Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Barclays Premier League

Norwich keeps Newcastle in danger



Newcastle United remain just two points above the Premier League relegation zone after being held to a 0-0 draw in an uneventful game at mid-table Norwich City on Saturday.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton, up against the club that sacked him in Decemver 2010, saw his side muster only two efforts at goal, with Russell Martin clipping the woodwork and Grant Holt failing to score from a late header.

Newcastle at least brought an end to a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions, but they enjoyed even less success in attacking areas, with Mark Bunn largely untroubled in the home goal.

Magpies manager Alan Pardew reportedly received a transfer request from key centre-back Fabricio Coloccini this week, but the Argentine produced a strong performance at Carrow Road.

The same could not be said of Newcastle debutant Mathieu Debuchy, in the first 10 minutes at least, as Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan gave the France international plenty to think about on the Norwich left.

However, with Holt starting on the bench, the hosts lacked a physical presence and Debuchy's early struggles did not prove costly.

Bunn only had one save to make in the first half, parrying a smart shot from Gabriel Obertan after the Frenchman was teed up by Vurnon Anita.

Norwich played with more purpose after the change of ends but Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul still had little to do.

Hughton introduced Holt from the bench and almost saw his side break the tedium through right-back Martin, whose fine volley flicked off the post.

Krul then had to save from Anthony Pilkington, with Bradley Johnson putting the rebound well over.

Newcastle mounted a rare attack with 10 minutes to play, but it culminated with Coloccini volleying wide.

Holt could have won it at the death, but he could only put his header over the bar.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Segun Odegbami
The real Afcon fireworks can begin
The boys are now being separated from the men. As a result, I have also lost my bet about who will...

John Dykes
The beginning of the end
Saturday’s Showdown at the Bridge has been described as being either the start of this season’s...

Neil Tovey
Bafana hit speed bump
I kept hearing that Bafana Bafana could win Afcon 2015. From the first whistle, I guarded against...

Emeka Enyadike
Mali, Guinea and the curse of Mongono
“We now need to respect the rules, we don’t have choice. We are going to shake before the draw, as...

Carol Radull
TIAF - This is African Football
I love big competitions because before they start everyone has something to say about how the...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The football hasn't been great thus far
It is easy for some of us who are proudly African and who were brought up on Afcon tournaments down...