In a corker of a game at St. James’ Park tonight, young Danny Guthrie was in good form against Manchester United.
Danny Guthrie - good display and fabulous goal
And Danny showed the watching Chris Hughton that he is back and ready to go, with a tremendous late goal, but just when it looked like Newcastle would take all 3 points, Italian striker Federico Macheda completed his hat-trick in the dying seconds of the game.
And it was another 2 points unluckily lost by the Reserves side, but it was a sparkling game, with some good performances from the Newcastle lads.
Three players with first team experience started the game and along with Danny, Spanish Under-21 striker, Xisco, returned from his toe injury, and Brazilian veteran Claudio Cacapa were both included in the side.
Guthrie seems determined to add goals to his game, and he was first to go close on 6 minutes when his free-kick beat the wall, and went only just wide of the post.
The Red Devils went ahead after just 13 minutes from a penalty, after Cacapa handled instinctively, from Macheda’s cross inside the area.
In fairness to the Brazilian, the cross was blocked at point-blank range, and he was given very little time to avoid the cross. The Italian Macheda made no mistake from the spot.
Guthrie was starting to get a grip of midfield for Newcastle, and a good move forward from Danny and a low cross saw Wesley Ngo Baheng, back from his ACL injury, side-footed shot deflected over the cross-bar.
But on 43 minutes Newcastle were level and it was 22 year-old Spanish striker Xisco, who was fouled by Gary Neville in the penalty area, and awarded a penalty. Xisco put the ball home with aplomb.
So two penalties in the first half and the break arrived at 1-1.
Mark Doninger, who has been in good goal-scoring form this season, put Newcastle ahead after 49 minutes, and now has 10 goals for the season.
Guthrie put in a good cross to the far post, where Jonny Godsmark put the ball first time into the path of Doninger, and Mark put the ball nicely just inside the post, to put Newcastle ahead.
Then on 75 minutes Macheda scored the Red Devils second goal, as he easily rounded Fraser Forster, and shot into an empty net.
Then it was the best player on the field, Danny Guthrie, who picked up a loose ball midway inside the Manchester half, took it forward and then hit a swerving 20-yard shot into the bottom corner of the net. What a goal!
But then to spoil things for Newcastle, that Macheda guy on 89 minutes hit his 3rd goal past Forster – and an exciting game ended up all square at 3-3.
It will be interesting to see if Danny Guthrie can make the starting line-up on Saturday against Chelsea – we don’t think he will, but on this form could get at least half a game.
Newcastle United: Fraser Forster, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mark Doninger, Darren Lough, Claudio Cacapa (James Taylor, 76m) Jonny Godsmark, Danny Guthrie, Nile Ranger, Xisco (Frank Wiafe Danquah, 60m), Wesley Ngo Baheng (Samuel Adjei, 81m)
Subs not used: Brad Inman, James Taylor, Paul Dummett
Manchester United: Ron Robert Zieler (Conor Devlin, 30m), Gary Neville (Reece Brown, 58m), Joe Dudgeon, Richard Eckersley, Ritchie De Laet, Matthew James, Magnus Eikrem, Rodrigo Possebon, Federico Macheda, Lee Martin, Cameron Stewart (Oliver Norwood, 69m)
Subs not used: Daniel Galbraith, Scot Wooton