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Newcastle   0 - 0   Man Utd

Wayne Rooney
Rooney was left frustrated as Man Utd were held by a bullish Newcastle side

By Sam Lyon

An off-colour Manchester United missed the chance to open up a nine-point gap at the top of the Premier League as they were held to a draw by Newcastle.

The visitors were guilty of poor passing throughout, though Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs missed good chances.

And striker Javier Hernandez felt he was fouled in the box by Danny Simpson late on, only to be booked for a dive.

Newcastle deserved a point, though, and might have had a penalty of their own when Anderson felled Peter Lovenkrands.

Both decisions could have gone either way, with contact made on each occasion, but referee Lee Probert waved the appeals away to ensure an absorbing clash ended goalless at St James' Park.

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It is a result which could prove valuable for Newcastle, taking them as it does to the 40-point mark teams often cite as necessary to guarantee safety from relegation.

But for Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson and his men it will be considered a case of two points dropped and means second-place Arsenal and third-place Chelsea could pull to within four and six points respectively of his side should they win their games in hand.

It remains a tall order for the chasing two, but as both face Man Utd in the run-in, neither will count themselves out of the title race just yet.

Arsenal's dramatic draw with Liverpool on Sunday had appeared to leave the door wide open for Man Utd to open a hugely significant gap at the top of the table with a win at St James' Park - and with the Magpies pretty stable in mid-table with six matches to go in the campaign, many might have expected a cakewalk on Tyneside.

Far from it. The visitors forged the two clearest chances of the first half, but the opening 45 minutes were far more memorable for an effervescent home display that defied those expecting the Magpies to roll over on their own patch.

Buoyed by a typically raucous home crowd and driven on the pitch by the likes of Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez and Cheik Tiote, Newcastle recovered from a glorious early Man Utd chance to cause the visitors all sorts of problems.

Magpies keeper Tim Krul should take no little credit for that for his fabulous point-blank save from Javier Hernandez, the Mexican denied from Rooney's centre all of four yards out, but the hosts were equally grateful for an unusually error-strewn display from the Premier League leaders.

Giggs was particularly guilty of sloppy passing - and the chances flowed for Newcastle as a result.

Gutierrez almost rounded off a fine run in from the left with a 20-yard finish, his effort deflected wide, while Tiote, too, was denied from range, this time low down by Red Devils keeper Edwin van der Sar.

Barton and Shola Ameobi could also have done better when well placed inside the area, while Lovenkrands contrived to nod a free header wide 16 yards out with no Man Utd player close to him.

In between that, though, the men in red created the night's second glorious chance of the night, only for Rooney to blaze over from inside the area after being laid in on goal by Hernandez's neat flick.

And for all the home side's good play, that and Hernandez's early chance underlined a threat from Ferguson's men that always seemed to be bubbling under the surface of an absorbing encounter.

But the hosts plugged away in the second half and a less sympathetic referee might have awarded a penalty against Anderson when the Brazilian appeared to catch Lovenkrands in the Man Utd box on the hour mark.

But, as the visitors gradually eradicated their passing errors and began dominating possession, a clear-cut opening for Ferguson's team seemed only moments away - and so it proved when Patrice Evra burst into the area and cut back for Giggs unmarked 12 yards out, only for the Welshman to skew wide with the goal at his mercy.

From then on in, the match consisted mainly of Man Utd's attack against Newcastle's defence - Stephen Ireland's volley from Ameobi's knock-down aside, the midfielder's 20-yard effort dipping narrowly wide.

But, in truth, the Red Devils rarely looked likely to break the deadlock and it summed up their night when Hernandez was booked in stoppage time for a dive as he rolled over Simpson's lunge in the box.

It meant the visitors were forced to settle for a point that will only reinvigorate Arsenal's and, possibly, Chelsea's hopes of producing a late fightback in the race for the domestic title.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Newcastle 0-0 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-0)

      Newcastle

      Substitutes

      Man Utd

      Substitutes

      Ref: ProbertAtt: 49,025
      NEWCASTLE
      MAN UTD

      Possession

      • Newcastle 48%
      • Man Utd 52%

      Attempts on target

      • Newcastle 5
      • Man Utd 8

      Attempts off target

      • Newcastle 7
      • Man Utd 10

      Corners

      • Newcastle 6
      • Man Utd 7

      Fouls

      • Newcastle 9
      • Man Utd 10
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:15 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
      • 90:00+3:44 Headed effort from inside the area by Wayne Rooney misses to the left of the target.
      • 90:00+1:01 Booking Javier Hernandez is cautioned.
      • 90:00+0:13 Nile Ranger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
      • 89:24 Wayne Rooney challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
      • 88:01 Effort from inside the area by Ryan Giggs misses to the left of the target.
      • 82:22 Shot by Wayne Rooney. Cheik Tiote gets a block in.
      • 79:58 Substitution Michael Owen comes on in place of Luis Nani.
      • 79:48 Wayne Rooney takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
      • 77:35 Luis Nani produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
      • 77:17 Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
      • 75:57 Strike comes in from Ryan Giggs from the free kick.
      • 75:57 Booking Mike Williamson goes into the book.
      • 75:54 Mike Williamson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani.
      • 71:39 Substitution Nile Ranger is brought on as a substitute for Shola Ameobi.
      • 71:28 Stephen Ireland has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 70:41 The assistant referee signals for offside against Javier Hernandez. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
      • 69:21 Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
      • 69:21 Substitution Oliveira Anderson leaves the field to be replaced by Antonio Valencia.
      • 69:21 Javier Hernandez is caught offside.
      • 68:30 Substitution Stephen Ireland joins the action as a substitute, replacing Peter Lovenkrands.
      • 68:16 Effort from deep inside the area by Ryan Giggs misses to the left of the target.
      • 64:45 Peter Lovenkrands gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs. Strike on goal comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick, save by Tim Krul.
      • 63:53 Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
      • 63:53 Booking The referee cautions Cheik Tiote for unsporting behaviour.
      • 63:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Cheik Tiote.
      • 60:19 Close range header by Peter Lovenkrands goes over the crossbar.
      • 59:21 Nemanja Vidic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
      • 59:11 The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, save made by Tim Krul.
      • 57:00 Luis Nani produces a cross, Tim Krul makes a save.
      • 56:03 Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
      • 55:06 Effort on goal by Luis Nani from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 54:12 The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
      • 50:47 Luis Nani sends in a cross, Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
      • 50:32 Wayne Rooney delivers the ball, clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
      • 49:21 Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner.
      • 48:21 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani played to the near post.
      • 48:03 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the right by-line, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
      • 47:01 Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
      • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:22 The referee blows for half time.
      • 45:00+1:06 Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Sanchez Jose Enrique gets a block in.
      • 45:00+0:47 Booking Michael Carrick is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 45:00+0:09 Unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Michael Carrick results in a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
      • 43:59 Peter Lovenkrands has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 43:14 Headed effort from inside the area by Peter Lovenkrands misses to the right of the target.
      • 39:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Smalling on Shola Ameobi. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Joey Barton, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
      • 37:56 Luis Nani takes a shot. Danny Guthrie gets a block in.
      • 35:16 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Danny Guthrie.
      • 32:22 Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
      • 31:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Simpson by Javier Hernandez. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
      • 29:59 Shot by Jonas Gutierrez from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
      • 27:21 Luis Nani has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
      • 24:35 John O'Shea challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
      • 23:04 Ryan Giggs challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Joey Barton, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
      • 22:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on John O'Shea. John O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.
      • 20:55 Floated corner taken by Joey Barton, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
      • 20:09 Shola Ameobi concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Smalling. Chris Smalling takes the direct free kick.
      • 19:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Danny Guthrie. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
      • 18:41 Wayne Rooney takes a shot.
      • 18:00 Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
      • 16:53 Shot from outside the box by Javier Hernandez goes wide right of the target.
      • 16:20 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Shola Ameobi misses to the right of the goal.
      • 15:19 Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
      • 13:58 Michael Carrick produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
      • 10:46 Ryan Giggs takes the inswinging corner, Chris Smalling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
      • 10:17 The ball is delivered by Joey Barton.
      • 9:54 Foul by Cheik Tiote on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. John O'Shea takes the free kick.
      • 9:46 Handball by Mike Williamson. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 8:46 Floated corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line.
      • 8:15 Ryan Giggs challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
      • 7:35 Shot by Cheik Tiote from 25 yards. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
      • 7:00 Corner taken by Joey Barton.
      • 6:20 Joey Barton takes a inswinging corner.
      • 6:01 Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
      • 5:40 Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
      • 5:00 Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line.
      • 4:51 Effort from 12 yards by Jonas Gutierrez. Chris Smalling gets a block in.
      • 4:02 Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross.
      • 2:28 Shot by Shola Ameobi from outside the box goes over the net.
      • 1:47 Wayne Rooney delivers the ball, save made by Tim Krul.
      • 1:09 Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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      19 Apr 2011 23:59 UK


      Barclays Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 19 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Man Utd 33 38 70
      2 Arsenal 32 32 63
      3 Chelsea 32 32 61
      4 Man City 32 20 56
      5 Tottenham 31 8 53
      6 Liverpool 33 7 49
      7 Everton 33 6 47
      8 Bolton 32 3 43
      9 Newcastle 33 1 40
      10 Aston Villa 33 -12 40
      11 West Brom 33 -15 39
      12 Fulham 32 1 38
      13 Stoke 32 -3 38
      14 Birmingham 32 -10 38
      15 Sunderland 33 -12 38
      16 Blackburn 33 -14 35
      17 Wigan 33 -21 34
      18 Blackpool 33 -22 33
      19 West Ham 33 -19 32
      20 Wolves 32 -20 32

      see also
      Ferguson bullish over title hopes
      19 Apr 11 |  Premier League
      Tuesday football as it happened
      19 Apr 11 |  Football


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