Rodriguez’s equaliser earns Southampton 1-1 draw against Newcastle

Johannesburg, Dec 15: Jay Rodriguez scored his sixth goal of the season to secure a 1-1 draw for Southampton with in-form Newcastle in their Premier League clash on Saturday, according to reports.

According to Sport24, Yoann Gouffran had given Newcastle the lead in the first-half only for Rodriguez to reply in the second to leave Newcastle in sixth spot – having taken 16 points from the last 21 – and the Saints in eighth.

Play had to be held up while referee Mike Jones received attention after he was accidentally hit by Moussa Sissokho, which gave the hosts some time to gather themselves under incessant Southampton wave of attacks, the report said.

The match ended with an unseemly free for all between the two sides after the hosts reacted angrily to a Morgan Schneiderlein challenge on Massadio Haidara – Jones bringing proceedings to an end shortly afterwards, the report added. (ANI)