Hughton Sure Danny Guthrie Can Bounce Back


One of the most wasteful things any team can do at any level of football is to miss penalties.

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Danny Guthrie – missed a penalty last night

And that’s exactly what Newcastle did at St. James Park on 18 minutes last night, when Danny Guthrie’s  shot from the spot was easily saved by  a diving Radek Cerny.

But Chris Hughton has come to the defense of 22 year-old Danny Guthrie, whose frustrating night was summed up by his penalty miss.

Chris was asked why Newcastle were off key last night:

“If we know the reasons why we’d be able to do something about it. The most pleasing thing is that we know we weren’t at our best but we had the better chances. If we’d scored the penalty we would have gone on,”

“The one thing I’m sure is that Danny won’t be shying away from a penalty if another one comes up. It’s a situation where it either goes in or it doesn’t. I’m sure he can bounce back and I’m sure if the situation comes up he won’t shy away from stepping up.”

Newcastle were second best in the first half with Nicky Butt looking ineffective, and the Newcastle boss replaced the midfielder at half time with Argentine Jonas Gutierrez.

And Kevin Nolan, the match-winner at Ipswich, was far too quiet, and while Alan Smith showed plenty of industry there was little creativity in his play.

We think it has to be difficult to play both Smith and Butt in central midfield together, because there’s just no creativity there.

Newcastle dodged a bullet last night, but it just goes to show that once you think you can win these  games easily, football comes at you with a rude reminder.

We’re sure Chris will regroup the lads, and have them ready for Saturday’s game against Bristol City – because we cannot allow a repeat of last night, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Few reserve games should do the trick…poor game last night…why didn’t Ranger or Caroll take the penalty?
    Harper would have done a better job.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    We weren’t disgraced last night…got to be starting with Harewood and drop Butt.

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  • unclepauly

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    when will hughton realize – Butt = losing. i cannot believe the number of butt dislikers on here, i thought it was just me. his passing and giving away of free kicks is just terrible.

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  • premier

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Trampoline out at training today

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  • Macas35

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    unclepauly – Bit of a strange statement since we smashed Ipswich 4-0 when Butt was playing. At home though I would play one of Smith or Butt, not both.

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  • ToonRich

    Oct 1, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #6

    I was at the match lastnight, and IMO Danny G looked lost out on the wing. And when he was on the ball he was always looking to come inside, and that wasted ALL the running Danny S did on the overlap.
    I also think DanG was trying too hard, that might sound daft, but he wasnt relaxed on the ball, & was too often looking for a pass that wasnt really on for him to play.
    I really hoped Nile was going to take the pen, not sure if he was just talking to the ref, or if he was waiting in the box because he wanted to take it?! Getting his first goal would have done him the world of good.
    I thought Marlon did well with the time he had on the pitch… 🙂
    I agree Smith & Butt cannot play at the same time…Butt on the left was an idiotic selection.
    Zurab had a decent game again along side Stevie Taylor.
    Jonas & Jose could and should have got us the winner, that combo on the left ripped them to shreds!

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  • Macas35

    Oct 1, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #7

    ToonRich – Our problem is we just don’t have enough options out wide. To be honest I would have played Geremi last night instead of Guthrie as at least he is more comfortable out wide

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  • ToonRich

    Oct 1, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Macas, I agree…we dont have any natural width.
    Cant wait to see Jonas back in full flight, he was quite timid last night. His swagga was there to see even when he was strolling!!

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  • punk skunk...

    Oct 1, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #9

    I hate this player, i hate that player…(in a really squawky bairn voice)…

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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  • punk skunk...

    Oct 1, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Good one ToonRich!..

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  • punk skunk...

    Oct 1, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #11

    macas,
    aye, Geremi shoulda played!..
    …At least he can cross occasionally!..

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  • Macas35

    Oct 1, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #12

    punk skunk – he played well against Plymouth and in this division can do a good job i think

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