Date: 25th March 2009 at 11:08am
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Chris Hughton has reassured fans that with players coming back from injury, and competition from places heating up, the Magpies are showing more grit, and resilience, and that there is an added level of intensity in training.

Speaking to the club’s official web site, Hughton said: ‘After the disappointment of the result at Hull it was an opportunity to freshen things up.

‘But that’s what we have at the moment – competition for places.

‘It was good to see players come back into the team and show what they can do and that was encouraging.

‘We hope that competition remains for the rest of the season because what you see is an increase in the intensity of training sessions.

‘And that then translates onto the pitch which is where it matters.’

Geordies everywhere will hope that that in fact is the case, with tough fixtures, including a visit by Chelsea, and a journey to Liverpool on the cards in the coming months.