Benitez: I wanted a little bit more, we worked so hard

Date published: Sunday 15th October 2017 6:33

Rafael Benitez insists that he wanted more from his Newcastle side as they were twice pegged back by Southampton in a 2-2 draw.

Manolo Gabbiadini’s double rescued the Saints as his side twice came from behind to salvage a point.

Saints looked to be staring down the barrel of a third straight league defeat when Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez put Newcastle ahead in each half at St Mary’s Stadium.

But both times Gabbiadini hit back, his second goal coming from the penalty spot after Newcastle’s Florian Lejeune had brought down Shane Long.

“I have to be happy because we have drawn, at the same disappointed because we could have won,” Benitez admitted.

“We created chances to score goals, in the end I thought it was a good performance from the team. My bigger disappointment was to see 3,500 on Sunday, playing away, not getting the three points. Hopefully they can be happy with the point.

“We were more or less in control, they had to take more risks, when we conceded the goal the reaction was good.

“We have to be better in defence, have a little bit more possession. We were still trying to score, we finished strong.

“I wanted a little bit more, we worked so hard.”

“At least we get a point and the team showed we finished with ambition,” Benitez told Sky Sports.

“We gave them the chance to score with the penalty. We did well, but still conceded two goals, so something was wrong.

“We have to work hard, keep improving. We can be better and we have to be better, and hopefully we will be better. We have to defend better, attack better and keep the ball better.”

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