Dan Gosling Shines In Newcastle Practice Game Against Hibs


Good news tonight in that Dan Gosling came through his first game for Newcastle , and looked good this afternoon against Hibernian.

Dan Gosling in action today – he looks good in black and white!

In the specially arranged behind the scenes game, Dan played for 70 minutes before he was taken off by coach Peter Beardsley, and seemed well satisfied with his performance.

Speaking after the 3-3 draw with Hibs, Dan talked to the club’s official website:

“I will look out for the numbers on Sunday and see what the gaffer decides to do.” “But I’m not getting carried away, I’ll just take it as it comes.”

“We have another reserve game against Wigan on Monday, so I’m sure I will play some part in that, and I will look forward to that one as well.”

“I’m tired, but I feel all right. I stiffened up a little bit, but it was a good run-out and I really enjoyed it.”

“I was getting more confident as the game went on and it’s a shame I couldn’t last the 90 minutes, but that will come sooner rather than later.”

“The plan was to play for at least an hour and see after that, and 70 minutes was a good workout for me.”

And it was also good to see Danny Guthrie also look good in the practice game, as Gosling and Guthrie impressed in the middle of the park for the Newcastle side.

Reserve team manager Peter Beardsley seemed pleased enough with what he saw, as he talked after the game::

“A big plus was Dan Gosling, who hasn’t kicked a ball for us so far,”

“I thought he did really well. On another day he could have had a hat-trick, and certainly should have had a penalty.”

“Understandably, after 65 minutes he was knackered, but we knew that would be the case.”

“You could see even in that short time that he’s got loads of ability, got into some great situations, and you can see why we feel lucky to have him here.”

The Newcastle goals came from Amble-born Phil Airey, who made his first team debut for Newcastle at Stevenage, and is a very promising local youngster, and two goals from young local defender Jeff Henderson.

Newcastle were 2-0 up at one point, but had to settle for the draw against Colin Calderwood’s side.

Beardsley continued:

“We looked a bit rusty, but that’s normal when a lot of the players haven’t played a game for a month.”

“For some it is even longer. If you look at Nile Ranger, it’s been a while since he started a game, so that’s obviously a plus to get 90 minutes in his legs. And the same for Danny Guthrie.”

“The score isn’t really that important. It was a good workout, everybody got the minutes in, and we are all pretty happy.”

It’s good that Newcastle arrange these games, because it gives the fringe players some playing time.

But as we’ve said before, as far as our youngsters are concerned they would be much better off away on loan at lower league clubs, playing every single week.

Currently Newcastle have Fraser Forster (Celtic – season), Ben Tozer (Northampton – season), Matthew Grieve (Stockport – one month) , James Taverner (Gateshead – one month), Joan Simun Edmundsson (Gateshead – one month) and Tamas Kadar (Huddersfield – one month) all out on loan to other clubs so they can get regular games.

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22 comments so far

  • kevymartins

    Jan 12, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #1

    1st 😉

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Jan 12, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #2

    1st to post 2nd 😉

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 12, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Gosling is absolute quality, he is a real grafter, good passer of the ball, very fit, and has an eye for a goal. He is also a ver very good right back.

    Is it me or is Danny Guthrie the slowest human bein that has ever graced a football pitch?? He should be loaned out to someone like Leeds to get him playing well again.

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 12, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Just hope he doesn’t pull any muscles after being out for so long….ease him back gently.

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  • free giveaways

    Jan 12, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Very talented player. Will improve our midfield.

    Does anyone else think we should have tried to sign Yakubu? He’s gone to Leicester on loan. I think he would have been a great option on loan for us.

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 12, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #6

    still no news ffs

    when the fu k are we gona get some??

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 12, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Why is everyone so desperate for news, it’s probably a good thing larsson isn’t coming as there are better players out there that would fit into our system better, larsson is just another Ryan Taylor. Personally Id love to see Stephen Ireland bought in and should have been our no1 target after HBA.

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  • GeordieDan

    Jan 12, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Did Airey get all 3 goals for us today? I thought he’d got just the 2 but this article suggests otherwise.

    Either way Airey’s a very promising young Geordie . I’ve been keeping an eye on his progress for a few years now and he’s coming on very well.

    Might be worth a punt as an impact player against the scum late on(you know, when we’re about 4-0 up). ;oD

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  • The Entertainers

    Jan 12, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Gosling was a great signing from us and has bags of potential. 2 yrs ago Man U were rumoured to Be interested in him and rodwell.
    But we still need a creative player, behind Carroll!

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  • Colombus

    Jan 12, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Exciting young player. Let’s hope he becomes a favourite!

    Now, transfer-talk!
    Why aren’t we after Demba Ba of Hoffenheim. He has a lot of abilities that would suit us well up front. Has scored lots of goals for Hoffenheim in the bundesliga,is young, has speed and should be a quality player! He’s appearantly available now for a cut price!! Let’s snatch him in front of west ham 😉

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  • baro

    Jan 12, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #11

    I love it that we signed Dan Gosling. He is the future player of this country and is still young. Him and Carroll can progress together and play together in both club and international. Can’t wait for him to score on the mackems.

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  • Macedonia toon

    Jan 12, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Danny Guthrie was involved in all three goals, from what i read about this match. http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20110112/gosling-makes-reserve-return_2281670_2264825 Two assist and involved in action for the second. Not bad at all for dany boy. I hope he get back stronger because last year he was one of ours best midfield players, maybe the best. This year Barton provides almost every assist, last year that was Guthrie, also he score some nice goals. I hope he will have another chance and hopefully he will take it like Leon Best did.

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  • Jose Enrique

    Jan 12, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #13

    GosLing is a quality player and when joey barton eventually leaves he is gonna be the perfect replacement would start him Over guthrie and smith any day

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  • willowdalerez

    Jan 12, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Agree with Ed… Loan out the youngsters if we aren’t going to play or sub ’em so that they can develop proper.

    Promising news from this article though 😉

    Sounds like we lost out on Larsson… I won’t weep over it but he would have made a great addition to our side. Do we have any other real targets?

    Clock’s a ticking and I’m getting jumpy b/c HBA won’t rejoin the squad right quick and we need some added depth now especially in the mid-field.

    Not feeling especially confident ahead of the Derby unless and until they confirm that Carroll and the Bull will be in the line-up.

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Gosling OR
    Guthrie should replace Tiote during the next 3 games

    Alan Smith – go out of the window

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  • Sav

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #16

    Sorry but I’ve lost faith in Danny Guthrie. He was good last year – but that was the second division (in old money). He passes and hides so he can’t receive again. He bottles this every time this season. Cattermole and Henderson will have Danny for breakfast, I’m sad to say..

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 13, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Baro,

    Spot on mate, Carroll and eventually Gosling will grow and excel together for my 2nd favorite international suad the 3 lions. (sorry lads im a yank through and through) Gosling has bags of talent and plenty goals in his locker.

    Brutoon,

    spot on as well mate, smitty is done, if he plays against the scum im gonna put my head through my 47 inch flatscreen and hope it kills me lol. He makes rash challenges and gives away dangerous free kicks, is a terrible passer and gives the ball away in the midfield more then he holds, i would rather see guthrie start as a holding midfielder as he is a great passer when hes in form and bring on Gosling if he doesnt perform…

    hwtl magpies 3 unwashed 1

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 13, 2011 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #18

    The way i see it, Alan Pardew playing Guthrie and Gosling against hib to ensure their are fit for the Mackems Game

    I believe Guthrie will start, and if not effective then Gosling will play there

    Like i said before Alan Smith is the only midfield in the world who CANT pass the ball

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #19

    Sav @16:
    At last, someone who sees the true Danny Guthrie. When was the last time we had to stretcher someone off with embarrassment……..? (WBA away)

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  • Nufcboy88

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #20

    I think guthrie is a good player cant see y he gets a bit of stick. Ok no pace but i think very similar to joey, good crossing and good passing skills. Gosling could b a real engine for us and i think nile needs to b loaned out looks like he has abilty but think half a season if not a bit long will do him good!!

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #21

    Ranger’s problem has nothing to do with technique or ability. Its his attitude which is going to see him and up like another Dyer.

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  • dunzer1990

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Ahhh finally the Gosling is gracing the pitch in a United shirt surely guys we should look at this as practically a new signing in January (even though we’ve had him since July) got a great engine, versatile can play along the midfield and at right back so Perch can now surely be given the heave ho. Guthrie is too prone to costly errors, remember WBA and QF of the League Cup against Arsenal to name but a few. The Bull will be sorely missed and neither Guthrie or Smithy can retain the ball like he does but out of the two I’d go for Smithy against the Mackems purely for the edginess we’re gonna need against Cattermole, he’d eat Guthrie for breakfast!

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