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Hiddink praises Blues display
05 Apr 2009 - 09:21:00
Chelsea head coach Guus Hiddink was content to see his side deal with a tough trip to Newcastle United and come away with a 2-0 victory.
The appointment of Alan Shearer as the Magpies' new interim boss raised the stakes at St James' Park, but the Blues dealt with the atmosphere and secured all three points thanks to goals from Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda.
Hiddink told the club's official website: "I think we have come here in special circumstances with the coming of Alan Shearer, which gave a lot of articles and talking in recent days.
"We had to confront that because it gives extra energy to a team and the crowd.
"For us it was difficult to make a good game, but we talked about playing our game and getting rid of the energy within Newcastle and the stands.
"The perfect scenario was to score in 10 or 15 minutes. Not having done that we must keep the pace and then you get the public more silent.
"We didn't manage to score, what we did was keep the pace. Not scoring means if you keep up the pace they might get fatigued and we could score, which we did.
"We are happy to get three points and in the way we played for a good part of the game.
"Now we regret even more we lost points against Spurs, but nevertheless until it's over we keep on fighting and we try to put the pressure on.
"We have to keep on winning with home games now and keep the pressure on."