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!