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Posted on 21 December 2008  - 12:00

Joe Kinnear was delighted to see the late luck turn in his favour as his Newcastle side hit us with a last-minute winner on Sunday.

Opposition view

Joe Kinnear was delighted to see the late luck turn in his favour as his Newcastle side hit us with a last-minute winner on Sunday.

Damien Duff came off the bench to grab the goal and secure Newcastle three valuable points at St James' Park.

The goal came somewhat against the run of play as we'd enjoyed long spells of possession but that mattered little to Kinnear after seeing his side concede injury time goals to turn winning positions into 2-2 draws against both Wigan and Stoke in their previous home matches.

Earlier, Luka Modric beat the offside trap to level Charles N'zogbia's opening goal.

"It was nice for one to go our way," smiled Kinnear. "Confidence was high after a great result (at Portsmouth) last week, I was confident we could win this game and thankfully we did.

"I thought we were the better side prior to Tottenham scoring but that goal really knocked us back. We had four defenders with their hands up for Pavlyuchenko but he waltzes out and the other one (Modric) waltzes in and scores.

"Tottenham are a decent side with some great players and they played some decent football but we stuck in there and that's the thing about us, we believe in ourselves."