham and he has been working very hard.
"During the international break he has been training with the team and I am happy because he is a good player who gives us more options at centre-back.”
Mauricio Pellegrino (who
played under Rafa at Liverpool and was on his coaching staff at both Anfield and
"My feeling is that we could never control the game. I repeat, maybe that was my responsibility because I wanted to take the game to Newcastle.
"I wanted to do something
different because, for example in the last game against Liverpool, they
couldn’t create too much, so I was trying to find a way.
"We conceded a couple of, in my opinion, soft goals. We were in our best moment. We could have won the game but also we could lose the game. I didn’t like seeing this game with a lot of different moments because, in other games, we were controlling the games without scoring whereas we scored two goals but it wasn’t enough.
“We are conceding goals in every single game at home, goals we can avoid. It is one point, it is not the best for us but in how we conceded the first and second goals the point is positive.”
dreadful sequence of results in Hampshire was thankfully ended, but what
could have been three points ultimately became one following two defensive
misadventures during the second half.
sluggish-looking Southampton side showed little sign of being in the mood
to register their fifth successive home victory over United and the
visitors deservedly went ahead on 20 minutes when Isaac Hayden seized on a
loose ball just outside the box and whacked it past Fraser Forster.
Almost from the restart though Newcastle regained the lead, Ayoze Perez netting at the second attempt to stun the Saints and stir memories of his last away strike, along the coast at Brighton.
that further goals were there for them, United pushed on and retained
the initiative, as an increasingly restless home support began to moan. However,
a face-saving second equaliser came their way with 15 minutes remaining,
thanks in part to continual United irritant Shane Long.
would have been only a second-ever league win here for Newcastle ultimately
eluded them, but the contrast between this committed and organised display and
the gutless shambles ensured on previous visits to St. Mary's was more than
evident. Pleasing progress.