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Enrique hails Newcastle character after Chelsea draw

Jose Enrique and Salomon Kalou
Enrique (right) helped the Magpies to a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at St James' Park

Newcastle United defender Jose Enrique has praised his side's character in holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in Sunday's encounter at St James' Park.

Andy Carroll put the Magpies ahead in the first half and although Salomon Kalou equalised just before the break, they held out for a welcome point.

"Everyone was sad because they scored in the last minute of the first half," Enrique told BBC Newcastle.

"But in the second-half we had a good reaction and we played well."

Enrique added: "They have a better team than us, and better players, so we knew the second half was going to be difficult for us and we'd have to defend more.

"We defended well, we knew we'd have to drop off against them and we did that well."

The draw with Chelsea earned the Magpies just their ninth point from an available 24 on home soil, a record in stark contrast to a season-long unbeaten run at St James' Park in the Championship last term.

"I don't know what has happened this year, but last year we didn't lose any games at St James' Park," Enrique said.

"We have to be stronger here, normally when you play away it is more difficult to win but for us it seems to be the reverse.

"We have to start today and this draw, and when Liverpool come here next, we have to get something."

Enrique joined Newcastle for £6.3m from Villareal in 2007 and is two games shy of his 100th league appearance for the club.



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