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Saturday 12 January 2013 | Carrow Road | Referee: Anthony Taylor | Attendance 26,752

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Neither Norwich City nor Newcastle United could find a breakthrough as the two sides played out a goalless draw at Carrow Road.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton had a chance to get one over on the club that sacked him in December 2010 but his side only had two serious attempts on goal - a Russell Martin shot that clipped the post and a late header from captain Grant Holt.

With the unfit Holt consigned to the substitutes' bench for most of the match, Norwich lacked a clinical edge up front.

Newcastle, who had lost their previous four games, were little more effective. Papiss Cisse worked hard up front but he failed to test Mark Bunn in the Norwich goal.

The only positive for Magpies manager Alan Pardew was that Fabricio Coloccini performed well at the back despite the fact that this week he asked to leave the club.

Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan gave Magpies debutant Mathieu Debuchy a torrid first 10 minutes in English football, beating the Frenchman several times, but without the physical presence of Holt in the box, Coloccini and Mike Williamson dealt with their crosses easily.

Jonas Gutierrez brushed aside three Norwich players as he charged towards goal but could not find Cisse with his cross.

Bunn was only tested once in the first half when Vurnon Anita laid the ball off to Gabriel Obertan and he fired a sharp volley which the Norwich stopper punched away.

Simeon Jackson, starting up front on his own for Norwich in Holt's absence, blazed high and wide while Robert Snodgrass' weak header dribbled in to Tim Krul's hands.

Norwich then broke through Wes Hoolahan, who found space in the box after playing a clever one-two with Jackson, but James Perch raced back to steal the ball off the Irishman just before he pulled the trigger.

The hosts came out with much more purpose after the break but still Krul had little to do. Obertan put in a crucial block to deny Bradley Johnson and Snodgrass threatened with a mazy run but Coloccini came to the rescue.

Holt and Yohan Cabaye came on as both managers tried to inject life into their respective sides.

The Canaries then almost took the lead from the most unlikely source - right-back Martin - who fired a brilliant volley that clipped the outside of the post, and the home side went close again moments later when Snodgrass played in Pilkington only for Krul tp come out to block the winger's shot and look on as Johnson skied the rebound.

Coloccini flashed a well-timed volley wide with 10 minutes left in a rare Toon attack, before Norwich attempted to grab a last-gasp winner and just fell short of doing so in injury time when Holt got on the end of a cross but he could only glance over.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton: "There was a lack of confidence in our offensive play, possibly. We had plenty of three on two situations but we couldn't find the final ball. Our crosses were poor and that was very frustrating."

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew: "[Fabricio Coloccini] was excellent today. Of the four centre-halves on the pitch he was the most assured. He gave us that calmness in the heat of battle and you need that.

"We are pursuing three or four players and they all seem to be warming up a bit. We need a bigger pool of players, but coming here today was always going to be difficult. Norwich are very efficient at set-plays and crosses, but we defended really well as a team. The work we did on the back four this week was evident. We were a lot tighter as a team. You could say it was a bore draw but it was definitely a step forward for us. We have repaid a little bit of the debt we had to our fans who made the trip to Brighton."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
28. Mark Bunn - -
5. Sébastien Bassong - -
18. Javier Garrido - -
2. Russell Martin - -
6. Michael Turner - -
7. Robert Snodgrass - -
12. Anthony Pilkington - -
27. Alexander Tettey - -
4. Bradley Johnson - -
14. Wes Hoolahan - -
10. Simeon Jackson - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
20. Leon Barnett - -
32. Harry Kane - -
9. Grant Holt - -
13. Declan Rudd - -
15. David Fox - -
24. Ryan Bennett - -
17. Elliott Bennett - -
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Tim Krul - -
6. Michael Williamson - -
3. Davide Santon - -
2. Fabricio Coloccini - -
26. Mathieu Debuchy - -
18. Jonás Gutiérrez - -
8. Vurnon Anita - -
25. Gabriel Obertan - -
14. James Perch - -
22. Sylvain Marveaux - -
9. Papiss Demba Cissé - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
4. Yohan Cabaye - -
28. Sammy Ameobi - -
37. Steve Harper - -
20. Gael Bigirimana - -
17. Romain Amalfitano - -
34. James Tavernier - -
30. Nile Ranger - -

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