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Summary

  1. Benitez's first Newcastle home game ends in draw
  2. Both sides remain in bottom three
  3. Southampton beat Liverpool 3-2
  4. Saints come from 2-0 down to win

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By Alistair Magowan

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Right, that's it from me. Don't forget you can stay in touch with all the day's remaining Premier League action right here. 

Tottenham currently lead Bournemouth 2-0, that man Harry Kane with a double already. 

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford has added to his hero status by giving Manchester United the lead over Manchester City in the Premier League's second derby of the day. 

What a day! See you soon and safe journey home if you've been at the game today. 

'I never doubted us'

Southampton 3-2 Liverpool

Two goal hero Saido Mane: "It was a great game for the team, 2-0 down it was not easy for us, we always believed, we had to push and keep going and we got the rewards.

"After the penalty miss I never doubted it."

Sadio, come here son!

Southampton 3-2 Liverpool

Ronald Koeman
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Speaking of celebrating wildly, it sounds like the Southampton boss Ronald Koeman gave his injured Achilles a good work-out after his team's winner. 

Saints boss Ronald Koeman: "It was the first time I have celebrated like that and run. I had my Achilles operation so I was not sure about it. I was so happy for the players it was a must win game, the same as last week we are still fighting for a European place, that is what we want. I wanted to celebrate with them I was so proud of my players."

'I wanna stay on boss'

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez: "Aleksandar is fine, he wanted to be on the pitch but he lost his conciousness a little bit. We have to play better and give him more good balls and crossed and he will score more. The positive thing was the reaction but we need to improve to get more confidence for our remaining games."       

Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Have some of that

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Quite an afternoon for Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored, celebrated with a fan and then got knocked out before remonstrating with his manager that he wanted to stay on the pitch. It's a tale that will be talked about over a pint tonight.     

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'I think we can stay up'

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez: "Maybe they thought they could win, they were very strong in the first half, In the second half we were much better, so a draw maybe is fair enough. The players fought 'til the end and the fans were behind us in a difficult situation. We have to do this from the first minute to the last to get more points. 

"I think we can stay up. We have to keep working, I believe they can play better and from what I have seen today in the second half, they can do well."

Keeping it positive

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez: "The positive thing for me is we have eight games to play and the reaction today from the players was positive. To win would have been perfect but when you are losing in the first half and keep the same gap, it's positive. The main thing was that the fans supported us today and we want that in every single game."

All smiles for Rafa and Ronald?

Right that's it from the relative losers from today's 13:30 GMT games, here's some thoughts from the relative winners. Mr Benitez and Koeman to come.

'I don't know about top four'

Southampton 3-2 Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on Sky Sports: "We have played 20 more games, how can I blame my players? They were not in the same shape in the second half and we had to finish the game.

"We have had wonderful moments this season and today it was Southampton's moments.

"I do not know about the top four, we are not closer than we were before. There are nine games left, that is 27 points, it is possible, I don't know."

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'I don't want to be paranoid'

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce on Sky Sports: "The foul throw [by DeAndre Yedlin before the equaliser] is in their half and they have to go a long way to score. It's disappointing when you're in the lead going into the last few minutes of the game and not being able to protect that lead. I don't want to get paranoid about it, we are what we are, so next time we need to score two goals."

'We need four wins from eight'

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce on Sky Sports: "It's like Southampton all over again. For me, if we don't start getting these clean sheets it's going to be a massive problem. We are a team that has to score twice to win. Sadly we didn't get the second goal and we conceded late on again. We had the chances to put the game to bed, but missed them. 

"Second half, I don't know why we sat in and let Newcastle come at us. Maybe that was the size of the game, but in the end we haven't done that and it's two points dropped. We should have won this one. We need four wins from the last eight, so it's now must-win rather than draw."

How did that happen?

I'm not sure who is more disappointed, Sam Allardyce or Jurgen Klopp? Big Sam is rubbing his hand over his face in frustration while Klopp looks like he's ready to punch a hole in the wall. 

Stay here for their words of wisdom. 

'I'm sure we will be fine'

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland goalscorer Jermain Defoe: "We should have got all three points, we controlled the game in the first half so we are disappointed. We were solid and it's one mistake and you have to concentrate until the last minute. These are the games you want to play in. Time is running out but I'm sure we will be fine." 

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum: "We have come back in other games, but I'm still not happy because we wanted to win. The first half was a disappointment, because we conceded and didn't make the chances we had."

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Southampton 3-2 Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "The first half we played brilliant football, we have to close the game out, you have to accept the second-half they controlled the game.

"They scored three goals, we didn't, that is how football is."

Throwing it all away

Southampton 3-2 Liverpool

If Sunderland fans feels sick, spare a thought for Liverpool's. Their team was 2-0 up and managed to lose 3-2 against Southampton. The Saints march onto seventh in the table, but what now for Liverpool after beating Manchester United in midweek? 

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Nico Lennon: Not win we hoped for but potentially a massive point especially psychological boost of stopping the rot & Mitrovic on scoresheet.

Chelsea Levi: Newcastle will go down but Benitez is a top manager and those players should give him the respect he deserves. 

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Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Pat Nevin

Former Chelsea winger for 5 live Sport

"Newcastle didn't play brilliantly, but there was enough spirit to think they had a chance.

"They kept going for 90 minutes and they wore and wore Sunderland down without creating many chances.

"The one piece of quality was from Georginio Wijnaldum who had been anonymous for large parts of the game and well done to Aleksandar Mitrovic. He kept alive as he had no part in the game and was dominated by the defence, but he put himself in the right place and scored that goal."

As you were

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

So Newcastle have ended a run of six defeats to their Wearside rivals but they still sit a point behind Sunderland, with both sides still in the relegation zone. 

Over me 'ead son!

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

To be fair, I didn't really do Aleksandar Mitorvic's celebration justice as he vaulted an oncoming fan. Here it is in all its glory. 

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FULL-TIME

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Dazed and confused but Aleksandar Mitrovic has done his job. Big Sam and Rafa shake hands and Sunderland are now 18 games without a clean sheet. That's two games in succession where they have thrown away leads late on. Gutting. 

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FULL-TIME

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Aleksandar Mitrovic looks dazed on the bench, and that's the final whistle. 

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Where has this game been lurking? It's almost all over as Vito Mannone gathers another cross. He's played well today. 

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Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

The Newcastle staff are holding Aleksandar Mitrovic back, he wants back on. But he can't. Newcastle down to 10 men as Sunderland attack. The ball is almost pounced on by Fabio Borini after a mistake in the Newcastle defence. This game has come to life, at last.

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Vurnon Anita now dishes up a lovely cross from the right, Aleksandar Mitrovic leaps once more and with a clash of heads, he looks in trouble. Then there's a altercation on the touchline. Was it Sam and Rafa having words? Thankfully, Mitrovic is ok but he's going off. He doesn't want to, though. 

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Moussa Sissoko on the charge, tackled by Lee Cattermole. Aleksandar Mitrovic then goes for the ball and barges DeAndre Yedlin out of play. Free-kick with Vito Mannone booked for time wasting. Carnage. Four minutes of stoppage time. 

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Amidst all that Patrick Van Aanholt went down with cramp and was helped by opposite number Vurnon Anita. In the circumstances, that is very sporting. 

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Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Pat Nevin

Former Chelsea winger for 5 live Sport

"It wasn't about Aleksandar Mitrovic, it was about that man Georginio Wijnaldum. He has made no impact so far but he gets the ball on the right, it is a great dribble to get to the byline and it is an old fashioned cross to stand the ball up. Game on."

Never, never

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

As my colleague Guy Mowbray mentions in commentary, that goal came from a foul throw by DeAndre Yedlin. Professionals should be fined for that sort of behaviour. 

SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Newcastle can sniff a winner. Jonjo Shelvey takes aim but his shot is poor. The home fans are, all of a sudden, transformed. Oh yeah and Lee Cattermole is on now. 

GOAL Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Great header and amazing celebration. Georginio Wijnaldum chips to the back post where Aleksandar Mitrovic leaps like a salmon and powers a header in at the back post towards the opposite corner. He then takes his shirt off and almost takes the head off a supporter who joins in. Brilliant.

Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

There's a bit of rammy as Papiss Cisse pokes a leg out to try and divert the ball forward following Moussa Sissoko's cross. Vito Mannone is not happy as he gets caught and seems to lash out at the Newcastle forward. Strange, but fairly harmless. 

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

In terms of head to head games, Rafael Benitez has seven wins to Sam Allardyce's three. Aleksandar Mitrovic claims he is being held by Lamine Kone in the penalty area, but referee Martin Atkinson is not interested. 

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

NUFC commentator Mick Lowes: "It's like everything is in slow motion. When Newcastle get up to the edge of the area, they don't seem to want to shoot or pass." 

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Half-chance for Yann M'Vila as Jermain Defoe scoops the ball to him at the back post but the Sunderland midfielder lets it bounce and the chance is gone. He wins a corner, though, which is cleared. 

Sam Allardyce
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Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Papiss Cisse almost on the end of Ayoze Perez's cross with his first touch, but it's just a bit high for the Senegalese forward. 

SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Final throw of the dice as Andros Townsend comes off for Papiss Cisse. He hasn't featured since December. 

SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Another change for Sunderland. Dame N'Doye replaces Wahbi Khazri. 

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Our friends at Opta remind us that Sunderland have not kept a clean sheet in their last 17 games in all competitions. Jonjo Shelvey attempts to extend that stat, but his shot is fairly easy to save. 

SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez has flitted in and out of this game. Now he finds the ball about 30 yards out, conjures some space and then fires well over. John O'Shea is on for Sunderland skipper Younes Kaboul. Calf problem apparently.