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St James' Park, Newcastle (ATT 51,114) 5th February 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Halsey

Newcastle Newcastle United vs Charlton Athletic Charlton

Sorry Magpies held by Addicks

By Alex Livie.   Last Updated: 05/02/05 4:49pm

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Newcastle continue to struggle and they were held at home by Charlton.

Kieron Dyer fired The Magpies in front on 52 minutes, but the advantage was short lived as Dennis Rommedahl flashed home from 20 yards to pinch a point for The Addicks.

Newcastle often spring out of the traps like scalded cats on home soil, but they were surprisingly subdued against The Addicks and it took nine minutes for Dean Kiely to be tested - the keeper clutching an Alan Shearer header with ease.

Shearer is so often the focal point of Newcastle's attacking play and it was no different on Saturday, as he dragged a shot just wide before teeing up the lively Dyer to shoot over.

Aside from Dyer's dash into the box, The Magpies were restricted to shots from distance and the surprise figure of Andy O'Brien almost caught out Kiely with a fizzing drive, while Lee Bowyer's effort from 25 yards did not have the power to unduly tax the Charlton keeper.

Titus Bramble is an imposing figure and, with Charlton rarely seen as an attacking force, he took the opportunity to press forward and went close with a header just before the interval.

Newcastle went in at the break to a chorus of boos and the crowd's unrest appeared to spark them into action, as Shola Ameobi went close on two occasions before Dyer opened the scoring on 52.

Shearer climbed high to head the ball back across goal and Dyer rammed home from 12 yards with the aid of a deflection, and the relief on Tyneside was tangible.

The fans had hardly got back into their seats when Charlton levelled through Dennis Rommedahl.

Defending has so often been Newcastle's Achilles heel and a terrible piece of play by O'Brien handed the ball to Rommedahl, but the Dane still had plenty to do.

The flying winger darted across the edge of the box before unleashing a stinging drive which fizzed across Shay Given and into the corner off the post.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of Newcastle and Graeme Souness threw on Laurent Robert and the Frenchman came close to making an immediate impression when planting a free kick on the head of Bramble but, from five yards, he failed to test Kiely.

Rommedahl was buoyed by his goal and he had three great chances to add to his tally, but shot wide on the first occasion, then saw Given make a fine save with his legs and finally lifted a shot over the bar after squirming free in the box.

Magpies fans made their feelings known late on, as many left before the final whistle, as Newcastle huffed and puffed without ever threatening to blow the Charlton house down and the chorus of boos at the end of the game was marginally louder than at the break.

Souness may suggest the Newcastle dressing room is a happier place without Craig Bellamy, but the Welshman's cutting edge was sadly missed by The Magpies, while Charlton continue to chug along merrily in their quest for a European berth.

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Newcastle UnitedTeam NameCharlton Athletic
5Shots on target ( Inc Goals )2
11Shots off Target (inc woodwork)6
5Blocked Shots0
7Corners Won2
10Total Fouls Conceded12
1Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0



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