Newcastle remain in a relegation battle after a 0-0 draw against West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday.
Alan Pardew's men failed to break down a physical West Ham side and sit just above the drop zone.
West Ham have Winston Reid to thank as his excellent chase and goal-line clearance in the first half denied Newcastle the victory.
After last week’s 6-0 home humiliation against Liverpool, Pardew brought Hatem Ben Arfa and club captain Fabricio Coloccini into the side.
However, Moussa Sissoko missed his first game for the club following his January move from Toulouse due to an ankle injury - a blow for Newcastle as they looked for their first win in four games.
Sam Allardyce had no new injury worries and was able to welcome Joe Cole back into the squad, with Andy Carroll once again leading the line on his own.
Newcastle, who began the day in 17th place, started the brighter of the sides, but the first chance fell to the home team as Mohamed Diame blasted over the bar.
Although West Ham had more possession, it was the midfield five of Newcastle who posed more of a threat and Ben Arfa put a free-kick just over the bar from 30 yards after Matt Jarvis had fouled Steven Taylor.
Newcastle continued to press and nearly opened the scoring midway through the first half when Papiss Cisse was put through.
His shot slipped past the onrushing Jussi Jaaskelainen, but Winston Reid chased back and cleared it off the line. Cisse was furious but replays showed the officials had got the decision right.
The incident spurred the away side on, and Ben Arfa forced a good save from Jaaskelainen after a 40-yard run through the West Ham midfield.
West Ham United were unable to get close to their opponents during the half and committed numerous fouls to the annoyance of their former boss Pardew.
The result means that Newcastle stay firmly in contention for the drop, while West Ham continue to push for a top-ten finish.
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