Newcastle held 1-1 by Southampton

Jay Rodriguez grabbed Southampton’s equalizer in a 1-1 draw at

Newcastle on Saturday in a Premier League match that saw the

referee accidentally knocked to the ground by a player and a member

of each team’s coaching staff sent off after a touchline

scuffle.

Yoan Gouffran gave the home side a 27th-minute lead and fellow

Frenchman Loic Remy passed up two great chances for Newcastle

before Rodriguez pounced in the 65th, seconds after Steven Davis

hit the post.

Referee Mike Jones required treatment for a bloody nose after

being floored by the flailing arm of Newcastle midfielder Moussa

Sissoko.

”The ref has got a bloody nose, he is trying to patch himself

up for the Christmas party,” Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said,

jokingly.

”But he took it in good heart, really, I have to say.”

And late in the game, the goalkeeping coach from each of the

teams – Southampton’s Toni Jimenez and Newcastle’s Andy Woodman –

were sent to the stands after members of the two benches clashed

following Morgan Schneiderlin’s foul on Newcastle left back

Massadio Haidara.

”It’s not good for football,” Southampton manager Mauricio

Pochettino said. ”From our point of view, we are going to try our

best not to let it happen again because it’s not good for anyone

and not good for the sport.

”I think it is avoidable but also in a high-intensity game such

as that, any little spark can lead to something else and I think

that’s what happened.”

The draw lifted Newcastle provisionally to sixth place, three

points ahead of eighth-place Southampton.