Newcastle threw away 2 points in this game when with just 15 minutes left and with Newcastle leading 2-1, Florian Lejeune gave away a needless penalty.
The Frenchman didn’t have to tackle Shane Long but did, and the referee awarded a penalty, and it was Manolo Gabbiadini who leveled the scores.
Newcastle have to learn how to see out a game, and this felt like a loss rather than a draw at the end of the game.
But I’m very biased of course.
We got 1 point and are now on 11 points from 8 games which is OK.
Isaac Hayden after scoring first Premier League goal ever
After an even opening Isaac Hayden scored his first Premier League goal ever in the 20th minute.
It was a beautiful low right-footed drive from outside the area after former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster blocked a shot from Christian Atsu.
Southampton were then on top through the rest of the first half as the Saints applied the pressure but the Newcastle defense was resilient.
But then 5 minutes in the second half Gabbiadini was allowed too much space in the penalty area, and he shot home on the turn to make it 1-1 – slack play from the Newcastle defense.
He made the goal out of nothing.
But within a minute Perez had scored his first goal of the season when he beat Fraser Forster at the near post after the goalkeeper had blocked his first shot – and Fraser should have done a lot better.
An excellent goal from Perez.
And then it seemed a case of Newcastle seeing out the game as Rafa brought on Merino for Perez after 63 minutes and then Gayle for Joselu five minutes later.
Maybe Mikel Merino can play in the number 10 position for Newcastle as he plays that position well for the Spanish U21 side.
But then with only 15 minutes to play Florian Lejeune, who had returned to the side in place of Ciaran Clark, brought down Shane Long in the box when he didn’t even have to tackle the Irishman.
The ball was going out of play and Long waited for Lejeune coming in and then fell down dramatically to get the penalty.
Gabbiadini got his second goal of the game from the resulting penalty, and either side could have won it in the end, but it ended up all square at 2-2.
Rafa will not be happy at conceding two goals, and he will work on keeping the defense awake for our next game at home to Crystal Palace at home next Saturday.
Tha Saints had only scored 5 league goals before today’s match.
Southampton: Forster, Cedric, van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Lemina, Romeu (Davis, 67), Tadic, Redmond (Boufal, 57); Gabbiadini, Long (Austin, 82).
Subs not used: McCarthy, Hoedt, Ward-Prowse, McQueen.
Newcastle: Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Perez (Merino, 63), Atsu (Murphy, 82); Joselu (Gayle, 68).
Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Diame.
Goals: Hayden 20, Gabbiadini 50, 75 (pen), Perez 51,
Kevin Friend (Leicester)