Newcastle Need To Deal With Delap Danger Saturday


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.

Comments very welcome.



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18 comments so far

  • Shearbliss

    Dec 4, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Times today.
    Owen’s agents are among the smartest, savviest people in the game. Owen’s mates among pundits never hold back when it comes to showering him with praise (that some of them are also his golf buddies doesn’t hurt). And, despite his injuries and declining performances, he remains the biggest star there is among English strikers not named Wayne. So let the games begin. The market will tell us what people think he’s really worth. And, as happened last time, I wouldn’t bet on any of the big clubs being willing to commit £5m a year to the former England striker.

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  • Graham

    Dec 4, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Why not suggest that Delap goes for a few quiet beers with Barton on Friday night? A hospital bed or police cell surely await him, that would cure our problems….

    Seriously though, we cant do anything but hope that the ball lands on Bassongs head and not a Stoke players…

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  • Graham

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Shearbliss – whats that got to do with Saturdays game??

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  • Xisco Stu

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    This game is one where we really must retain the ball well and not put ourselves under needless pressure which would most likely warrant a throw. We did it in the replay with them last year thanks mostly to a superb mature performance in central midfield by N’Zogbia after Emre’s red card.

    Also, anyone remember a player called Dave Challinor? He used to have a throw much longer than Delap’s, but not used quite so effectively as Stoke do.

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  • UTD111

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Looks like our central defence partnership has just come together at the right time!
    Wonder if Jokin Here will consider playing Taylor at left back, so he’s there as additional cover for the throw ins/corners?

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  • Bill B

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Lets do what Hull City did 80% of the time no defender made the challenge leave it to the Goal keeper to do the Biz one on one or get Windless to do his warm up on the touch line ???

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  • NUFCFAN

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    lets just hope it rains then he cant get as good a grip on the ball

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  • The Entertainers

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Hes a real danger, but come on Newcastle no more Wigans or WBA.

    I want a good performance and those all important 3 points.

    Would love to see the 4-3-3 brought back to SJP, that would really get the crowd up for the game!

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  • UTD111

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    NUFCFAN – I like your thinking!!

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  • Jack

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10

    just bring the advertising boards closer so he doesn’t have space for a good enough run up?

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  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Excellent idea jack!.. 😀
    …No law against that…

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  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Can we ALL please stop givin’ that ‘bitter’ spud that comes on here no oxygen…Don’t bite or converse with it…It’s sooo FFFFF borin’!..
    …Ta!.. 😀

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  • Whumpie

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Definitely worth making sure he gets no run up – one for the groundsmen to sort out.

    I think the key is to play ‘carpet football’ as Sir Bobby calls it, and just keep strong posession until it’s time to fire it into the middle. Basically, we have to treat any throw in within our half as something to avoid as strongly as a corner.

    The other thing I’d like to see is the Viduka/Martins/Owen threesome up front. A good way to avoid dropping points due to a Delap throw-in is to be 3 goals up when he takes it…

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  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Aye whumpie,
    top tips!..

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  • WesToon

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #15

    @ Jack // Dec 4, 2008 at 11:22

    Great idea that mate, Now how the feck do we get the message across to JK?? 🙁

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  • Ben

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #16

    I think flooding the touchline area where he would take the throws could work

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  • Simo

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #17

    We hagve got to take the game to them.
    Get Jonas and Charlie on the ball and taking on the full-backs.
    Id like to see 4-3-3 – it’ll show that we are up for it.

    And as for the long throw. Just defend it like a cormer – none of that zonal crap, simple man marking!

    Am saying 3-0!

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  • tino97

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #18

    I think we should play Taylor at LB, because I think Jose will suffer under the aerial bombardment. Lets hope it rains on Saturday and don’t let the ball boys dry the ball. That would make it more difficult!

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