Both Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson had very good games for the Newcastle Reserve side last night at the Benton training grounds in the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.
Danny Guthrie – in action last night – notice Chris on the touchline
Guthrie played the whole 90 minutes and was industrious and looked good for the experienced Newcastle side, and Simpson played 75 minutes and also looked good, as he continually attacked down the right wing, in his first game back from the ankle injury he picked up late last season.
After the game Danny Guthrie declared himself fully fit to Newcastle United TV, for the game against Wigan a week come Saturday, and with another Reserve team game next week at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool next Wednesday, both lads could be getting another run-out at that time to get more match fit.
Aston Villa fielded a young side, and were managed by Kevin MacDonald, but after the game a positive as ever Peter Beardsley was pleased with the performance and the point.
Peter thought the watching manager Chris Hughton would have been pleased with the performance of his two returning players last night.
Alan Smith, Xisco and Ryan Taylor also played last night so it was quite an experienced Newcastle side in fairly even game, which could have gone either way.
Also due back in training within about a week is Steven Taylor, who could become a big player for Newcastle United this season, because of his previous experience at his home town club and in the Premier League.
Newcastle Reserves: Ole Soderberg, Danny Simpson, Paul Dummett, Matthew Grieve, James Tavernier, Ryan Taylor, Alan Smith, Danny Guthrie, Shane Ferguson, Xisco, Phil Airey.
Subs: Jeff Henderson, Jak Alnwick, Patrick McLaughlin, Ryan Donaldson, Sammy Ameobi.
Aston Villa Reserves: Elliot Parish, Durrell Berry, Ellis Deeney, Jonathan Hogg, Ciaran Clark, Shane Lowry, Josh Barton, Ebby Nelson-Addy, James Collins, Daniel Johnson, Courtney Cameron.
Subs: Graham Burke, Andrew Marshall, Connor Taylor, Arsenio Halfhuid, Sebastien Jenkins.
Referee: R Clark