Hughton's Battling 10 Show Resilience!

Last updated : 23 February 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor
Chris Hughton: "I am very happy and delighted for this group of lads.

"We knew it was going to be tough to start with against a very good Everton side, although they were missing a couple of players.

"But having gone down to 10 men so early, the resilience and the character we showed, this group of lads deserved what they got."

Everton boss David Moyes: "We should have been a couple of goals up, but we weren't.

"When you get opportunities in this league, you have to take them, just like Newcastle, who had a really good one as well and they didn't take theirs.

"But in the end, we were just too patched up to get any real rhythm or flow to our game."

NEWCASTLE: Harper, Steven Taylor, Bassong, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Ryan Taylor, Butt, Nolan, Duff (Gutierrez 46), Ameobi (Martins 58), Lovenkrands (Smith 77).

Subs Not Used: Krul, Cacapa, Geremi, Viduka.

EVERTON: Howard, Jagielka, Yobo, Lescott, Baines, Gosling (Saha 74), Neville, Arteta (Castillo 7), Rodwell, Anichebe (Fellaini 45), Jo.

Subs Not Used: Nash, Van der Meyde, Jacobsen, Wallace.

Att: 47,683

Ten-man Newcastle gave manager Joe Kinnear another tonic as they scrapped to a precious point against European contenders Everton.

Kinnear left hospital on Saturday after undergoing a triple heart bypass, hoping a second successive Barclays Premier League victory would aid his recovery.

His hopes were dealt a serious blow when midfielder Kevin Nolan was sent off for a dreadful 43rd-minute challenge on Victor Anichebe, but he will have been delighted by the spirit his team showed to battle to a point.

Two first-half saves from goalkeeper Steve Harper ensured a first clean sheet in nine league games, and Peter Lovenkrands and substitute Jonas Gutierrez might even have snatched victory in a full-blooded contest.