Kinnear offers no apology for Newcastle tactics

Joe Kinnear said yesterday's 0-0 draw at Chelsea was Newcastle's best performance since he took charge. He said: "Scolari congratulated me which was very kind of him.

Joe Kinnear said yesterday's 0-0 draw at Chelsea was Newcastle's best performance since he took charge.

He said: "Scolari congratulated me which was very kind of him.

"I make no apology for playing for a draw. 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. Even though we drew 2-2 at Everton, I would say this is the best performance.

"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."

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