Toon remain in trouble after firing blanks

Newcastle United were left deep in relegation trouble after being held to a goalless draw at home to Portsmouth in a tense Premier League match on Monday. With four matches left to play, Newcastle remain in the drop zone with 31 points, although the draw was enough to move them ahead of Middlesbrough on goal difference and up to 18th place. The two north east rivals have 31 points from 34 games, three behind Hull City in the safety of 17th place. West Bromwich Albion are bottom with 28 points. Interim boss Alan Shearer has now seen Newcastle draw two and lose two of his four matches in charge and many of the home fans left at the final whistle booed their team off the field. "I am very disappointed not to have won the game," Shearer told Setanta Sports afterwards. "We had (Mark) Viduka (Obafemi) Martins and (Michael) Owen on and they all missed chances. But we are not out of it yet and this might prove to be a very important point for us." It was Portsmouth who came closest to scoring when Richard Hughes headed against the woodwork in the closing minutes. Owen, now without a goal in nine matches, had Newcastle's best chance after 63 minutes but saw his shot saved by the legs of his former England team mate David James. Newcastle have just one win in their last 18 matches and they face a visit to title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday. The result kept Portsmouth in 14th place on 38 points and went some way to easing their own fears of going down. NEWCASTLE FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Les Ferdinand Q&A Joey Barton One on One Michael Owen, Kevin Keegan, Les Ferdinand, Faustino Asprilla Boy's A Bit Special Steven Taylor, Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes Perfect XI Ruud Gullit What Happened Next? Tony Cunningham My Secret Vice Nolberto Solano, Sam Allardyce Plus! Rate Newcastle players (and others) on Talentspotter