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Norwich 0-0 Newcastle: Bore draw stops the rot for Pardew and Hughton

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Norwich 0-0 Newcastle: Bore draw stops the rot for Pardew and Hughton
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Norwich 0-0 Newcastle: Bore draw stops the rot for Pardew and Hughton

Norwich City and Newcastle United ended their respective Premier League losing streaks after playing out a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The hosts began slowly, but they soon had control of the match and should have taken the lead through Wes Hoolahan, while Gabriel Obertan forced Mark Bunn into a good save.

A similar pattern emerged after the break, but this time Newcastle created even less in attack and needed Tim Krul and the post to prevent goals from Antony Pilkington and Russell Martin, respectively.

The visitors created the match’s first chance in the opening 10 seconds as Vurnon Anita smashed the ball into the Norwich area from his own half and Bassong made the bizarre decision to leave it, allowing Gabriel Obertan the chance to cross from a great position in the hosts’ area, but his effort was awful and Mark Bunn collected.

Despite having the better of the first half, Norwich seemed to have too many creators and not enough finishers. Soon a counterattack gave the side its best opportunity as Hoolahan surged forward before playing in Jackson to his right, receiving it back and shaping to shoot, but back came James Perch to poke the ball behind.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first period, and Norwich continued to look considerably more dangerous in attack, but still could not capitalize.

Soon, however, Snodgrass gambled on a long ball from Russell Martin and tried to spin around Coloccini, but the Argentine got a toe in, poking the ball back to Pilkington who fired his shot hopelessly over.

Martin soon had an effort of his own to shout about as he brought the ball under control about 30-yards out after a bizarre period of play that resembled head tennis, and then lashed a half-volley against Krul’s post with the goalkeeper flapping for his life.

It was not long before Krul was forced into action again. Snodgrass cut in from the right and picked out Pilkington on the left, who in turn beat Debuchy with an excellent turn before shooting, but there was Krul to make the save and the visitors were able to hang on to save a point.

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