Southampton and Newcastle served up a Sunday feast of fantastic football this afternoon with the two sides sharing a point after a 2-2 draw at St. Mary’s.
The Saints and the Magpies went toe-to-toe across the 90 minutes with Newcastle twice taking the lead thanks to Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez, before being pegged back each time by Manolo Gabbiadini.
Rafa Benitez’s men may feel like they could have won the game, but it’s a testament to how far the side have come this season that they could feel a little disappointed with an away draw.
Plenty of fans are viewing it as a point gained, thrilled by a battling team performance that typifies the mentality Benitez has brought to the club since arriving.
With relegation a worry at the start of the season, it’s rapidly looking like their return to the English Premier League will be a successful one, albeit with plenty of work left to do.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the day’s action…
Could have won but good, away point in the end
Lejeune outstanding bar the pen.
Well organised, hard working.
Things are going well. #nufc
— Liam (@Liam_Reay83) October 15, 2017
Rafa is simply superb. Most together team and squad we have had in many years #nufc
— Ali Nash (@nashy1977) October 15, 2017
— Benjamin Allen (@MrBenjaminAllen) October 15, 2017
Good result, Rafa has changed the whole mentality around the club #NUFC
— Jonny (@j_wilson1988) October 15, 2017
We’re going to be just fine.
29 points to go.
Keep fighting like we are #NUFC
— Jonny Martin (@JonnyMartin1) October 15, 2017
To be fair I'm just happy with we not being as embarassing as we were under Pardew, Carver & McClaren. Would have lost that 4-1 #nufc
— Kev (@KetsbaiaMyLord) October 15, 2017
— Skeems (@Skeems1) October 15, 2017
#NUFC Good result. Should have been a win but happy with a point and happier with the effort and organisation of the team. Bodes well.
— Ray Cunningham (@RayC1945) October 15, 2017
Great point – should have won it. Got lucky with Yedlin…so happy to settle for something! #nufc
— Josh Bone (@SPFC_2014) October 15, 2017