Guthrie In Central Midfield – Newcastle Score 15 Goals In 3 Games

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.

Danny Guthrie – plays great in central midfield

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.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • boater

    Mar 6, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Guthrie is fast becoming my favourite toon player, surely a future england international.

  • Steve_48

    Mar 6, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Who as MOTM?

  • boater

    Mar 6, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #3

    steve.. Guthrie was

  • Steve_48

    Mar 6, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Good to see other results going our way in the league as well

  • OHurley

    Mar 6, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah, Danny Boy has always been impressive to me. He’s got a great engine and is developing a great eye for goal. More o’ the same please, lad!!

  • xfer

    Mar 6, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #6

    He has looked composed on the ball, and one of our best passer of the ball. You will need that in the central of midfield. However i understand why he isnt there all the time. 2-3 influencial lads occupying that position. Try talking to Nolan or Smith about that!

  • boater

    Mar 6, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #7

    xfer… true but the results with DG in the middle are getting hard for Hughton to ignore. This season he can continue to rotate the 3 and use DG out wide away etc. but next season he could be the no.1 choice for us in the centre.

  • baro

    Mar 6, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #8

    I would love to see him in center mid every game. Just keep doing what he does. Awesome win today.

  • Tommy_PA

    Mar 6, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Two parts to this:

    1) Guthrie is a central midfielder, that is his preferred role and he plays better there.

    2) When he’s playing in the centre that usually means we are playing players more suitable on the wing.

    Round pegs in round holes!

    I figure as time goes on though we will see us with midfield of:

    Barton — Nolan — Smith — Guthrie

    We’ll be back to grinding the results out.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 6, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #10

    I just hope that Hughton can see it and didn’t just stumble on it because smith was in jured again.

  • G

    Mar 6, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Been a season of 2 halves for Guthrie, earlier on in the season I was writing him off as a waste of a pair of shorts. Since he came back into the team though I have had to eat my words big time, and long may it continue. I love it when a player I write off makes me eat humble pie. Guthrie in the middle is deffo the way to go, and on current form he would be the first player on the team sheet.

  • bakerman

    Mar 6, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m just glad that guthrie is showing his worth as an energetic box to box central midfielder. He’s quite experienced already despite being only 22. He’s also got quite a bit of premiership experience and i remember him playing really well under keegan. He also has a few premiership goals and by the looks of it may grab a few more this season if played in the centre. (i’m sure he’s also got quite a few assists this season)

  • jimiley

    Mar 6, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #13

    We should play Smudger in midfield because that guarantees less goals and no goals from him. 80 odd games without a goal. I want Smudger to get to a century undefeated. A world record at last at NUFC. 100 games in midfield or forward without a goal. The team is doing it in spite of CH who will continue to play the old codgers Nolan and Smith. And Butt as well!!!

  • pondering

    Mar 7, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #14

    G , a true & balanced view regarding guthrie unlike the the rest that just read the headlines and go along with them. the very same people have done nothing else but slag the young lad off this season.

    if i blew in the wind like boater i’d chuck the towel in.

  • costello91

    Mar 7, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #15

    i said milner would be world class when he was with the toon, and i can see brighter things for danny!! hope so anyway!!

  • Sav

    Mar 7, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Don’t praise Danny too much or Ashley will flog him off to fund another generous ‘interest-free’ loan to the club.
    Like Milner and all the rest.

  • Macas

    Mar 7, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Guthrie did absolutely nothing first half, only when they were down to 10 men did he make a contribution when there was more space to play in. He will never be good enough to be a first teamer in the Premiership.


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