Football - Bore draw at Carrow Road

The need for Norwich and Newcastle to add quality to their squads was laid bare at Carrow Road, which played host to potentially one of the most boring draws of the season as the game finished goalless.

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Chris Hughton had a chance to banish memories of Norwich's dismal festive period and get one over on the club that sacked him so harshly 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 while the quality of their passing in the final third, and their crossing, was poor.

Newcastle, who had lost their previous four games, fared even worse in going forward. Papiss Cisse worked hard up front but he failed to test Mark Bunn in the Norwich goal.

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.

Both teams passed the ball very poorly and the finishing at either end was even worse.

The Canaries almost took the lead from the most unlikely source - right-back Martin - who fired a brilliant volley that clipped the outside of the post.

The home side went close again moments later when Robert Snodgrass played in Anthony Pilkington but Tim Krul came out to block the winger's shot and Bradley Johnson skied the rebound. Fabricio Coloccini flashed a well-timed volley wide with 10 minutes left in a rare Toon attack.

Norwich tried hard to grab a last-gasp winner and they almost got it in injury time when Holt got on the end of a cross but he could only glance over.

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