With Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi currently injured, and Cheick Tiote and Joey Barton suspended for the game at Bolton on Saturday, both Peter Lovenkrands and Danny Guthrie may see more action after their starts on Saturday against Fulham.
Danny Guthrie – likely to get start again on Saturday at Bolton
Chris replaced both players after 75 minutes to give Nile Ranger and Wayne Routledge some playing time, and Danny and Peter looked decent, with Peter a little rusty.
But that’s all you can expect with a striker who has appeared only 6 times for Newcastle this season, as they usually need a few games to get up to speed. Peter had maybe 3 half chances, and wasn’t quite sharp enough and didn’t have the luck to put on of those into the back of the net. Maybe against Bolton he will.
Danny Guthrie showed promising touches and he sent in some good crosses, in the place of Joey Barton, and we’re convinced Danny earned another start on the right wing at the Reebok stadium on Saturday, and it’s a big opportunity for the 23 year-old to show again what he’s made of at Newcastle.
Hughton talked about Danny Guthrie and Peter Lovenkrands today:
“Both perhaps showed they’ve missed some football over a period of time, but it’s difficult to get up to match speed again,” “I thought their contributions got better as the game went on, but they’ll be better for the game.”
We’ve often said that one area Newcastle need to improve on is the defense, and that improvement can be measured in clean sheets, and the lads got their second clean sheet in 3 games against Fulham, which was great.
We could have made that 3 clean sheets in a row, but for two bad mistakes against Blackburn, but the lads this season seem to be learning quickly from their mistakes, as they try to become better players.
Certainly a few of the lads are proving they are indeed Premier League class players and they include Mike Williamson, Fab Coloccini, Andy Carroll, Jonas Gutierrez and Danny Simpson, who had another solid game at right back, and is beginning to look like the real deal at Newcastle.
Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton, among others, have already proven long ago that they have the class to be good players in England’s top league.
Chris Hughton talked about Saturday’s clean sheet:
“It’s a big positive, particularly after midweek,” “You get to a stage in a game where it’s important you don’t lose, particularly after being caught for that second goal on Wednesday.”
“A point’s so valuable in this division. It’s a game in which we could have been caught on the break, and ended up losing.” “You’ve got to give Fulham credit – they’re a very resolute side, and have been right through this season.”
With most of the lads seeming to be able to cope, and cope well in the Premier League, we have to think we may even do better, in the final two thirds of the season then we did in the first third.
And if we can do that we’ll be in a surprisingly high position in the league – but of course the number one goal for this season is simply to stay in the Premier League, and anything more than that will be a huge bonus.