It turns out that Danny Guthrie had his very first training session last week, only last Saturday, the day before our game yesterday.
Danny Guthrie – great game yesterday
So it was more touch and go for the game than we had realized, but young Danny is a naturally fit player, and he showed that yesterday, with an efficient performance of how to play effectively in midfield.
If you get a chance to watch yesterday’s game again, notice how many times the youngster gives the ball away – not many times at all, and he’s a very efficient player.
Guthrie told the Shields Gazette today:
“I joined in with the boys on Saturday for my first session of the week, and I was feeling it a bit in the game towards the end,”
“And I just made a late run into the box. It was a good pull back by Shola. It was about using the pace on the ball, and getting the right connection.” “It flew in, and I really enjoyed it, especially as it was in front of our fans.”
“Hopefully, I can start pushing on from this, and score goals more regularly. All the best midfielders in the world score goals, and that’s the aim.”
“The first half was a bit tight, and it was just a case of trying to quieten down the crowd.”
“We came out in the second half, took our chances, and probably deserved the win.”
“It was a case on building the two away games, when we kept two good clean sheets.”
“Portsmouth will get goals with the players they’ve got, but we were solid at the back, and it was a good win. Once we got the goal, we just wanted to control the game.”
Guthrie – signed from Liverpool in the summer – for around £2M we think, scored on his Newcastle debut away to Hartlepool United in pre-season.
Yesterday’s goal was the icing on the cake for Newcastle, in their best win of the season, and their very first away win.
Hopefully there will be a lot more of these.
There’s a very close race going on in our poll, between Guthrie and Gutierrez for Man Of The March yesterday, so make sure you have voted – thanks.