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Belief always there - Azza

Aaron Lennon insisted the players always believed they'd get back into the game as the minutes ticked away at Newcastle.

Aaron Lennon insisted the players always believed they’d get back into the game as the minutes ticked away at Newcastle.

The winger finally struck in the first of four minutes of added time to secure a 1-1 draw and a valuable point at St James Park.

Fabricio Coloccini fired the home side into the lead in the 59th minute and Carlo Cudicini was forced into two fine saves to keep the score at 1-0.

Harry Redknapp went for broke with 20 minutes left, bringing on Peter Crouch for Jermaine Jenas, moving Rafa van der Vaart into central midfield and switching to a 3-5-2 system.

The change of system saw ‘Azza’ move from the right to the left and he delivered when it mattered late on, cutting inside full-back Danny Simpson and shooting low into the corner.


“We always believed we could get back into it and you see right at the end, we were still going forward and creating chances, we even got in good positions after the goal,” said Aaron.

“We always believe we can score with the players we've got, the individuals here.

“It was a hard game. I thought we played well, especially in the first half and we just needed a goal, but Newcastle scored first and made it difficult for us.

“We kept patient, kept playing how we always do and thankfully we got the goal at the end.

“It was a deserved point, definitely, and the feeling was better as it was so late in the game.”