2004/5 NEWCASTLE 0 PALACE 0
NEWCASTLE: Given, Carr, Taylor, Boumsong, Elliott (Ramage 45), Ambrose (Kluivert 69), Faye, N'Zogbia, Milner, Ameobi (Robert 69), Shearer.
Subs Not Used: Andrew O'Brien, Harper.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Kiraly, Sorondo, Popovic, Hall, Granville, Routledge (Torghelle 90), Leigertwood, Hughes, Riihilahti, Soares, Johnson.
Subs Not Used: Watson, Speroni, Ventola, Lakis.
Crystal Palace snatched another precious point for their Barclays Premiership survival fund with a hard-fought draw at Newcastle.
The Magpies, who have now not won in seven attempts in the league, dominated throughout but simply could not break through as the Eagles scrapped for their lives in front of 52,123 at St James' Park.
Goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly twice denied Alan Shearer before the break to extend his personal drought - he has not scored in the Premiership since February 2 - and although James Milner and Charles N'Zogbia repeatedly tore the Palace defence to shreds, they could not make the pressure count.
Substitute Patrick Kluivert had the ball in the net three minutes from time, but his effort was chalked off for offside to leave manager Graeme Souness cursing his luck once again.
By contrast, opposite number Iain Dowie will have been delighted to leave with something to show for his side's efforts after threatening only fleetingly themselves.
Newcastle went into the game looking for just their second double of the season, one of a series of telling statistics; they were without a Premiership win in six attempts dating back to March 5 and Shearer had not found the back of the net in nine league games.
That record would have come to an end within three minutes of kick-off had Kiraly not blocked his first-time shot with his legs after Amdy Faye and Stephen Carr had combined to set him up at the near post, and the Hungarian denied him once again on 28 minutes when he unleashed a left-foot drive.
Only goalkeeper Shay Given of the side which started the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park in November remained in a depleted Magpies line-up.
N'Zogbia and Milner provided a youthful but promising outlet down the left, although too often the quality of the final ball was lacking as Palace, admittedly with the help of some committed defending, survived.
They also survived two concerted penalty appeals as first Shearer and then Milner were unceremoniously dumped to the ground by Kiraly and Fitz Hall, although referee Alan Wiley was not interested.
The longer the first half went on with the Magpies not making the most of their dominance, the more Palace's confidence grew, although it took them 41 minutes to muster a serious attempt on goal.
Lone striker Andrew Johnson saw too little of the ball to cause problems, and even when he did get a sniff, Jean-Alain Boumsong quickly snuffed him out to leave Given an interested bystander.
What Newcastle were lacking was a cutting edge, and that no doubt helped to increase the warmth of the reception given to guest of honour Faustino Asprilla, the former Magpies forward.
Milner tested Kiraly once again with a powerfully-struck shot from distance within two minutes of the restart after Souness' injury jinx struck again with Robbie Elliott, who had pulled up late in the first half, failing to return with Peter Ramage taking his place at left-back.
There were warning signs for the Magpies when first Danny Granville and then Gonzalo Sorondo got their heads to Michael Hughes free-kicks, but the home side were soon back on the offensive, N'Zogbia forcing Mikele Leigertwood into a superbly-timed challenge inside the box on 51 minutes and Darren Ambrose drilling a volley just wide from the resulting corner.
Hall had to clear at full-stretch from Shearer as the striker attempted to reach Carr's 58th-minute cross, and Boumsong powered a header just wide from an N'Zogbia corner three minutes later as Newcastle turned the screw.
Sorondo had to hack off his own line after Milner had headed Carr's cross back across goal, but it was then that Souness made his move, replacing Ambrose and Shola Ameobi with Kluivert and Laurent Robert.
The Frenchman illustrated the frustrating nature of his game when he blasted a 35-yard free-kick straight into the defensive wall within three minutes of his arrival, as some of the home fans amused themselves by throwing paper aeroplanes towards the pitch.
Kluivert saw a 75th-minute volley deflected wide, but there was concern in the home defence five minutes later when Johnson broke clear down the right, although he drove his shot well wide.
The Dutchman thought he had won it three minutes from time when he converted Steven Taylor's pass, but the flag was up and that was that.
TOON v PALACE - THE HISTORY ...
2009/2010 Sat 22 Aug Crystal Palace 0 - 2 Newcastle Utd. Championship
2004/2005 Sat 30 Apr Newcastle Utd. 0 - 0 Crystal Palace Premiership
Sat 20 Nov Crystal Palace 0 - 2 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
2001/2002 Sat 05 Jan Newcastle Utd. 2 - 0 Crystal Palace F.A. Cup
1998/1999 Sat 02 Jan Newcastle Utd. 2 - 1 Crystal Palace F.A. Cup
1997/1998 Wed 18 Mar Newcastle Utd. 1 - 2 Crystal Palace Premiership
Sat 29 Nov Crystal Palace 1 - 2 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
1994/1995 Sun 14 May Newcastle Utd. 3 - 2 Crystal Palace Premiership
Sat 15 Oct Crystal Palace 0 - 1 Newcastle Utd. Premiership
1987/1988 Sat 09 Jan Newcastle Utd. 1 - 0 Crystal Palace F.A. Cup
1983/1984 Sat 21 Jan Crystal Palace 3 - 1 Newcastle Utd. Second Division
Sat 17 Sep Newcastle Utd. 3 - 1 Crystal Palace Second Division
1982/1983 Sat 05 Mar Crystal Palace 0 - 2 Newcastle Utd. Second Division
Sat 23 Oct Newcastle Utd. 1 - 0 Crystal Palace Second Division
1981/1982 Sat 15 May Crystal Palace 1 - 2 Newcastle Utd. Second Division
Wed 31 Mar Newcastle Utd. 0 - 0 Crystal Palace Second Division
1978/1979 Sat 07 Apr Newcastle Utd. 1 - 0 Crystal Palace Second Division
Sat 02 Dec Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Newcastle Utd. Second Division
1972/1973 Sat 20 Jan Newcastle Utd. 2 - 0 Crystal Palace First Division
Sat 02 Sep Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1971/1972 Sat 16 Oct Newcastle Utd. 1 - 2 Crystal Palace First Division
Sat 14 Aug Crystal Palace 2 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1970/1971 Sat 19 Dec Newcastle Utd. 2 - 0 Crystal Palace First Division
Sat 22 Aug Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1969/1970 Sat 31 Jan Newcastle Utd. 0 - 0 Crystal Palace First Division
Sat 04 Oct Crystal Palace 0 - 3 Newcastle Utd. First Division
1964/1965 Sat 17 Apr Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Newcastle Utd. Second Division
Sat 24 Oct Newcastle Utd. 2 - 0 Crystal Palace Second Division
1946/1947 Sat 11 Jan Newcastle Utd. 6 - 2 Crystal Palace F.A. Cup
1919/1920 Sat 10 Jan Newcastle Utd. 2 - 0 Crystal Palace F.A. Cup
1906/1907 Sat 12 Jan Newcastle Utd. 0 - 1 Crystal Palace F.A. Cup