Newcastle will be without Cheick Tiote tomorrow against Wolves, because of suspension, but big hints today that 23 year-old Danny Guthrie will be given a start in Cheick’s place in defensive midfield.
Danny Guthrie – this boy can get the job done for Newcastle tomorrow
The usual back-up would have been Alan Smith, but Alan is out for the season with his rather serious ankle injury, and it may even be that Alan has played his last game for Newcastle, as we even expect him to be sold in the summer..
Pardew hinted this morning that although Cheick well be a big loss to Newcastle tomorrow, Danny can get the job done tomorrow afternoon.
This is what Alan said today:
“Sometimes you can look at it and say it’ll be difficult to win this game without Cheick, but Danny will come into the side, and he’ll offer us different qualities.”
“He’ll not cover as much ground as Cheick, and not make so many challenges, but he passes and moves the ball around really well.” “At home, he could make a difference for us with his passing. He can open up the pitch.”
“And I don’t think the importance of the game is lost on anyone connected with Newcastle United – fans, staff and players.” “The two games after it – Villa away and Man United at home – are difficult, but that’s not to say we can’t win them.”
“We’re very much focused on matching their work rate and effort.” “Having the crowd behind us is very, very important, especially if Ferguson makes his debut and we’ve got a young player who needs a super-positive environment.”
“Not just at the start of the game, as every Newcastle game’s been like that, but for the 90 minutes. We need them to really get behind us and suck that ball into the net.”
Alan is so right to ask for the full support of the Newcastle fans who will be the game tomorrow, over the full game, whatever happens, because the fans can be a huge positive influence on the Newcastle players.
If Newcastle can come back from 4-0 down after 26 minutes against second placed Arsenal, and score 4 goals in the last 25 minutes of that game to get a draw, then almost anything is possible now at St. James’ Park.
Tomorrow is one of those games that’s almost do or die for Newcastle, not quite that way, but it’s getting to be a very important game, almost a water-shed game for Newcastle in this season.
Lose this one and Wolves will be just one point behind Newcastle, and the Magpies will be in the relegation quagmire, which is just about the last thing Newcastle fans want, after what happened two years ago.
At least these days, we have some fighters in the side, unlike in the relegation season.
But the lads will have to fight hard tomorrow against a Wolves side, who may lack a little class, but they never give up, and they work their socks off for their side, that’s for sure.