Southampton 2, Newcastle United 2: Mauricio Pellegrino takes blame as Saints forced to come from behind twice

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Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice for Southampton (Source: Getty)

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino shouldered the blame after the Saints were twice forced to come from behind to salvage a point from their showdown with Newcastle yesterday.

Striker Manolo Gabbiadini scored both of Southampton’s goals, the second a thumping penalty, after former Arsenal midfielder Isaac Hayden and then Ayoze Perez had fired Newcastle into the ascendency.

“It was a chaotic game and after we equalise we concede too quickly,” said Pellegrino. “I think the anxiety to try to score the second sometimes you lose control.

“Maybe that’s my responsibility because I tell my players we have to play more direct in the second half to create close to the box.”

Hayden’s 25-yard first-half effort was cancelled out by Gabbiadini’s solo goal shortly after the restart, only for Perez to restore Newcastle’s lead. Gabbiadini, however, had the final word.

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