Hughton hails Newcastle character

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First team coach Chris Hughton praised the character of the Newcastle players after they overcame the absence of manager Joe Kinnear to triumph 3-2 at West Brom.

Kinnear was taken to hospital as a "precautionary measure" after feeling unwell at the team hotel on Saturday morning and the Magpies produced a performance to lift Kinnear's spirits with goals from Damien Duff, Peter Lovenkrands and Steven Taylor ensuring they secured three precious points.

Hughton said: "We showed great character. Offensively I thought we did very well today. Apart from the goals, we created enough chances to go further ahead in the game. You will always look at the goals you concede but overall we were the better side."

He added: "There are some pluses. I thought we had a lot of energy and the new players had a good influence on the team.

"We have a good group of lads and with Joe, they are very fond of him as a manager and appreciate the job he has done.

"They were very much aware of what happened and I am sure that was in their minds."

Baggies boss Tony Mowbray said: "We wish Joe a speedy recovery. We are all in this industry together and it can be a stressful job at times. Whether that had anything to do with it, I don't know but we hope he gets back to work as soon as he can."

Mowbray was unhappy with the quality of his side's defending with centre-backs Leon Barnett and Abdoulaye Meite particularly uncomfortable.

He said: "We shot ourselves in the foot. I don't think Newcastle came and did anything special. All three goals were gifts for them.

"In the Premier League you can't defend like that otherwise you are not going to win any football matches."

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