Manolo Gabbiadini brace earns Southampton a point against Newcastle
Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle

Manolo Gabbiadini brace earns Southampton a point against Newcastle

15/10/2017

Manolo Gabbiadini's double rescued Southampton as his side twice came from behind to salvage a 2-2 Premier League draw against Newcastle.

Saints looked to be staring down the barrel of a third straight league defeat when Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez put Newcastle ahead in each half at St Mary's Stadium.

But both times Gabbiadini hit back, his second goal coming from the penalty spot after Newcastle's Florian Lejeune had brought down Shane Long.

Gabbiadini was making his first start in more than a month and Mauricio Pellegrino will hope his brace prompts a return to the sort of form that saw the Italian score six goals in his first four games for Southampton last season.

He had previously only managed one so far this term.

The striker's intervention here will also come as a relief to England hopeful Fraser Forster after the goalkeeper endured several shaky moments and was caught out of position for both Newcastle's goals.

For Rafael Benitez's side, who stay ninth, this was an opportunity missed against a team struggling for goals and confidence but the game might have been very different had DeAndre Yedlin been handed a second yellow card for a late challenge early in the second period.

Long was passed fit, despite missing the Republic of Ireland's win over Wales with a hip injury, while Jonjo Shelvey wore a cast on his hand after breaking a finger trying to break up a training ground row last week.

This was something of a battle between the master and the apprentice considering Pellegrino played under Benitez at both Valencia and Liverpool and then later joined the Spaniard's coaching staff at Anfield.

Roy Hodgson was also watching on in the crowd, with his rejuvenated Crystal Palace side up against Newcastle next weekend.

He might have been encouraged by Newcastle's defending early on as Dusan Tadic should have put Southampton in front but nodded Nathan Redmond's cross over when left free at the back post.

It proved a costly miss because in the 20th minute, the visitors took the lead.

Christian Atsu's driven effort was blocked by Maya Yoshida, but with Forster already diving to his left, Hayden's first-time shot wrong-footed the goalkeeper and hit the back of the net.

Southampton lost their way and when a free-kick routine resulted in Redmond side-footing straight to his opponent's feet, the home crowd let out a collective groan of irritation.

Newcastle almost doubled their advantage early in the second half when Perez's feathered finish dropped onto the bar before two goals arrived, one at each end, in as many minutes.

First, Gabbiadini whipped a shot through the legs of Javier Manquillo and into the bottom corner before Perez restored the Magpies' lead, reacting fastest to Forster saving his initial shot by squeezing in the rebound from the angle.

Forster, who had already flapped a cross behind and seen a clearance closed down, might have been disappointed not at least to have covered off his near post.

Newcastle were back in the driving seat but fortunate not to play the last half an hour with 10 men as Yedlin, already booked, flew in high and late on Redmond. Referee Kevin Friend judged a final warning punishment enough.

There was no doubt about the penalty decision with 15 minutes left, however, as Lejeune needlessly fouled Long when the striker was posing little threat to Newcastle's goal. Gabbiadini slammed the spot-kick home to level up.

Both teams pushed forward in search of a late winner and Lejeune almost made amends for his earlier error, only for substitute Steven Davis to clear the Frenchman's 89th-minute header off the line. It was a dramatic end to a thrilling contest.

Related news

Manchester United agree deal to land Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester United agree deal to land Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Brazil international midfielder Fred, the Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday.

Stephan Lichtsteiner joins Arsenal on free transfer

Stephan Lichtsteiner joins Arsenal on free transfer

Stephan Lichtsteiner has become Unai Emery's first signing for Arsenal after joining the Premier League side on a free transfer from Juventus.

Frank Lampard named Derby County manager on three-year deal

Frank Lampard named Derby County manager on three-year deal

Frank Lampard has been appointed the new manager of Derby County on a three-year contract, with former Chelsea academy coach Jody Morris as his assistant.

Liverpool agree deal to sign midfielder Fabinho from Monaco

Liverpool agree deal to sign midfielder Fabinho from Monaco

Liverpool have announced a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Fabinho from Monaco.

Arsenal appoint Unai Emery as head coach to replace Arsene Wenger

Arsenal appoint Unai Emery as head coach to replace Arsene Wenger

Arsenal have hired former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery to take them into a new era following Arsene Wenger's departure, with sources telling that he has signed a three-year contract.

Eden Hazard's first-half penalty hands Chelsea FA Cup win over Man United

Eden Hazard's first-half penalty hands Chelsea FA Cup win over Man United

Eden Hazard fired Chelsea to FA Cup glory against Manchester United as Antonio Conte's expected farewell ended with a memorable triumph against old foe Jose Mourinho.

Michael Carrick signs off with a win as Manchester United sink Watford

Michael Carrick signs off with a win as Manchester United sink Watford

Michael Carrick bade farewell to Old Trafford by helping set up the goal that delivered a 1-0 win for Manchester United over Watford.

Man City land 100 points as late Gabriel Jesus goal beats Southampton

Man City land 100 points as late Gabriel Jesus goal beats Southampton

Champions Manchester City became the first club to amass 100 Premier League points after Gabriel Jesus scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner at Southampton.

Tottenham hit back to edge nine-goal thriller as Harry Kane nets twice

Tottenham hit back to edge nine-goal thriller as Harry Kane nets twice

Tottenham said goodbye to Wembley in style as they came from behind to beat Leicester 5-4 in a thrilling final-day Premier League encounter.

RELATED NEWS

Manchester United agree deal to land Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk
Manchester United news

Manchester United agree deal to land Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Brazil international midfielder Fred, the Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday.

Stephan Lichtsteiner joins Arsenal on free transfer
Arsenal news

Stephan Lichtsteiner joins Arsenal on free transfer

Stephan Lichtsteiner has become Unai Emery's first signing for Arsenal after joining the Premier League side on a free transfer from Juventus.

Frank Lampard named Derby County manager on three-year deal
Derby County news

Frank Lampard named Derby County manager on three-year deal

Frank Lampard has been appointed the new manager of Derby County on a three-year contract, with former Chelsea academy coach Jody Morris as his assistant.

Liverpool agree deal to sign midfielder Fabinho from Monaco
Liverpool news

Liverpool agree deal to sign midfielder Fabinho from Monaco

Liverpool have announced a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Fabinho from Monaco.

Arsenal appoint Unai Emery as head coach to replace Arsene Wenger
Arsenal news

Arsenal appoint Unai Emery as head coach to replace Arsene Wenger

Arsenal have hired former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery to take them into a new era following Arsene Wenger's departure, with sources telling that he has signed a three-year contract.

Eden Hazard's first-half penalty hands Chelsea FA Cup win over Man United
Chelsea 1 - 0 Man United

Eden Hazard's first-half penalty hands Chelsea FA Cup win over Man United

Eden Hazard fired Chelsea to FA Cup glory against Manchester United as Antonio Conte's expected farewell ended with a memorable triumph against old foe Jose Mourinho.

Michael Carrick signs off with a win as Manchester United sink Watford
Manchester United 1 - 0 Watford

Michael Carrick signs off with a win as Manchester United sink Watford

Michael Carrick bade farewell to Old Trafford by helping set up the goal that delivered a 1-0 win for Manchester United over Watford.

Man City land 100 points as late Gabriel Jesus goal beats Southampton
Southampton 0 - 1 Man City

Man City land 100 points as late Gabriel Jesus goal beats Southampton

Champions Manchester City became the first club to amass 100 Premier League points after Gabriel Jesus scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner at Southampton.

Tottenham hit back to edge nine-goal thriller as Harry Kane nets twice
Tottenham 5 - 4 Leicester

Tottenham hit back to edge nine-goal thriller as Harry Kane nets twice

Tottenham said goodbye to Wembley in style as they came from behind to beat Leicester 5-4 in a thrilling final-day Premier League encounter.