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Kinnear wants to remain as Newcastle boss

Joe Kinnear confirmed he is hoping to keep the Newcastle manager's job long term after the Magpies battled to a 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Monday night.

The game began in inauspicious fashion for the hosts when Habib Beye was sent off for a foul on Robinho - although he appeared to get the ball - and the Brazilian tucked away the penalty.

But Shola Ameobi equalised and a Richard Dunne own goal put Newcastle on course for an unlikely win before Stephen Ireland salvaged a late equaliser.

Kinnear initially said he would only stay at the club until new owners were brought it, but he now has a taste for life at St James' Park.

He told Setanta Sports: ''It's up to the people that come and buy it but of course I do (want to stay).

''I'd like to hang onto it for as long as possible. It's probably the best club I've worked at and I want to make the most of it.''

Kinnear had nothing but praise for his players after they matched big-spending City for long spells despite being a man short.

''It was a fantastic performance from 10 men,'' Kinnear continued. ''I couldn't ask for more. We were totally committed, played some decent football and created more of the clear-cut chances.

''I thought we'd just about hold on but there were a lot of tired legs. The good thing was we didn't get beaten and we've come out of it with a lot of credit and a point.''

Kinnear is hoping Beye's red card will be over-turned, although he was not too critical of referee Rob Styles.

''I'd question the referee's position,'' Kinnear told Setanta Sports. ''There's two players in front of him so I don't know how he can make the decision so quickly. ''He has said he is going to take a look at the video and make a decision. If he looks at that and is good enough to put his hand up (and rescind the card) that will be good for us.''

Midfielder Nicky Butt echoed Kinnear's comments about Newcastle's performance and praised Ameobi, who scored his first Premier League goal for two years following a series of injuries.

''Shola was brilliant, he did really well,'' said Butt. ''He's only trained for a couple of days but he worked very hard and got the goal he deserved.

''We battled really well. We stuck at it, it was a good team performance and we're disappointed not to get the win. They've got a lot of quality going forward, and all the lads were out on their feet at the end. Hopefully that'll show a few of our fans what we're made of.''

Kinnear is hoping the result will give his players a lift ahead of Saturday's Wear-Tyne derby.

''Every player wore their heart on their shirt tonight,'' he added. ''The dressing room's on fire. Hopefully it will give us confidence for the match against Sunderland.''

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes felt his side should have come away with three points - and claimed they would have had a better chance if Beye had stayed on the pitch.

He told Setanta Sports: ''I'm disappointed. It was a game we were in complete control of, certainly in the opening period I thought we were excellent.

''We got the goal from the penalty and the sending-off in the end was probably a hindrance because we didn't take advantage and the crowd got behind them.

''In the second half we didn't take hold of the game the way we should have and in the end we were grateful for a point. When it was even-stevens player-wise, I felt we opened them up a lot easier than we did later on.''

Hughes also praised Newcastle for their fighting spirit.

''They worked extremely hard and they'll be pleased with a point,'' he added. ''I expected a reaction, they're fighting for their lives. The crowd here demands they work really hard and they certainly did that.''


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