Newcastle United 1 Arsenal 1

Updated: 07 December 2007 12:15 IST

Steven Taylor scored midway through the second half to rally Newcastle to a 1-1 draw with Premier League leaders Arsenal on Wednesday.

Newcastle United 1 Arsenal 1

NEWCASTLE, England:

Steven Taylor scored midway through the second half to rally Newcastle to a 1-1 draw with Premier League leaders Arsenal on Wednesday.

Taylor equalized in the 60th after taking a cross from Alan Smith.

Emmanuel Adebayor put Arsenal ahead in the fourth minute with a volley after taking a cross from Emmanuel Eboue. Gilberto da Silva and Eduardo da Silva also had first-half chances.

Soon after Arsenal's opener, Cameroon midfielder Geremi put a header wide. In the 33rd, Taylor had a header saved by goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

Despite heavy Arsenal pressure late in the second half, Newcastle held out for the draw, which ended a two-game league-losing streak. The draw also will ease pressure on beleaguered Newcastle manager Sam Allarcyce.

"I think tonight showed everyone is 100 percent behind everything we're doing," Smith said. "We need everyone together and we showed that tonight. With commitment like that we can only go forward."

The result gave Arsenal 37 points atop the Premier League, leading Manchester United by four points. Newcastle is 11th with 19, but hasn't won in the league since Oct. 22.

"I think we've lost the last two home games poorly, and it was difficult to take for us all," said Allardyce, whose team lost 3-1 to Blackburn on Saturday. "I didn't want to see confidence ebb away. I then saw a performance at Blackburn, but not a result. Tonight I've seen a performance and a result."

The game was Arsenal's 15th, giving them the same number as its title rivals. Arsenal manager Wenger said his side let victory - and a chance to extend its lead - slip.

"I would say, yes, but I must concede as well that overall Newcastle maybe deserved a point because they battled very hard. They did fight for 90 minutes for every ball," Wenger said. "We feel we didn't create enough going forward.

"They slowly destroyed our game and we let them do it. My team gave absolutely everything tonight and they are frustrated, but I can, as well, not say that a point is a shame."

Topics : Football
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