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Ralph Hasenhuttl finds it ‘unbelievable’ that Southampton weren’t leading against Newcastle United

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Ralph Hasenhuttl was ‘very happy’ with his team’s performance.

A ‘very deserved point’ in the opinion of the Southampton boss.

However, he will travel back down to the south coast wondering why he isn’t taking another two points with him.

Steve Bruce’s negative game plan was in stark contrast to the attacking philosophy and pressing of Southampton under Ralph Hasenhuttl.

From the first whistle the Saints were prepared to press high up the game and ended up dominating, Ralph Hasenhuttl describing it as ‘unbelievable’ that Southampton weren’t ahead at the break.

With 11 shots before the break and any number of dangerous situations, Southampton could have been two or three up by the break, how Djenepo missed an open goal from three yards out was remarkable.

Ralph Hasenhuttl after the final whistle at St James Park:

“I’m very happy.

“It was a very deserved point today.

“We had a little bit more in the first half where we have to score and it was unbelievable that we are in at half-time 0-0.

“In the end, you see how games are going and absolutely we deserved to get a point in the end.

“It was a tough job but the belief was there and the guys never stopped trying and that was the good thing.

“We showed a very, very strong character today.

“We had the same game here last season and this season we managed to come back and score.

“We know we can play good football but what we should try to do is get something comfortable in these situations.

“It’s important we scored two times today, we’ve scored in every game, but what we are still missing is a clean sheet and conceding less goals, as this hasn’t changed so far.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 – Saturday 28 August 3pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Wilson 55, Saint-Maximin 90

Southampton:

Elyounoussi 74, Ward-Prowse (pen) 90+5

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Southampton 65% (63%) Newcastle 35% (37%)

Total shots were Southampton 22 (11)  Newcastle 10 (4)

Shots on target were Southampton 6 (3) Newcastle 5 (1)

Corners were Southampton 4 (1) Newcastle 4 (1)

Referee: Paul Tierney

Newcastle United:

Woodman, Fernandez, Lascelles, Schar, Murphy, Sean Longstaff, Almiron, Willock (Fraser 84), Ritchie, Wilson (Joelinton 67), Saint-Maximin

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Clark, Lewis, Hendrick, Krafth, Manquillo, Gayle

(Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 – You just hate to see it happen this way – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s lucky draw – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 – Wilson and ASM not enough to save NUFC from Steve Bruce negativity Read HERE)

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