Chris Hughton saluted Newcastle's never-say-die spirit after seeing them snatch a dramatic 2-2 draw at rivals Middlesbrough.

Barry Robson's strike and Scott McDonald's first Middlesbrough goal cancelled out Peter Lovenkrands opener and looked to have handed the hosts all three points until Andy Carroll stabbed home eight minutes from time.

"What we have always had this season is we are never out of a game," said Hughton. I can think of games where we have lost - at Blackpool, where we were very much still in the game towards the end; Scunthorpe was a game we lost that we were still very much in at the end and had the better chances."

He added: "That's one thing we have in this group of lads, a real desire not to give up, and you just hope among all that, you have a bit of fortune in front of goal."

Hughton added: "What you saw in Andy (Carroll) was a player who is in good goalscoring form. By our admission and his own, it wasn't one of his better games and the chance he had was very much a half-chance.

"But this is a lad who is in good goalscoring form and when you are in that type of form, they are the type of goals you score."

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