Norwich City ended their run of four successive Premier League defeats but had to settle for a point against struggling Newcastle from a game of few chances at Carrow Road.

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The Canaries had the better of things territorially but did not do enough to trouble Newcastle keeper Tim Krul when attack after attack foundered on a poor final ball.

In the second period, Russell Martin struck the woodwork, Krul saved from Anthony Pilkington and Pilkington was just unable to apply the finishing touch to a header by substitute Grant Holt in the dying seconds, but that was as good as it got in a contest low on quality, though if anyone was going to win, it was Norwich.

City goalkeeper Mark Bunn was a virtual spectator, apart from one first-half save from Gabriel Obertan.

It may prove a valuable point for Chris Hughton’s men but they would have preferred three with Liverpool and Tottenham next on the agenda.

Hughton fielded only four survivors from the FA Cup win at Peterborough but one of them was striker Simeon Jackson, given the task of leading the attack with Holt on the bench after missing four of the previous five matches with a hamstring injury.

Bunn returned in goal with Declan Rudd on the bench after keeping a clean sheet at London Road.

Of the seven omitted after the Canaries’ victory over Posh, five were among the substitutes but there was no place for Marc Tierney or Simon Lappin in the 18.

Newcastle, beaten in nine of their previous 11 Premier League games, welcomed back skipper Fabricio Coloccini and striker Paipss Cisse after their FA Cup exit at Brighton.

Manager Alan Pardew also gave a debut at right-back to France international Mathieu Debuchy.

Before kick-off, top scorer Robert Snodgrass was presented with the player of the month award for December, his second of the season.

Bassong blundered in the opening seconds when he allowed a long ball from Anita through, thinking it was going out, and it was fortunate that Obertan’s cross was not a better one as Bunn gathered at the near post.

Snodgrass won a free-kick for a foul by Coloccini but his dead-ball kick was easily headed away by Gutierrez.

Pilkington was giving Debuchy problems and managed to get a couple of crosses in from the left, but each time Snodgrass was beaten to the header.

Gutierrez broke on the left for United but overhit his cross, intended for Cisse.

Gutierrez should have done better on 16 minutes than shoot well wide, and Obertan put in the best effort of the match so far moments later with a snapshot that Bunn had to palm away.

City had their clearest opening yet when Hoolahan burst clear and played a one-two with Jackson but as he took the return pass in the six-yard box, he tried to get the ball on to his left foot and was swiftly foiled by Perch at the expense of a corner, from which Bassong headed tamely wide.

Hoolahan did better when he almost played Jackson in, but Krul was quickly off his line to collect.

Snodgrass did get in a downward header from a Hoolahan cross but it lacked the power to trouble Krul.

Bassong cleared a cross from Santon for a corner, but Anita put the ball straight into touch, rather summing up the half so far.

As Pilkington blazed the ball into the crowd at the Barclay end, the poor entertainment continued.

Obertan then fired into the River End crowd after Bassong played a low cross from Debuchy into his path.

Newcastle won another corner when Marveaux’s shot was deflected wide, but Bunn made a clean catch from Anita’s kick.

Mercifully, there was no added time at the end of a low-key opening period.

• Half-time: Norwich City 0, Newcastle United 0

A one-two between Hoolahan and Snodgrass almost bore fruit soon after the break, but Obertan cleared as the cross came in.

City were giving the ball away too frequently and a number of promising moves broke down as a result.

Newcastle made their first change on 57 minutes as Cabaye, out through injury for two months, returned to action in place of Obertan.

A long through-ball from Russell Martin almost brought joy for Snodgrass but as he was crowded out, the ball dropped for Pilkington, who fired wildly over the top.

Marveaux struck a long-range effort over the bar as United pushed forward but Bunn had not really been troubled since Obertan’s first-half shot.

Russell Martin raised the temperature with a cracking half-volley from outside the penalty area that struck the outside of the post after Johnson latched on to Williamson’s clearance – as close as City had come yet.

With a quarter of the match remaining, Holt entered the fray but it was still one striker for City as he replaced Jackson.

With 15 minutes left, Krul made an important stop from Pilkington after Snodgrass raced away from a touch by Holt and picked him out with a diagonal pass.

It was Snodgrass’ last contribution as he made way for Elliott Bennett with 13 minutes to go.

Coloccini volleyed over following a corner as Newcastle looked for a winner.

Debutant Debuchy earned the first yellow card of the day for chopping down Pilkington and, with six minutes left, Newcastle replaced Anita with Bigirimana.

Hoolahan earned a corner in the final minute with a shot that was deflected wide, but Elliott Bennett’s kick was a poor one.

In stoppage time, Debuchy’s foul on Pilkington gave City a free-kick wide on the left, but Pilkington’s poor kick failed to reach the danger area.

There was almost a goal in the final seconds when Holt headed back Bennett’s cross but Pilkington was just unable to get his header on target.

• Norwich City: Bunn; Russell Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Tettey, Johnson; Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett, 77), Hoolahan, Pilkington, Jackson (Holt, 68). Subs (not used): Rudd, Ryan Bennett, Barnett, Fox, Kane.

• Newcastle United: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Obertan (Cabaye, 57), Anita (Bigirimana, 84), Perch, Gutierrez; Marveaux; Cisse. Subs (not used): Harper, Tavernier, Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Ranger.

• Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

• Attendance: 26,752

• Booking: Newcastle: Debuchy (84)

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26 comments

  • I don`t really know what to make of that game, it was dull as ditchwater. As others have said, the failure to deliver accurate passes & quality crosses is a very basic deficiency. But we have done it before; are a few players just tired\stale? I like Pilks but he looks well out of sorts just now. Perhaps finding a way of accommodating the Master of the Pass (Foxy) would enable him to set a good example to the rest? Passing well could be catching. (The converse applies to some goalies). Ref. strikers; are we ever going to use Harry Kane? Seem to remember Hoots not being too impressed when we lent Butterfield to Bolton and he was not given much match time there. Said it before, say it again: Striker - surely Chris (6 goals in 3 games) Wood was worth a punt @ £1million? Leicester must be delighted and they seem Prem bound on current form (at last). A long way to go and 14 points to get..... OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • konrad54, I don't think you live in the real world. Any player that plays in the premier league should be capable of clearing the first man on corners and free kicks, we didn't and didn't get many chances as a result. In addition our players should be capable of avoiding over hit passes and under hit passes. Basics, just simply basics.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Well at least our defence is a lot more solid now, but this must go down as two points lost today. Our passing was going awry far too often and we offered little again in the final third. Yes, we are short of fire power at the moment and we need some more strength coming into this area. Good to see the Horse coming back though ! Seems we can play grat football against the top teams, but we struggle to put away the teams we should be - like Newcastle at home today. Come on City, lets start putting a run of good results together - five more wins and we are safe !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • It is interesting to read everyones comments about getting a 'decent' striker. We all need to live in the real world and realise that what the players, board and fans have accomplished over the past four years is nothing more than a miracle. Building a squad takes a very long time and alot of investment that is capable of first finishing mid take in the Prem and then move from there. We will get there but fans must be patient with the funds that are available. The club will be run financially soundly otherwise the dark days of before are just around the corner. Well done NCFC

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    Booty

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Btw; no mainstream left back on the bench. Is Tierney injured - or in the departure lounge? Lapps?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • That`s it! The clue was with Barra `Arry all the time; we need a couple of Wide Boys, as Pa says. Snods on the left, Pilks or Little Benno on the right, feed the Horse. But we only have one Horse - what if he gets injured again? This isn`t a bad squad of players, surely (fingers crossed) too good for the dreaded drop. Hoots is working on maximising what they can achieve. After that 10-game unbeaten run, everything in the garden was rosy, now we have a touch of blackspot. We`ll get there. Chevron rules OK!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Brew, we will be fine. If anyone (including Hansen) is worried about us getting sucked into relegation following our four defeats, just remeber that two of those were against Man City and Chelsea. Another game and defeat was away to West Brom, and by all accounts we should have won that one. Yes, West Ham was disappointing, but even there we were unlucky with decisions. My point is that our current performances, during this bad spell are still much better than those of the teams near the bottom. Holt is back now and we'll see if he can bully Liverpool's defence next week like he did last season.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • NOT a bad display. But we have the quality we can afford. If Hoolahan or Snodgrass had half an inkling to use their right foot we would have scored. If Pilkington had half an ounce of composure we would have scored. itf Tettey had half the passing ability of Fox we would have scored. As it was we could have been one down in the first 10 seconds or could have won it in the last 10 second if Holt had been half as acurate as he normally is. We have had some marginal results both ways this season, but it wil always be a fact we can not afford what we would llike. A new striker? - will Holt be happy on the bench? What do you sacrifice to have two up front? When a team like Newcastle come here happy for a draw you know progress is being made overall.

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • What a dreadful match, I will be so disappointed if I witness anything as bad as this this whilst watching the Norwich Sunday League tomorrow.

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    D. ROSS

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Totally agree some people on here don't live in the real world. Look at Newcastle's squad and ours and we are expecting an easy 3 points?? Go back 3 years and see how far we have come whilst making ourselves financially secure. Brilliant job to build on just like Stoke have. Keep going lads the real supporters are behind you.

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    Konrad54

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Don't panic Mr Mainwaring! We couldn't pry open a resolute Geordie defence but still got a point. The team is still a work in progress and will change considerably over the next twelve months. I prefer our position to that of QPR, VIII lla, Reading, etc etc, not to mention that os 1p5wich. Yes, a striker who scores 10goals between now and the end of the season would be simply marvellous and all Chris (Harry Potter) Hughton has to do is wave his magic wand. Who shall we have, Torres, Bent, the big Geordie with the pony tail?

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • We need more than a flaming striker, don't we? Three or four players look absolutely knackered and need a rest, a long one, the longer the better.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • That`s it! The clue was with Barra `Arry all the time; we need a couple of Wide Boys, as Pa says. Snods on the left, Pilks or Little Benno on the right, feed the Horse. But we only have one Horse - what if he gets injured again? This isn`t a bad squad of players, surely (fingers crossed) too good for the dreaded drop. Hoots is working on maximising what they can achieve. After that 10-game unbeaten run, everything in the garden was rosy, now we have a touch of blackspot. We`ll get there. Chevron rules OK!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Ok, the game was dull but we stopped the 4 game losing streak. Yes, we need a striker, with a FIT Holt we'd have won the game easily. I'm afraid Jacko just isn't good enough anyway at this level but he certainly isn't good enough when the team plays like we had a six foot striker and floats in high crosses all the time (when they got past the first defender). A bit of an off day all round but we're not doomed.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • One of the poorest games of football I have watched in a long time. Yes, we got a point but at home it should have been three. Another dreadful display from Pilkington, Johnson was ineffective - Tettey can't pass the ball more than ten yards. We can't put the ball into the box from set pieces..the quality in general play was dire. Great to see Holts back, in the short time he was on the field we look more threatening. Please CH, buy some players to shake this lot up!!!

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    kevin rymell

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • To be honest, Lobbo, their delivery was just as bad as ours from what I saw. As for Tettey, it isn't his job to play scintillating balls. He is there to break up play and keep it simple which he did well today. I don't think we should be negative about this performance as we had to get back to basics a bit and if Pilkington's quality had been as good as it was in that period before Christmas then we would have taken all the points. This game showed me that we will be ok, but probably no better (league position wise) than we are now. I would like a striker because we are short on numbers up there. Anyway, otbc.

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • I really don`t know how that triplicate occurred. Sorry, folks!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Brew, we will be fine. If anyone (including Hansen) is worried about us getting sucked into relegation following our four defeats, just remeber that two of those were against Man City and Chelsea. Another game and defeat was away to West Brom, and by all accounts we should have won that one. Yes, West Ham was disappointing, but even there we were unlucky with decisions. My point is that our current performances, during this bad spell are still much better than those of the teams near the bottom. Holt is back now and we'll see if he can bully Liverpool's defence next week like he did last season.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Well it could have been one point less shame its not two points more, its one point more than Villa got today, they're in the bottom three!

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • To Booty and Konrad, this match took place in the real world as were the matches at Spurs and Reading and the home matches against QPR and West Ham. On their performance on 80% of the pitch, Norwich should have won those games. That they didn't was due to the lack of a quality striker and possibly a lack of ambition. Yes it is remarkable what the club has achieved from the dark days of those idiots Roeder and Gunn but it has been achieved. Now survival in the premiership is a must and can only be achieved by scoring points and winning matches. Swansea can and have signed a striker so why can't Norwich?

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Of course there is no need to panic. We have ALL the men we require. Trouble is some of them are playing out of position and finding the going a bit tough...As Eric Morecambe said to Andre Previn, “I'm playing all the right notes Sunshine, but not necessarily in the right order”. Please Mr Hughton, WIDEN your attack, and put Snodgrass on the LEFT wing, and insist he puts crosses in to Holt.

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • You`ve cheered me up, Preston ;-). I think above all, what we need is for somebody to snap up a few (half) chances. It makes all the difference to momentum & confidence. And stop wasting set-pieces; we lose the chance to pressure the opposition defence far too often. It is truly weird. Now that the ever self-effacing Brendan Rogers is claiming his Liverpool team is nearly as good as MUFC (they are only 24 points behind the Fergieboys, after all) we could catch them in complacent mode, maybe? We must not show them too much respect; get in their faces. Johnno & Holty - lead the way! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • 2 more wasted points........Stop messing about Mr Hughton and Mr McNally.....WE NEED A DECENT STRIKER......AND WE NEED HIM NOW!!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • That`s it! The clue was with Barra `Arry all the time; we need a couple of Wide Boys, as Pa says. Snods on the left, Pilks or Little Benno on the right, feed the Horse. But we only have one Horse - what if he gets injured again? This isn`t a bad squad of players, surely (fingers crossed) too good for the dreaded drop. Hoots is working on maximising what they can achieve. After that 10-game unbeaten run, everything in the garden was rosy, now we have a touch of blackspot. We`ll get there. Chevron rules OK!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • ARCHANT - CAN YOU ADD A SPELL CHECK ? Well at least our defence is a lot more solid now, but this must go down as two points lost today. Our passing was going awry far too often and we offered little again in the final third. Yes, we are short of fire power at the moment and we need some more strength coming into this area. Good to see the Horse coming back though ! Seems we can play great football against the top teams, but we struggle to put away the teams we should beat - like Newcastle at home today. Come on City, lets start putting a run of good results together - five more wins and we are safe !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Perhaps Hoots could borrow Harry`s invisibility cloak and hide a spare striker on the pitch? Harry Potter, that is, not Barra `Arry - his invisibility cloak is specific to cash.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

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