On Saturday 13 September 2008, Hull City’s Craig Fagan suffered a broken tibia after being on the end of what was rightly described as a horrific tackle by Newcastle United midfielder Danny Guthrie.
Craig Fagan – now thankfully recovered from broken tibia
Guthrie was sent off in the incident, which occurred during the closing stages of Hull’s 2-1 victory at St James’ Park, and it was the result of 21 year-old Guthrie letting the frustrations get the better of him.
There was no excuse for the tackle but hopefully the matter will now be behind both players as Hull City meet Newcastle in the 3rd round of the FA cup tomorrow at the impressive KC Stadium.
Craig Fagan said today:
“It’s happened, there’s nothing I can do about it now,”
“There’s no point in me going out there to do the same to him, that’s not going to benefit me in any way.”
“I want to get myself back to the form I was at before I got injured and concentrate on my own game.”
“When the draw was made my dad said we might get Newcastle, and that’s how weird football can be with the twists of fate.”
“I’m just looking at it as another game of football. I need to get games under my belt to get back into the Premier League team.”
It is tackles like the one made by Guthrie that can end the careers of professional footballers, and Guthrie served his 3 match suspension, and hopefully will have learned from the experience.
And Fagan seems to have forgiven the former Liverpool player, but Danny is likely to find the home crowd tomorrow not so forgiving, and they will no doubt have a few boos for him, when he gets the ball.
“I know our fans obviously won’t give him an easy time, but all my focus is on my own game,”
“The tackle was one borne out of frustration. I’ve seen it again on numerous occasions and it’s disappointing because of how I was playing.”
“It’s been 15 weeks that I’ve been out and it’ll be hard to get back into the manager’s plans, but if I can keep working hard, I’m sure I can get my form back.”
Guthrie was completely at fault for the tackle he made against Fagan right at the end of that game, as he ran after Fagan, down the touch line, to make the tackle.
Kevin Keegan had just left Newcastle, and at that time Hull City were felt to be an easy touch, although they proved to be a good team and made a great start to the season.
So Newcastle were frustrated, as were the crowd, that Newcastle were losing that game, and of course after the Hull City game Newcastle went on to lose the next four games in succession, before Joe Kinnear arrived at the club, to right the situation a little.
Guthrie served out his ban from the FA, and the 21 year old seems to have learned from his lack of composure.
But we think both players have handled the situation surprisingly well, and nothing should happen on Saturday, other than perhaps Guthrie wish Fagan the very best for his future – before the game.
These things happen in football, but both players seem to have put it behind them, and we’re more than pleased to see Craig back again playing for Hull City, although as he says he’s finding it hard to get back in the manager’s plans.
Craig has just returned back to Hull City this year, after being away at Derby County for a short while.