We pointed out in the pre-game article that the last two times Danny Guthrie has started in his central midfield position, before today, Newcastle had scored 9 goals in two games at St. James’ Park.
Those were the 5-1 and 4-1 home wins against Cardiff and Coventry City respectively, and today was no exception as Newcastle ran out easy 6-1 winners for their biggest win of the season.
Danny himself helped himself to two second half goals, and who says this lad hasn’t earned the right to start in the center of midfield for the Magpies?
We put out an article saying that Newcastle win big when Guthrie plays in midfield, earlier this week, and it’s happened again today, although yes, we were against only 10 men for over half the game.
But the point is that surely Danny Guthrie should be played a lot more in central midfield, his natural position.
Facts are facts and when he’s in the center of the pitch Newcastle look a much more attacking force, and the 22 year old now has 5 goals to his name this season, which is not too bad for the Shrewsbury-born youngster, and the lad admits he is still learning his trade.
Newcastle could have been even further ahead of the chasing pack after the games today, but Nottingham Forest scored their winner at home against Swansea right into injury time.
But Newcastle are still 9 points ahead of 3rd placed WBA with a much better goal difference, and are currently on a 4 game winning streak.
But the team has to be ready for a tough task at Middlesbrough next Saturday afternoon, and hopefully will be able to extend that streak to 5 games by next Saturday night.
We cannot yet get carried away with things, as we still have a full 12 games to play and anything can still happen this season. After what happened last season, we’re right to take absolutely nothing for granted.
But it was a great performance from the team this afternoon, in front of a frenzied and impressive crowd of 44,464 and that makes 18 goals in the last four home games for Newcastle United. 😀
What was that about wanting more entertainment at St. James’ Park?
There will be some good times in old Newcastle tonight – no doubt.