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Kinnear hails Magpies fight

23 November 2008 10:43
Joe Kinnear hailed the commitment of his players after Newcastle United held league leaders Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. The interim manager celebrated being given another month in charge of the Magpies by owner Mike Ashley with a hard-fought point in the capital and afterwards Kinnear was in jubilant mood. "I make no apology for playing for a draw," he said. "In the last three days we've been planning to force Chelsea to play in front of us, which I thought we did very well. "Although Chelsea had more possession than ourselves, they didn't create a clear-cut chance really. Everything was long shots and Shay Given pulled off a world-class save. "It is probably the best team performance we've had away from home this year. "We got bodies in the way and the two centre-halves were magnificent. They got their just rewards today. "We dug in there and it feels like a win in the dressing room. "We drew with Wigan at home and that felt like a loss, but this feels like a victory."

Source: ESA