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Newcastle's lead cut at top of Championship

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton saw his side draw 0-0 at home to Derby and see their lead over second placed West Brom reduced to six points. Hughton said: "It's probably testament to where we are at this moment that we have a very disappointed and frustrated changing room in there.

"But the reality is the performance was a good performance and a performance that on most occasions will win us the game.

"It's another clean sheet and of course, it's a game we haven't lost at St James', so there are a lot of positives and certainly more positives at the moment than there are negatives.

"It's about both ends. We have managed to keep another clean sheet, which is again very pleasing, but of course, we didn't put one of our good chances away - and we did have good chances."

Rams boss Nigel Clough was delighted with the result and his side's performance, although mystified by the boos which greeted inspirational skipper Robbie Savage.

He said: "For some reason - I don't understand it - he gets booed at every single ground we come to. I have never quite figured that out.

"I can understand that at ex-clubs - and he's had a few of them - but I can't understand sometimes this reputation that goes before him.

"I don't quite get it because I think football supporters should recognise sometimes what an honest and wholehearted player he is."

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