With Ronald Koeman recovering from an achilles operation, it was left to brother, and assistant, Erwin to look after Southampton and give the post-match reaction.
Erwin Koeman said that he hopes his sibling will be back soon but claims that in his absence, the Saints deserved all three points as they finished the match the stronger.
Sadio Man racing through a tiring Newcastle backline and wasting two great opportunities.
However, there are two sides to every story and in his post-match interview, Steve McClaren said that Newcastle deserved to win, despite tiring in the last quarter of an hour.
The draw was probably though the fairest result…
Southampton Assistant manager Erwin Koeman:
“Normally with a draw here you can be happy but after the game I have mixed feelings. I think if you see the last ten minutes, we should have won.
“Ten minutes before the end when we came back from the 2-1 down thanks to a great header by Shane, you think we can get the point, but in the last ten minutes and injury time you saw we were in a good physical way.
“We showed that and we had two big chances from Sadio Mane but he did not hit the target and that was the disappointment.’
“It was a little bit different and for me it was the first time in charge in the Premier League.”
A great feeling:
“In this stadium it was a great feeling. The preparation went well with all the coaches and finally, the most important thing is the game and we took a point.
“We (Erwin and Ronald Koeman) had contact by telephone before. Ronald saw the game in Holland and I will call him after, I hope he’s coming back to Southampton soon.’