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Hughton: Maradona helped Newcastle at Chelsea

Newcastle United No2 Chris Hughton says their Argie pair Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez were immense at Chelsea on Saturday.

Reflecting on the 0-0 draw, Hughton said: "In normal circumstances you are happy to see your players picked for their country, but on this occasion we were happy to see Fabricio on the bench.

"And we were just as happy when Jonas came off after about 70 minutes, so Diego Maradona did us a favour.

"In fact, by not playing Fabricio it meant he was fresh for us at Chelsea.

"I have to say I thought he was tremendous on Saturday, but so too were the rest of our players.

"Gutierrez probably created our best chance all game with that run and cross from the right in the first half."

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