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.

Alan Shearer:

“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

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu (Murphy 82), Perez (Merino 63), Joselu (Gayle 68)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Diame

Crowd: 31,437 (Newcastle 3,200)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The team did ok, they looked solid at the back & in midfield we could & should have had 3 points but for a moment of madness from the otherwise excellent Lejeune.
    Gayle looked like he picked up another injury but it`s maybe just a slight strain.
    we MUST get a striker & a number 10 in January

    • Paul Patterson

      I must have missed the Gayle thing, what happened?

  • Shipcote Willy

    I though we were in control at 2-1 but the pointless tackle by Lejeune, which was surprising, changed it and gave them impetus, although we had a good go at the end. For once the ref did us a favour, with no second yellow for Yedlin. Normally I would be happy with an away point, especially with our record there but cant help but feel that it should have been all three.

  • Hughie

    Solid display… but until we replace Perez, Atsu and possibly Joselu with players who have the ability to hold the ball, pass to teammates etc we will struggle, because it just keeps bouncing back.

    • Paul Patterson

      Dare I say- Mitrovic?

  • gallowgate26

    Disappointing when we led for so much of the game but an away point is not a bad result at Southampton. We just need to keep adding to the points total and get to 20 before December. Palace at home is a great opportunity and they have got the monkey off their back of having no points, which may not actually be a bad thing for us. Some really important games coming up now. Let’s make this season the one where we beat the teams around the bottom and don’t do what we usually do of turn up against the big guns. We need to be realistic, a good start but this season is all about survival and the wheels can quickly come off, just ask Huddersfield!

  • 5floorshigh

    how to make a poor to average Southampton team look half decent, far to negative, more positive thinking in our play and that should have been a very comfortable wing. Joselu is a waste of a shirt number and Gayle doing nothing……time for a Rafa ‘U’ turn and start with Mitro………an utter disgrace the way he has been treated !

    • TheNutJob

      couldn`t agree with you more about Mitro

    • 1957

      Is Mitrovic really worse than Hoss and (on this season’s form at least) Gayle? He has his issues but at least defenders know they have been in a game, Southampton’s had it easy today.

      I have a feeling Benitez is simply in ABM (anyone but Mitrovic) mode

      • gallowgate26

        I get the impression that Rafa likes a player who carries out his instructions to the letter (Mbemba doesn’t and doesn’t get a game, despite probably being the fans favourite defender) and a 7 out of 10 player who is reliable but nothing special will play for Rafa every week (Anita, Ritchie, Perez) because they follow his instructions and work for the team. Mitro does work but he loses the plot and lashes out, despite chance after chance. He gets suspended yet again this season. Carroll was like that yesterday for Wet Spam, he just lost it and got a 2nd yellow card within minutes. So Rafa doesn’t trust Mitrovic, Joselu is doing what he wants and Rafa trusts him.

  • Simon Ritter

    First time this season, IMHO, the defence looked shaky. Put that down to Yedlin being knackered after his transatlantic trip and Lascelles trying to close down the Saints wingers near the touchline. Elliot also seemed unsure. Lejeune, penalty apart, was good and his extra height definitely helped. Atsu a threat, Joselu did a decent job as target man, Perez scored and helped make first goal. Shelvey looked short of match sharpness at first but grew into the game. Well-taken goal by Hayden, typically busy display from Ritchie, Manquillo went missing once or twice but made some good clearances. Merino looked a class above anything else on the pitch. Gayle is not running with the pace of last season. A game we could easily have lost but might have won. Ten times more entertainment than Liverpool and Man Utd (who want more TV money) managed to provide.

  • molend

    Two points lost, but a solid performance overall. Crying out for Mitro as the sub instead of Gayle. Absolute priority in January- top-class goalkeeper. Elliot flapped at a cross, should have done better with the first goal and twice within a minute or so ‘cleared’ the ball to the opposition short of the half-way line. Krul’s distribution was bad, but Elliot’s is dismal. So long as we don’t get Fraser Foster in.

    • gallowgate26

      He was due a bad game to be fair (Elliott). He’s been decent enough in most games this season for my opinion. Saved us against Stoke and again against Liverpool after the Clark mistake. Priority is in other areas, sell Gayle to a championship club like Fulham (if we can now he’s knacked) and buy a quality centre forward in January. The current 3 are not going to score regularly enough long term.

    • anyobrien

      Elliot was not that bad imo

  • joppadoni

    1st goal wasnt elliots fault at all.. It was the defending player.. Elliots positioning was on point. Anything that side should have been blocked. Lejuene got mugged but will learn a lot from that. Decent game. Just need a striker.

    • Wor Monga

      agree, it wasn’t the keepers fault…with the defenders coming across from the left the onus had to be on them to block a shot to that side, and most danger from any left foot strike had to be towards the far post…it was very unlucky that it got through, and left Elliot with the worst possible task of stopping a very low shot into the bottom corner!!!

  • Wor Monga

    Shearer is spot on…it was a tremendous team effort down there…against an established mid-table, PL team where we usually come back from without even
    having had a shot at goal never mind having 5 on target…Shelvey was class, Hayden’s goal was a cracker, Perez did well, and took his goal exceptionally well, and Joselu gave a good account against a centre back that some of the top clubs would like in their back four…

    Southampton are a club that would always fancy their chances against us, down there…how many experts even gave us the draw in?…none, because this was the one that they all had the Saints ready to get their PL show back on the rails, but guess what!…Rafa and his lads had other ideas about that!!!

  • Andynufc

    Records are there to be broken. Why play it down. We should’ve come away with the 3 points. It’s good to see this team proven so called experts wrong. Genuinely believe we are a Striker, number 10 and a left back away from being a solid PL team. Wether Rafa will have the funds of pie man is another question

  • Andrew Sene

    We need big Mitro up front, he virtually alone has guided Serbia to Russia, he is young and a proven goalscorer, give him the no. 9 shirt

  • steve pearce

    Yes – bury the hatchet with Mitro and play him every game Rafa. With him up front and the service he would get from our midfield goals would come flooding in. Lejuene should have been made to walk home from Southampton dressed up as Theresa May….