21 yesr-old Danny Guthrie talked today about the aerial threat of Rory Delap, who can launch a throw-in into the penalty from anywhere inside the opposition half.
Danny Guthrie – Newcastle aware of Delap danger
Newcastle will need to have some policy of how to deal with the threat at James’ Park on Saturday.
Danny Guthrie talked about the threat today:
“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” “We’ll be doing a bit of work to counter it because it’s got them a few points this season.” “It’s hard to practice against, because we don’t have anyone who can throw it in like Delap does.”
“We can kick it in or hurl it in at a different angle, but it’s the trajectory of his throws that makes them so difficult to defend.” “They come in hard and low, and it’s hard to replicate that in training. We’ve been trying though and we’ll be coming up with a few plans. We’re going to have to be careful.”
“I wouldn’t really know who’s got the longest throw at our club, but we certainly don’t have anyone who could come close to Delap. It’s impossible to compare what we do to what he does. We just tend to keep it simple and throw it down the line.”
“There was a lad at Tranmere used to do something similar, but it’s not something you come up against very often. He drives it in against you, and you have to have a plan in your mind to deal with it.”
“Everybody has made a big deal of it this season, so it’s not like we’re going into the game not expecting it. Maybe we’d rather kick it out for a corner than concede a throw – that’s something we’ll be discussing in the next few days.”
“We have to be aware of what they can do, but the most important thing is that we impose our football on the game and don’t drop down to their level. We don’t want it to become the kind of game that they probably want it to be. It’ll be interesting.”
“It’s all part of football. Different teams play different styles and that’s fair enough. This is what has got them their points so far, so we have to respect that.” “But we also have to stick to our own game and not fall into their trap. If we stick to playing football, and don’t get sucked into a battle, we should take all three points.”
Stoke’s 32 year-old Rory Delap – danger man on Saturday?
Good words from the youngster, who has done extremely well this season since coming into the team in place of Joey Barton, who is still out until mid-January. He’s a sensible lad, and very rarely gives the ball away, which is one of his strengths, like most youngsters brought through the Liverpool Academy ranks.
But Danny has proved he is a more than decent player, who is certainly not yet the finished product, and we expect him probably to end up as a solid defensive midfielder, as he continues to learn his trade on Tyneside.
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