A second consecutive clean sheet but a fifth without finding the net at the other end left Saints defender Wesley Hoedt frustrated following his team’s goalless draw with Newcastle
The Dutchman – partnered once more with Jack Stephens at the back – oversaw a trouble-free afternoon as far as opposition pressure was concerned at St Mary’s only for the home side to struggle themselves in front of goal despite dominating the game for large periods.
“We are disappointed,” Hoedt said. “We wanted more and we wanted the three points. We need to be positive about the play that we showed because we were dominant and the better team but you have to be honest as well.
“We need to score goals; it’s five games without one for us now and that is not just the responsibility of the forwards. The whole team needs to step up from back to front.”
As the encounter drew on, there appeared to be just one likely winner particularly given the lack of threat towards Alex McCarthy’s net in the other direction. Positives were taken by Saints’ number six but the shared point was not enough.
“It’s a clean sheet for us, our second in a row and we’re being more solid but we can’t convert it into three points at the moment.
“I had the feeling during the game that we were dominating. We were sharp and alert to any danger they posed on the counter attack and didn’t give them a chance. Somewhere we need to start turning that into wins because a draw is not enough.”