Ledley King praised the contribution of Anthony Gardner after the defensive duo kept Alan Shearer and Newcastle at bay on Sunday.
The central pair stood up well to the physical challenge presented by both Shearer and Shola Ameobi as we ran out 1-0 winners.
"They are big, physical and they are always going to be a handful to play against but I thought we dealt with them well," said Ledley.
"Anthony came in and did terrific and it was a great team performance. He stood up, was strong and that's what you want. He's got everything as a centre-half, can play and it was nice to play with him. He did very well.
"It was a good term performance. We got the ball down in spells, didn't play the football we've been playing this season but it wasa great performance and we needed the three points."