Newcastle's Premier League status remains in the balance after they shared a goalless draw with West Ham.
The Hammers put Alan Pardew's side under pressure in the second half but Papiss Cisse came closest to scoring when his first-half shot was cleared off the line by Winston Reid.
Replays were inconclusive but Rob Elliot made a double save to deny Kevin Nolan, while Andy Carroll headed wide.
Newcastle are three points above third-bottom Wigan after they beat West Brom.
Their position is made more worrying because the Latics have a game in hand and a better goal difference, but the clean sheet was a vast improvement on last weekend's 6-0 loss to Liverpool.
It was clear that the visitors arrived at Upton Park aiming to be more solid after that shattering defeat and the return of Fabricio Coloccini in the heart of their defence after injury was a welcome boost.
Now they must turn their attentions to their next match against relegated QPR, but the fact that their hopes are not entirely in their control underline the side's worrying loss of form.
Newcastle are also one point clear of arch rivals Sunderland, who also have a game extra, and in some senses this was an opportunity missed as West Ham, promoted from the Championship last season, are relatively comfortable in mid-table and remain 10th in the Premier League.
- The Magpies have lost four and drawn one of their five Premier League away trips to London this season.
- Newcastle failed to score for the fourth time in their last six Premier League matches. They netted only two overall in the other two games.
But after an improvement from Sam Allardyce's side in the second half, Newcastle will be satisfied with a point as they held on, particularly after a testing week where Pardew denied a reported player rift in the camp.
Before the break, Hatem Ben Arfa was at the centre of West Ham's problems as his powerful running cut through the hosts's midfield on several occasions.
The French forward, back in the side instead of Moussa Sissoko, twice tested Jussi Jaaskelainen, but the first period came alive when Cisse's attempts to open the scoring were denied by Reid.
Yohan Cabaye slipped the ball through to the Senegalese forward and as his scuffed effort looked to be dribbling into the goal, Reid slid in to clear.
Assistant referee Matthew Wilkes decided the ball did not cross the line and replays suggested it might have been the right call.
Wilkes was also the official who ruled Wigan's Callum McManaman did not foul Newcastle's Massado Haidara despite a crude challenge earlier in the season.
West Ham did not impose themselves on the game until after the break and as has often been the case this season, Matt Jarvis was the source.
His inviting cross after 48 minutes was headed wide by Carroll at the back post. Ricardo Vaz Te then failed to connect with another centre minutes later after being pushed by Coloccini.
That instigated a better spell for Allardyce's side, who almost went in front again, but Elliot's superb double save denied Nolan, while Carroll had another penalty appeal turned away by referee Phil Dowd.
Ben Arfa was replaced by Shola Ameobi and the substitute centre-forward fired wide after Yoan Gouffran went close with another effort, but as West Ham grew in confidence, the draw was well-earned and it might yet be an important point for Newcastle.
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Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +2:46
Inswinging corner taken by Joe Cole from the left by-line.88:49
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in. Shot from just outside the box by Dan Gosling misses to the right of the target.87:24
Joe Cole takes the direct free kick. The official flags Andy Carroll offside. Free kick taken by Rob Elliot.87:24 Booking
Booking Cheick Tiote is cautioned.87:14
Cheick Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cole.86:15
Corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil from the right by-line, clearance by Shola Ameobi.85:30
Papiss Cisse concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cole. Joe Cole crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Rob Elliot.84:23
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Kevin Nolan. Rob Elliot restarts play with the free kick.82:48
Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.82:48 Substitution
Substitution Joe Cole on for Matthew Jarvis.82:48
The assistant referee flags for offside against Papiss Cisse.81:15
Corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line, Andy Carroll takes a shot. Jonas Gutierrez manages to make a clearance.78:52
Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.78:52 Substitution
Substitution Matthew Taylor comes on in place of Guy Demel.78:52
Shola Ameobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Winston Reid.76:50
Unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan by Dan Gosling results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary O'Neil, save by Rob Elliot.75:51 Substitution
Substitution Dan Gosling replaces Yoan Gouffran.73:34
Shot from just outside the box by Shola Ameobi misses to the left of the goal.70:47
James Collins fouled by Shola Ameobi, the ref awards a free kick. James Collins takes the free kick.
Centre by Andy Carroll.68:02
Corner from left by-line taken by Yohan Cabaye.67:10
Jack Collison concedes a free kick for a foul on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Rob Elliot takes the direct free kick.66:25
Effort from deep inside the area by Yoan Gouffran misses to the right of the goal.65:22
Guy Demel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Simpson. Free kick taken by Rob Elliot.64:05
Close range header by James Collins misses to the right of the target.64:05 Substitution
Substitution Hatem Ben Arfa goes off and Shola Ameobi comes on.64:05
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save made by Rob Elliot. Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Save by Rob Elliot. Inswinging corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line,63:01
Gary O'Neil takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Steven Taylor.60:58
Hatem Ben Arfa is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by James Collins.57:41
Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.57:41 Substitution
Substitution Jack Collison comes on in place of Ricardo Vaz Te.57:41
The referee blows for offside.56:21
Andy Carroll has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.55:00
Corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa from the right by-line, clearance made by James Collins.52:26
Winston Reid challenges Yohan Cabaye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hatem Ben Arfa fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.49:34
Yohan Cabaye produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.48:31
Close range headed effort by Andy Carroll misses to the right of the goal.45:48
The referee blows for offside against Kevin Nolan. Rob Elliot takes the free kick.45:27
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary O'Neil by Cheick Tiote. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.45:01
The referee gets the second half underway.45:00 +1:09 Half time
Half Time The first half comes to an end.44:10
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary O'Neil.42:57
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Carroll. Free kick taken by Rob Elliot.41:47
The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Simpson. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.37:27
Foul by Cheick Tiote on Mohamed Diame, free kick awarded. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.36:29
Gary O'Neil is ruled offside. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.35:02
Gary O'Neil concedes a free kick for a foul on Hatem Ben Arfa. Yohan Cabaye fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.33:13
Papiss Cisse is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.32:22
Andy Carroll concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheick Tiote. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.31:36
Handball decision goes against Mohamed Diame. Rob Elliot takes the free kick.30:00
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheick Tiote on Andy Carroll. Gary O'Neil delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Danny Simpson.29:07
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheick Tiote by Kevin Nolan. Direct free kick taken by Cheick Tiote.28:01
Foul by Danny Simpson on Joey O'Brien, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.27:34
Yoan Gouffran takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.26:45
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yohan Cabaye by Gary O'Neil. Free kick taken by Rob Elliot.24:24
Yohan Cabaye takes the inswinging corner, Joey O'Brien makes a clearance.23:39
Hatem Ben Arfa takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.22:51
Corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Steven Taylor.20:33
Foul by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on Ricardo Vaz Te, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.19:52
Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Winston Reid makes a clearance.17:09
Cheick Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Carroll. Gary O'Neil takes the free kick. Ricardo Vaz Te takes a shot. Blocked by Yoan Gouffran.16:22
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ricardo Vaz Te. Indirect free kick taken by Rob Elliot.11:36
The assistant referee flags for offside against Hatem Ben Arfa. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.10:24
James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Papiss Cisse. Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, James Collins makes a clearance.8:50
Hatem Ben Arfa produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.8:50 Booking
Booking Joey O'Brien is cautioned.8:37
Joey O'Brien challenges Steven Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick.7:58
Ricardo Vaz Te takes a shot.5:43
Mohamed Diame produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.4:53
Mohamed Diame concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.1:29
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa by Kevin Nolan. Direct free kick taken by Cheick Tiote.0:11
Danny Simpson challenges Matthew Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.0:00
The match begins.
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