Alan Shearer sums it up perfectly after Southampton 2 Newcastle 2
Despite leading twice in the match, Alan Shearer was still upbeat about Newcastle United after they ended up drawing 2-2 at Southampton.
With NUFC visiting his first club, Shearer saw Hayden put United in front with a cool 20th minute opener from outside the box.
The Saints then hit back with a Gabbiadini effort that crept inside Rob Elliot’s left hand post, he should have done better.
Incredibly, within two minutes Newcastle were back in front, the persistence of Ayoze Perez paying off when his first shot was saved and he beat Fraser Forster at his near post with the follow up. The former NUFC keeper looking nervous all game.
A really good second-half saw the visitors looking good for the three points, only for Lejeune to spoil an otherwise very good display with a daft penalty, Gabbiadini giving Elliot no chance.
Alan Shearer’s reaction was that any point at Southampton is a good one, after the abysmal record on the south coast over the years.
It is 13 years since Newcastle last won at Southampton and that was the only Premier League win Alan Shearer experienced for United at his old club.
The 19 September 2004 saw a David Prutton own goal and a long-range effort from Stephen Carr beat Southampton 2-1.
On 18 January 1997 Newcastle got a 2-2 draw, Ferdinand and Clark with the goals.
Bellamy scored in a 1-1 draw on 14 December 2002, whilst Shola, Bowyer and Ambrose scored in a 3-3 on 12 May 2004.
The only other victory at Southampton since 1972, was on the 3 January 2004 when Laurent Robert and Kieron Dyer (2) scored in a 3-0 win in the FA Cup.
“Any point for Newcastle at Southampton is a good one after their record over the years!”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Southampton 2 Newcastle 2
Newcastle: Hayden 20, Perez 51
Southampton: Gabbiadini 49,75 (pen)
Possession was Southampton 62% Newcastle 38%
Total shots were Southampton 12 Newcastle 19
Shots on target were Southampton 2 Newcastle 5
Corners were Southampton 3 Newcastle 8
Referee: Kevin Friend
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu (Murphy 82), Perez (Merino 63), Joselu (Gayle 68)
Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Diame
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