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PREMIER LEAGUE: Newcastle fight back only to be denied by Southampton

Steve McClaren has begun life as Newcastle United boss with a 2-2 home draw against Southampton.

The Magpies fell behind at St James' Park as the Saints took the lead in the 24th minute when summer arrival Cedric Soares provided a cross for Graziano Pelle to head home.

Papiss Cisse levelled for McClaren's side just before half-time with an instinctive finish to make the score 1-1.

Newcastle gained the advantage three minutes after the restart when new signing Georginio Wijnaldum buried past Maarten Stekelenburg but striker Shane Long equalised with a fine header in the 79th minute to tie it up at 2-2.

Ronald Koeman's Southampton went closest to snatching victory with five minutes added on, as Sadio Mane twice squandered chances for the visitors.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE - 2015/16 SEASON SCORES

Newcastle United: 2 (Papiss Cisse 42', Georginio Wijnaldum 48')

Southampton: 2 (Graziano Pelle 24', Shane Long 79')

St James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne - 49,019

Report by Joe Baker


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