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Newcastle's Barclays Premier League fate is out of their own hands after a goalless draw at already-relegated Aston Villa.
The Magpies created the better chances but were wasteful in front of goal, most notably in the second half through Jack Colback and Aleksandar Mitrovic - who also went very close to breaking the deadlock with a header.
The point extended their unbeaten run to five matches under Rafa Benitez but Newcastle finished the day in the bottom three after north-east rivals Sunderland twice came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-2 at the Stadium of Light.
It leaves The Toon a point behind the Black Cats, who have a game in hand and could send Benitez's side down with victory at home to Everton on Wednesday night.