Newcastle United juniors extended unbeaten start to 2008 as they were held to a goalless draw by Middlesbrough in the Tyne-Tees derby, said the official club.
Ben Tozer and Tamas Kadar played in the full 90 minutes at the club's Little Benton Academy. Kadar teed-up James Marwood for the hosts' best opening chance before the break, while Michael McCrudden point blank header saved by Matt Atkinson before Dan Leadbitter almost caught out the Boro stopper with a high cross in the closing stages.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Woodgate will not returning to the Magpies squad despite some widespread reports on Saturday that he was set to sign his second spell for United.
“At this moment I don't think he is going to come to Newcastle, in fact I am almost certain he isn't. I think he is going to go somewhere else.” Keegan said, quoted from the official club site, “It looks like we have lost him. I am very disappointed. I fully understand though. But I desperately want him to come.”
News from the African Cup of Nations, Martins and Nigeria will need a win on their last group game against Benin to keep their hope alive to the next stage after being held to a goalless draw by Mali at Sekondi stadium yesterday. They will also need the help from Ivory Coast to overcoming Mali.
The other Newcastle's player, Geremi Njitap has a goal under his name on Cameroon's 5-1 wins over Zambia. Geremi's scores in 27 minutes courtesy of his well-struck free kick. Joseph Desire Job scores twice while Achilles Emana and Samuel Eto'o scores the other Cameroon's goals.