Guthrie First Training Session Was Saturday

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.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • neeraj

    Dec 15, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #1

    rafa would now realize
    what he let go

  • G

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #2

    I sometimes wish he had a quicker turn of pace, but I can’t complain about the lads contribution so far. Well done on the goal son.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Encouraging to hear that he’s intending to go for goal more – perhaps he can go on to become that playmaker we’ve all been hoping for? Our own Gerrard?

    How carried away am I getting based on one game?? Loads!! Do I care?? No!!! Are the mackems back in the rellie zone?? Woooooooooooo!!!!

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #4

    He was my motm especially for his 2nd half performance, first half he was a little wayward like Enrique but both had good 2nd halfs.

    Guthrie looked more like a Rob Lee type 2nd half and could he possibly become our 10 goal+ midfielder next season and more?

  • PDiddy

    Dec 15, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #6

    its only December!

  • Friendri.Ha

    Dec 15, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Hate him or love him (Dennis Wise)? Don’t matter if we know who was picked by KK or who wasn’t , but all our acquisitions apart from Xisco have adapted veryx2 well.

    I have been veryx2 impressed with Guttierez, Guthrie, Bassong and Collicini. How much did they cost us altogether? Less than 15 M I think if we could win the legal battle with Real Mallorca on Guti’s transfer fee. If money bags, Man City, decided to come in to nick them from us, I wouldn’t settle less than 30 M.

    Xisco has talent certainly but we know its always hard on him to break into the first team with season regulars Owen, Martins, Ameobi and Viduka infront of him. He deserves his chance especially if we have the game wrapped up early, unfortunately we haven’t had that luxury since all our games so far haven been pretty tight on the scoreline. Perhaps he could start to impress JFK on the reserve matches, and we see how it goes from there.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Cracking Strike from Guthrie and Enrique looks like he could bag a few goals as well his shot was like missile : )

    I think we will smash spurs next weekend.

  • Thomas

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Newcastle’s Paul Scholes!

  • Friendri.Ha

    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Guthrie will break into the England squad soon!
    As for Bassong, he is not far away from a full international cap given they don’t really have gifted centre backs since the departure of Dessaily and Blanc.

    If I were Domenech, I would go with Bassong ahead of Boumsong.

  • Piers

    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Well done Guthrie. But Gutierrez was absolutely the MOTHM

  • hisnameisjonas

    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #12

    why arent oba taking the freekicks in front of the goal? his shot is devestating, let him hit it hard like shearer did and he would score even more

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13


  • oba9afemi

    Dec 15, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Guthrie and Gutierez were awesome yesterday and colo and seb had another great game with another clean sheet!

    just goes to show that we have a lot of firepower but we need to use it well without leaving the guys at the back too much to do.

    at home we tend to bomb forward too much leaving them unshielded but when we are away and play counter attacking football our defence is strong enough and our pace up front can scare anyone

  • brutooooon

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #15

    plus if we use more of martins pace to beat slow distin and campbell…we will get more chances..

  • clinta

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #16

    neeraj- what rafa will be realising is that guthrie wasn’t good enough for liverpool,has potential yes, and should do okay for us, but I hardly think rafas gutted he let him leave.????

    the only people in the pl that are singing the boys praises are toon fans, no one else really…

  • neeraj

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #17


    why noody is looking at guthrie is because we got him for 1.5 mill, every body wants to look at how modric, jo, robinho, kompany, pavlyuchenko and other big signings play

    nobody wants to comment on a player who is playing well for a relegation battling side which some of the above mentioned name are also playing but they would be grt coz they have heavy tag price……

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 16, 2008 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Hopefully this game will fill the lad with confidence for the rest of the season. He needs to now boss the midfield and be the main man and not let Butt or Barton over shadow him.

    I also had to chuckle with some of the comments over the last few days, with fans commenting on how they cant wait to see Guthrie and Barton together.

    Dont get me wrong i too cant wait, its just i said they would be great together in the summer and was hammered for even thinking Barton would still be a player!

    How times and fickle minds change.

  • lesh

    Dec 16, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #19

    As Capello’s suddenly started to sing the praises of David Milner, I wonder whether he’s had a look a Guthrie?

    Failing that, what chance Stuart Pearce can bring him through the U21 ranks? It’s about time someone took notice of this lad, he’s got all the makings of becoming a real diamond.

    Whoever spotted him for Newcastle, deserves a medal.

  • Sav

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Its a real benefit for Guthrie to be able to play alongside Nicky Butt. Guthrie’s legs and enthusiasm are well balanced by Butt’s savvy and professionalism. The next 6 months will be a real learning experience for the lad.


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