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City held to goalless draw at Newcastle

1 February 2020

Norwich City played out a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United at St. James' Park on Saturday.

There were chances aplenty for both sides in both halves, but spectacular performances from Tim Krul and Martin Dubravka kept the score at 0-0.

Daniel Farke named an unchanged line-up from the Canaries’ most recent Premier League outing away at Tottenham Hotpsur.

January recruits Ondrej Duda and Lukas Rupp retained their placed in the starting XI, with the fit-again Emiliano Buendia named among the substitutes.

There was a real purpose and tempo to Norwich’s early play and inside the opening five minutes Sam Byram tested the reflexes of Martin Dubravka with a bullet head from Duda’s inswinging corner.

Newcastle threatened on occasions, notably through livewire winger Allan Saint-Maximin, but it was the Canaries who continued to engineer the better goalscoring chances.

Teemu Pukki’s snap-shot from the edge of the area was superbly tipped over the bar by Dubravka, after the hosts had failed to clear a dangerous Duda delivery from the right.

But the best chance of the opening half came on the 20-minute mark.

DeAndre Yedlin scampered clear down the right flank with his back-post cross met by the head of Joelinton. Tim Krul flew left to save, with Miguel Almiron nodding the rebounds wide of a seemingly empty net.

On the half-hour Rupp sent Pukki through on goal, only for the covering Federico Fernandez to slide in and block at the vital moment.

As half time rapidly approached Norwich were once again in the ascendancy.

Duda saw a shot loop off a defender and onto the roof of the net before a Byram volley was deflected narrowly wide.

City started the second half the better side, with Kenny McLean rising to meet Duda’s corner kick at the near post only to head across the face of goal.

Newcastle were on the backfoot, but Krul had to be alert to keep a Grant Hanley clearance out of his own net.

The momentum was with the visitors and following a slick Norwich counter involving Todd Cantwell and Rupp, Pukki fired over the bar after being picked out by the German.

Emi Buendia was introduced on the hour, as attempts to unlock the Newcastle defence suddenly intensified.

Another clear-cut chance for the Canaries came on 72 minutes, when Pukki was sent clear by Duda with Dubravka alert to repel an initial attempt. Duda then slammed the loose ball into the side netted with the goalkeeper grounded.

Onel Hernandez replaced Tettey and Mario Vrancic came on for Rupp with a handful of minutes to go as City continued to hunt for a late winner.

It wasn't to be, however, with the sides being forced to settle for a solitary point.

Newcastle United: Dubravka, Clark, Lascelles (C), Joelinton, Saint-Maximin (Rose 79), Ritchie, Hayden (Longstaff 57), Fernandez, Yedlin (Lazaro 54), Almiron, Bentaleb
Unused substitutes: Darlow, Schar, Lejeune, Atsu
Booked: Yedlin 53

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Byram, Hanley (C), Zimmermann, Rupp (Vrancic 89), Cantwell (Buendia 66), Pukki, McLean, Duda, Tettey (Hernandez 86)
Unused substitutes: Fahrmann, Lewis, Trybull, Drmic
Booked: Cantwell 43

Venue: St James’ Park
Kick-off: 3pm
Half time: 0-0
Referee: Martin Atkinson

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