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05 Oct 2009 09:10:00

Newcastle United 0 Bristol City 0

IT was one of Sir Bobby Robson's disciples in Jose Mourinho who made his own contribution to football's cliched tapestry when he talked about away teams parking the bus in front of the goal. Well, Bristol City set out to do that from the word go at St James’s Park and succeeded through a combination of grittiness, good fortune and a stand-in goalkeeper in the shape of Dean Gerken. So far there have been two different types of teams who have visited St James’s Park this season. First, there are those who crumble under the pressure of a big day out at one of the best football stadiums in the world. Then there are those that see it as an opportunity to make a name for themselves and take their chance under the spotlight. Bristol City will go under the latter of the two categories – albeit extremely fortunately. In a game full of incident but lacking the lifeblood of football – goals – Newcastle rattled the woodwork three times throughout the game, were denied on a host of occasions by former Darlington keeper Gerken – only playing because regular stopper Adriano Basso was injured in the warm-up – and robbed of a stonewall penalty when former Scunthorpe reserve Jamie McCombe wiped out Marlon Harewood at Gallowgate


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