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