Scunthorpe Downer Propelled Newcastle Upwards

Newcastle play Scunthorpe United tomorrow night, and the last time we played Scunthorpe,  last October, Newcastle ended up on the losing side.

Danny Guthrie – Scunthorpe loss was turning point

Danny Guthrie talked about the Scunthorpe loss today:

“The Scunthorpe game at their place was a defining moment for us, I think, and proved to be a turning point,”

“It was a horrible night and easily the most painful result of the season. We got beaten down there and a lot of things were said in the group. “

“We knew what we needed to do to make sure that didn’t happen again. I think we’d all like to put the record straight with them on Wednesday night though.”

“We got the right response as a group. We had a moment to ourselves in the dressing room and just said to ourselves, ‘Right, this stops here’ because we were on a bit of a bad run at the time.”

“It did stop and we went on a seven-game winning streak and we’re in a really strong position now.”

The game at Scunthorpe was Newcastle’s  fourth in a row without a win, four games in which we secured just 2 points, and we thought his could have been the start of a decline after starting so well in the season.

The Scunthorpe loss as you remember was a stunning and embarrassing loss because Scunthorpe were in League One last season and Newcastle were in the Premiership.

But since then the lads have lost only one league game, albeit 3-0 at Derby County, but Newcastle are now 4 points clear of WBA and 9 points ahead of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest.

The Newcastle fans took the Scunthorpe defeat hard, and we disappeared for a day while we recovered.

What the lads should do tomorrow night, is go all out to repay the fans for their phenomenal support this season, even following the Scunthorpe loss, by giving them something special to remember.

As a reminder, in the home game against Doncaster just 4 days after the Scunthorpe disaster, nearly 44,000 fans were on hand at St. James’ Park to roar on the lads to a  2-1 win, with the great Kevin Nolan scoring the winner two minutes  into injury time.

And so a 7 game winning streak was born.

What other club receives that level of support?

A win tomorrow night is only a start.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • Alan

    Mar 16, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope we win this one. I would love to see us finish this season with the unbeaten home record intact.

    Also, these home games are going to be vital for promotion and also for any hope of surviving in the prem next year.

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  • Chris G

    Mar 16, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    I was really impressed by Danny Guthrie’s comment, when he said ‘We had a moment to ourselves in the dressing room and just said to ourselves, ‘Right, this stops here’

    I presume he means that it was just the players talking among themselves, without any input from the manager, and I think it perfectly sums up the difference in attitude of our current squad compared to last year’s

    With that sort of attitude and team spirit, I can’t see us getting anything less than 3 points tomorrow night

  • Mags

    Mar 16, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes I am hoping for a good night tomorrow and a healthy win.


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