Thursday, February 23, 2006

Stalemate in North-East

Newcastle United 0 Charlton Athletic 0

No goals, but a point gained. Charlton's quest for a Eurpoean spot or relegation safety (delete as applicable) was one point better off after last nights goalless draw on Tyneside.

Curbs made four changes to the team that beat Brentford on Saturday - Marcus Bent, Jon Spector, Matt Holland and Darren Ambrose playing instead of Jay Bothroyd (dropped), Chris Powell (rested), Jerome Thomas (injured in training) and Alexei Smertin (also rested).

The official match report is here.

Both sides had chances it seems, with Newcastle having the better efforts. Thomas Myrhe did well, although at one point it seemed he might have to be replaced in goal by rookie Darren Randolph, after taking a knock to the head.

The radio commentary was interesting, and it was nice to have Scott Minto giving analysis for a change. For those fans who did travel, well done, your singing came over loud and clear on the radio!

The team have little time to relax, and hopefully, no new injuries will have been picked up before Saturday's home match against Villa. Curbs will probably ring a few more changes for that home game to prevent tiredness, with Smertin, Thomas, Powell, and El Karkouri, plus Euell (who was a playing sub last night) all back in the frame to start.

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