Gareth Barry squandered the chances to lift Aston Villa into third place in the Barclays Premier League - 24 hours after pledging his immediate future to the midlands club.
The England midfielder, who has vowed to remain with Villa until at least next summer, could have had a hat-trick but his finishing touch deserted him.
Victory would have taken Martin O'Neill's side above Manchester United but the Cottagers followed up their goalless draw at Liverpool with another determined performance.
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