Long earns Saints a point

Southampton had Shane Long to thank after the striker scored the equaliser in the Saints' 2-2 draw against Newcastle United at St James' Park on Sunday afternoon.

Newcastle 2 Southampton 2
Visitors open scoring through Pelle
Cisse grabs equaliser before half time
Wijnaldum scores on debut
Long levels matters as both defences struggle

Match Summary

Southampton made the most of their early pressure when Graziano Pelle rose above the Newcastle defence to give the visitors the lead in the 24th minute.

The Magpies hit back on the cusp of halftime as fortune smiled on the hosts and a deflected cross fell kindly to Papiss Cisse, who steered the ball home with his chest to make it 1-1 in the 42nd minute.

Three minutes after the restart, Georginio Wijnaldum rose highest to meet Gabriel Obertan's cross to head past Martin Stekelenburg to give Newcastle the lead on 48 minutes.

However, Southampton found the equaliser in the 78th minute as Tadic floated a cross in for Shane Long, who skillfully guided his header past Krul to level the scores at 2-2.

Full Report

The Saints began the game as the stronger of the two sides and fired several warning shots that Newcastle did not heed.

In the 24th minute, Southampton grabbed the lead through a fine header from Pelle. However, the Magpies defence made it too easy for the Italian striker, who was virtually unchallenged in the Newcastle penalty area.

The hosts began to dominate possession and turn it into something meaningful in the 42nd minute when Cisse was on hand to profit from a huge slice of good fortune for Newcastle.

Massadio Haidara's cross took a deflection off Saido Mane and looped over Martin Stekelenburg to find the Senegalese striker, who calmly chested the ball over the line.

Newcastle took the lead moments after halftime as Obertan sped down the right wing in the 48th minute. He whipped in a dangerous cross and debutant Wijnaldum rose highest to head home and make the score 2-1.

The thrilling encounter carried on in a similar fashion for the rest of the game as Southampton's high pressing line, along with Newcastle's defensive shortcomings meant both teams were able to create several good chances.

The Saints took advantage of Newcastle's frailties at the back as Tadic was given far too much time and on the right flank and he lofted a delicate ball in for Long, who expertly headed in the equalising goal.