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Robert Snodgrass and Fabricio Coloccini

Robert Snodgrass and Fabricio Coloccini

It was a dour affair at Carrow Road as neither Norwich nor Newcastle United were able to put their chances away in a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon.

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With Magpies on a terrible run of form, and the Canaries losing four of their previous five league games after a run of 10 unbeaten, both sides could have benefited from all three points at the final whistle this afternoon.

The lack of passion, quality, and consistency on display from both sides, however, hinted all too clearly at why they've struggled so badly for form in recent weeks.

The first half was devoid of creativity, inspiration, and clear chances. Alan Pardew's men started with a slight edge of attacking intent, Gabriel Obertan forcing Mark Bunn to pluck the ball out of the air with an incisive early cross into the box.

Papiss Cisse came within an inch or two of slotting home shortly after, after a good ball across the face of goal from Jonas Gutierrez.

Obertan again tested Bunn just after the quarter of an hour mark, with a powerful, instinctive turn and shot on the edge of the box, but most of the attacking moves from both sides fell apart just outside the area through a lack of quality or indecision.

The home side came to life in the opening minutes of the second half, Bradley Johnson almost finding himself in a position to pull the trigger after a clever ball from Wes Hoolahan, but Obertan nipped just in front of the Norwich man before he could tap home.

Minutes later, Sylvain Marveaux nipped away from Johnson and slammed an effort at goal that was always rising, but still caused concern in the Canaries' defensive ranks.

Chris Hughton's men had their best chance of the game after 68 minutes, when Russell Martin took advantage of Newcastle's defensive indecision to fire a shot against the upright, with Tim Krul beaten.

Krul was again the centre of attention minutes later when he made a save from three yards out from Anthony Pilkington, but those were rare moments of activity in an otherwise quiet afternoon for the goalkeepers.

Right at the death, Grant Holt, on as a substitute, could have stolen all three points for Norwich as his header drifted across the face of goal, but neither side deserved to win what was a battle between two teams badly lacking in form and confidence.

Posted: 12/01/13 16:35

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