Several Newcastle Players Showing Improvement In Premier League

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.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Hatem Ben Arfa

    Nov 15, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Off the topic..

    Is it true Lua Lua has broken he’s leg or something? 😮

  • Hatem Ben Arfa

    Nov 15, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #2


  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Nov 15, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Our attack is too much focused on Carroll. We play boring football with long only. I wanna see Lovenkrads and Xisco up front against bolton.
    It was a big mistake from Hoots only to use long balls against a man like Hangeland.

  • nuttyward

    Nov 15, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #4

    i still think BEST has something in him.
    I would put him up front with RANGER and put loverman on the right wing


  • tdt

    Nov 15, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Maybe we should try something like this:





  • Thump

    Nov 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Xisco ahead of Ranger. He didn’t impress me at all the last game. Maybe even Best, tbh

  • tdt

    Nov 15, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes, I was at the game on saturday and I was underwhelmed by both Lovenkrands and Ranger, however either of them can play great when on form. Guthrie was also disappointing.

    The problem is we dont have significant deapth yet, with is why I’m inclined to give said players another chance on saturday. I’m not convinced smith is good enough to play at DM, but CH might think differently. Not seen much of Xisco ever really. Nile blows hot and cold, as does nolan.

    But, I still think we can be a good team if they all pull together and give full commitment and determination. That is why there is several combinations that I think could work come saturday.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 15, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Nuttyward, we saw Lovenkrands as a big disappointment last year on the wing. For better or worse, he needs to be in the middle.

    I’d drop Nolan back to DM. Put Danny G running the show.

    I think CH will make as few changes as possible for Bolton. But if worse comes to worse, I would like to see Jonas flipped to the right side & try Xisco on the left. Or have them flip-flopping as the game progresses.

    These are wild ideas, and I’m sure CH will find something far more workable than completely upsetting the pot.

  • G

    Nov 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Assuming Best is fit and ready, then I would start him in AC’s place. He did everything right last season, and in pre-season he looked class. If only that elusive league goal would come his way to get the ‘stupid brigade’ off his back.

  • CT

    Nov 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Assuming Carrol/Shola out, away to Bolton we need a strong defensive formation that can be fluid and quick on the break:
    ———————Xisco(or Best)
    This would allow Ranger/ Nolan/Jonas to support Xisco on the break.

    Collo would help protect the back 4

  • brklyngeordie

    Nov 15, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #12

    I think the boards are way off with the selection of Xisco are you serious?? My starting XI would be Krul, Simpson, Willo, Colo, The Bull, Routledge, Guthrie, Smith, Jonas, Nolan, Ranger… My reason is Bolton are very quick down the wings with petrov and the korean so we need both pacy wingers in for us to work there socks off and make theres as well.. Smith in the middle for his toughness and wisdom will be good and guthrie will provide the class.. Ranger is big enough to disrupt Boltons giants CB’s but quick enough to give them fits.. What do u guys think??

  • jimiley

    Nov 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #13

    We play the long ball to two big men and everybody thinks its OK. Nobody seems to be complaining Sam Allardyce got slaughtered for the same thing. Could our approach explain after the Mackem game and the win at the Gooners that 41,000 turned up for the Blackburn game. Worrying times and God knows what the gate will be if we slip down the league.

  • CT

    Nov 15, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Jimiley, agreed against Bolton it would be stupid.
    My line up at 11 will give solidity at the back and fluidity in the middle and up front.
    Jonas can go right(which personally since he`s rightfooted means he can get to the byeline), Xisco can go left( Villa game) and Ranger can go up front. Nolan supporting and Guthrie creating.

  • Jarra

    Nov 15, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Great fun being the manager without the stress so for my team for Saturday with the assumption Carrol is out.
    Colo Sol Williams
    Simpson Enrique
    Ranger Guthrie Nolan Jonas

    And yes I would be delighted with a goaless draw.

  • Jarra

    Nov 15, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Re my previous I would like to reiterate I would be playing 3 center backs two wing back 4 in midfield and Lovenkrands to run his socks off.

  • Darling27

    Nov 15, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Team Vs Bolton



  • kellan

    Nov 15, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Guthrie is far too slow for the premier league – I would play Routledge in front of him every time. If we play Smith, Nolan and Guthrie at Bolton we will be overun in midfield for sure.

  • balubas1

    Nov 15, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #19

    kellan – agree. Guthrie is lacking more than he would bring to the game.. his crosses are very good at times, but he’s too slow and weak. If guthrie were to play, I would like to see him in a central role.

    and some of this lineups.. someone played too much FM?

  • Brutooon

    Nov 15, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Guthrie best position is centre midfield. Guthrie replace Tiote

    Routledge/Raylor play on the right midfield

    Ranger and Lovenkrands/Xisco starting

  • gorskino10

    Nov 15, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Xisco ahead of Ranger. He didn’t impress me at all the last game. Maybe even Best, tbh

    WHAT he was only for like 15 Minutes and got a player sent off on a 1-1 and did more than Lovenkrants/Xisco has done in the games they have played in. Ranger is a country mile better than Best

  • chuck

    Nov 16, 2010 at 5:04 AM

    Comment #22

    Some observations on this particular blog

    Ah !North Atlantic Mag says, were playing boring football, (possibly cause were not winning)

    Nuttyward, wants Cisco and ranger up front.

    TDT is underwhelmed and believes one of the leagues top scorers (Nolan) blows hot and cold.

    Bee guy wants Guthrie running the show, with the same high scoring Nolan dropping back to a DM role.

    Wants a 4-1-4-1 line up,

    Jarra wants 3-2-4-1 and reiterates he wants 3 CB`s, 2 wing backs, 4 in midfield and Lovenkrands running his ass off up front, hmmm!

    Bulubas1 thinks Guthries crosses at times are very good and therefore wants him playing in the middle, ?.

    brutoon wants Guthrie to replace Tiote, in the midfield.
    Well for a guy who does`nt get that many starts Guthrie has been given a lot of conflicting roles in this blog !

  • balubas1

    Nov 16, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #23

    OMG. Chuck. Guthrie has good passsing ability.. therefore place him in the middle to create plays. On the right wing he has no chance of contributing defensively on this level.

  • balubas1

    Nov 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #24

    But I must agree with u on the some of the hopeless FM bloggers here..

    No wonder stupid stories like CH possibly being sacked reached out with this many strong minded fans with no footballing knowledge.

  • chuck

    Nov 16, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Just craic pal !


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