Rafael Benitez insisted Newcastle’s goalless draw at Southampton was a point gained despite their winless start to the season. Benitez’s side continue to set unwanted club records for their poorest start to a campaign, now stretching to 10 games without a win and they never looked likely to break their duck on the south coast.
But they were able to pick up a third point of the season – and actually climb off the foot of the table – thanks to some dogged defending and wayward finishing from a Southampton team who are almost as poor.
“We have to consider where we are and where Southampton are,” said Benitez, who retains the support of the travelling Toon fans who sung his name while once again going through their repertoire of unpleasantries towards owner Mike Ashley.
“They were pushing hard in the second half and we had to defend and I have to take the positives; a point and a clean sheet away.
“In terms of work rate and team spirit can’t complain about that. We have to be a little bit better on the ball but both teams were anxious.
“It’s important for us to have the fans behind us. The fans realise it’s a difficult situation and they got behind the team.”