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McClaren era at Newcastle starts with 2-2 draw against Southampton in Premier League

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NEWCASTLE, England — Southampton substitute Shane Long headed a late equalizer to earn a 2-2 draw at Newcastle on Sunday and deny Steve McClaren a winning Premier League start in charge of the home side.

Goals from Papiss Cisse and new signing Gini Wijnaldum put Newcastle in command after Graziano Pelle's 24th-minute opener for the visitors at St James' Park.

PHOTO: Southampton's Shane Long, right, scores his goal past Newcastle United's Daryl Jannmaat, center, during their English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Southampton's Shane Long, right, scores his goal past Newcastle United's Daryl Jannmaat, center, during their English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

But Long, a 65th-minute replacement, rose to power home a cross from the Dusan Tadic with 11 minutes to go to secure a point.

It could have been even worse for McClaren, who watched Southampton striker Sadio Mane miss two glorious chances to win it in the closing seconds.

First Mane had a shot blocked by Jack Colback and then saw another effort drift just wide of the beaten Tim Krul's right-hand post.

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