The Newcastle United star winger has had his say on the club’s poor start to the season which has left manager Steve Bruce under the cosh
Allan Saint-Maximin has ordered Newcastle to stop the blame game and be “smarter”.
The winger thought he’d netted a 90 th minute winner against Southampton, only for James Ward-Prowse to convert a 96 th minute penalty, leaving the Toon players devastated.
Boss Steve Bruce is under early pressure after a section of fans chanted: “We want Brucey out…” during the game when the scorer were level, but there is no chance of him being axed by owner Mike Ashley.
Saint-Maximin said: “When everything goes against you you have to be more smart. Every player knows that. Stay together.
“It is really difficult but this can happen to everyone. We have to blame no one.
“I am very disappointed. I don’t care about my goal, it is more important that the team wins. I feel after being 2-1, at the last minute, that we would win the match but we conceded a penalty again.
“I know it is difficult to be a defender. We have to stay together to get a win against Manchester.
“I would prefer this happens now and not in the last three games when it would be difficult for us.
“We have to keep going. If we stay with heads down nothing is going to change. We have to stay together. I am sure things are going to change.
“Second half we were much better. We were thinking about winning. We did everything more than Southampton.
“Football means you can concede in the last minute, penalty, red cards. Everything can still happen. For the next game we have to be more concentrated.
“We know in the Premier League you have to win. But it’s better to draw than lose. We take that positives even though that’s really hard.”
Southampton goal scorer Mohamed Elyounoussi netted his fourth goal of the week and admitted the drama at Newcastle almost made him weep.
And the Norway international says his team noticed they’d turned the 44,000 St James’ Park crowd “against” their team.
He is proving himself a big asset after returning to the South Coast after two seasons on loan at Celtic.
The 27-year-old netted a hat-trick against Newport and one against the Toon and said: “It has been a decent week for me personally. It has been a tough couple of years.
“I was written off and wanted to come back to Southampton and show my better side. I came back full of confidence and I appreciate the manager’s trust in me.
“I am personally over the moon. I am happy and will keep working hard. I want to show why the club bought me.
“It was a crazy game. It went crazy in the second half, both teams were open, and it went back and forth. We showed character to come back and got a deserved point.
“I went down on the floor almost crying! I thought the game was gone. Stoppage time. When we got the penalty I knew Prowsey would put it in.
“We showed togetherness and strong spirit in the team. We got the crowd against them, you could hear that.”