Newcastle boss vows to fight back

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Chris Hughton is confident of getting a response from his players after Newcastle's title challenge was derailed by Derby.

The Magpies lost their club-record 15-game unbeaten league run and top spot in the Championship following a comprehensive 3-0 reverse at Pride Park. Hughton admitted the manner of the defeat had hurt his players but he backed them to bounce back and achieve their ambition of promotion this season.

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"It's a very hurt changing room. The manner of the defeat has hurt them and I'm quite sure there'll be a desire to turn this around," said the Magpies manager.

Hughton added: "It's certainly a big blow. We've done something that we haven't done all season and that's concede three goals. If you do that then there's a good chance you'll lose football matches. Although, on the balance of play I didn't see it as a 3-0 deficit."

West Brom's home win over Scunthorpe saw them replace the Magpies at the summit. And on losing top spot, Hughton added: "Of course it's a blow because it's something we've had all season but that doesn't deter from the fact that the objective this season is to get promotion, whichever way we do that."

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