October 27, 2018 / 4:41 PM / 23 days ago

Soccer-Southampton and Newcastle draw a blank at St Mary's

* Newcastle’s winless start continued in 0-0 draw at Southampton

* Saints’ Lemina saw his shot hit the post after 41 minutes

* Newcastle keeper Dubravka denied Stephens just before halftime

* Southampton’s Austin had goal disallowed for a foul on Dubravka

* Saints at Manchester City next, Newcastle host Watford SOUTHAMPTON 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0

October 27 (Reuters) Newcastle United’s winless start to the Premier League season continued as they were held to a goalless draw by Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.

Rafael Benitez was desperate to see his Newcastle side secure their first victory of the season but their dismal form continued as they again struggled to find the back of the net and remain second from bottom on three points.

Saints came closest to breaking the deadlock after 41 minutes when Ryan Bertrand delivered a low cross into the box and it fell perfectly for Mario Lemina who saw his close-range shot hit the outside of the post.

The home side were close again on the stroke of halftime when Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka made a superb save to keep out a header from Jack Stephens.

Charlie Austin finally had the ball in the back of the Newcastle net midway through the second half but his effort was ruled out for an earlier foul on Dubravka.

Southampton, who are in 16th place with seven points, have failed to win at home in the top flight this season and have now gone six league games without a win. (Editing by Ken Ferris)

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