Kinnear To Field Unchanged Side at Fulham

Joe Kinnear has decided to send out an unchanged side at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon, after considering whether to start captain Michael Owen.

Danny Guthrie – unlucky to lose first team place

Joe has some apologies he will make to both Michael Owen and Danny Guthrie, but playing an unchanged side is the right thing for the team right now, and we’re sure Michael will get some playing time on Sunday.

Owen is coming back from injury, but it was hard lines on Danny Guthrie, when he was left out last Monday night for the more experienced Nicky Butt, but Joe’s selection was vindicated with an excellent display and win from the Magpies.

Joe Kinnear talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“It was a hard decision to leave Danny Guthrie out on Monday, but I spoke to him and assured him that he still has a major part to play for this club.”

“He is a young lad who really is still learning his trade, while Nicky Butt is an experienced player and that’s what I felt we needed on Monday.”

“Not only that, but it was also about the shape of the team for, while Danny likes to get forward, Nicky has perfected the art of sitting in front of the back four.”

We’re sure Michael and Danny will understand Joe’s decision, and depending on the game we expect at least Michael to get at least a good 20 minutes on Sunday afternoon, and if we can get a good win at Craven Cottage, we’ll surely be on our way.

Hope so anyway – because we looked a very good side on Monday night.

Howay The Lads!

15 comments so far

  • toonoot

    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Why risk Owen. He’s away before Xmas anyway.

  • bruTOOOON

    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    guthrie to replace butt on the long run

    21 years old which is better than an experience 33 years old?

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Keep owen fit so Chelsea will pay more.

    Come on Toon Smash little Fulham…I fancy an Oba brace in this game.


  • Jamie G

    Nov 7, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #4

    All of a sudden, a bit of optimism around SJP, a bit of competition for places, some good induvisual form from the likes of barton, jonas, martins, ameobi.

    a few january singings away from challenging for europe? who knows? nothing wrong with hope.

  • Tore Torell

    Nov 7, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Guthrie is a great chap, he’ll take Butt’s place any time. Butt’s passing is awful at times, he will have to be dropped eventually…

    I guess we’ll get a draw at Fulham, 1-1 is my call.

  • charlie

    Nov 7, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #6

    lets not get ahead of ourselves and concentrate on the fulham game. The league is so tight and although it is good to look up. We need to be wary of the teams around us. Lets just get the points on the board and go from there.

    On another note owen to chelsea, what do people think about a part exchange with kalou. Dount it would happen but kalou and oba up front would be awesome.

  • reillers

    Nov 7, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #7

    “Joe has some apologies he will make to both Michael Owen and Danny Guthrie”
    Bull, he’s playing players on form on the minute, he’s nothing to apologise for, just because it’s Owen, for the love of..a manager should never have to apologise for a justified selection, which this one is.
    Players are playing better then them, it’s the way it works, just because Owen is involved doesn’t mean the it should change.

  • steve

    Nov 7, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Guthrie won’t replace Butt for the obvious reason that he’s not a defensive midfielder, we can’t have both him and Barton going forward, we need someone to protect our defense.
    I’d imagine we’ll eventually have to buy somebody to replace Butt and Guthrie will be backup for Barton

  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 7, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Its good to see that the name hasnt made Kinnear make a change. I remember under alardyce, Martins was banging in the goals, but as soon as Owen returned, martins was dropped.

    Im just finking of our bench….Harper, Zoggy, Owen, Guthrie, Xisco…with all due repect they would all walk into the Fulham team (with exceptions of Xisco possibly).

    Shola and Martins are the ideal partnership, now owen has lost his pace. Will cause defence alot of trouble as they cant drop deep or play a high line as we have height to hold the ball up and pace.

    Ameobi against Hangeland is a battle i cant wait to see :P.


    Nov 7, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Some of the most successfull defenders, mostly wing backs, have been converted wingers, the important part being they have pace.
    Defending is not brain surgery, its a skill that can be taught.
    I believe Barton has the ability , with his natural agression to fill that sweeper role and who better than Joe, Houghton and Butt to coach him.
    Same with Guthrie, neither being goalscorers or playmakers.
    Jonas, Duff and N`zog. are better suited to an attacking role, having both pace and the ability to score or to provide the opportunity.
    Have to admitt Butt played well against Villa and I`m no great fan, but he deserves to start.
    The Fulham game should give us a measure of where we stand as a team, hope its a good win.

  • luke

    Nov 7, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #11

    all due respect CHUCK but i don’t think we should be looking to unleash barton’s natural aggression 😉

  • Leo

    Nov 7, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #12

    barton and guthrie arnt attacking midfielders, i would say that they are both box to box midfielders

    they have movement which is the key to our team playing a bit better now

    pace is the key, remember for ages ive said that. obviously not recently because im too busy to make comments on the blog 🙁


    Nov 7, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #13

    No ! far be it from me to sic him on anybody, as a matter of fact I think the guy would benefit from an anger management course.
    However I think aggression is a part of his nature and if channeled in a positive sense could be an asset to his game, especially in a defencive role.
    Hey been wrong before, just an opinion.


    Nov 7, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #14

    My point was they both do a lot of things and yes they score the occassional goal, but I would`nt describe either as a goalscorer or for that matter a playmaker.
    However neither one is afraid to put his foot in and IMO better suited to a defensive midfield role, as Butt is not going to be around forever.
    As far as Barton getting a game for England , as some advocate, dont hold your breath.
    Guthries future at this club I believe will be off the bench, he is just not that talented.

  • Will

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Guthrie > Butt


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