Danny Guthrie had a very good game for Newcastle United on Wednesday night in the 4-3 Carling Cup defeat at Blackburn.
Danny Guthrie – contract runs out next summer
And it was Danny who started that amazing comeback late in the game, when he rifled in Newcastle’s first goal of the night three minutes into injury time.
And that allowed the amazing Yohan Cabye to score the equalizer from a free kick a couple of minutes later, to take the tie to extra time.
But Newcastle had no luck in that game, and for once – literally – they were beaten.
And that defeat ended the club’s 14 game unbeaten run, stretching back to the end of last season, and we need to see a positive response from the side at Stoke City on Monday night, in a game that will be very tough.
This is what manager Alan Pardew said today:
“It won’t have knocked our confidence,” “The feelgood factor is still there. No team ever stays unbeaten – you just have to respond.”
“Had Spurs won this month’s game 2-1 and we didn’t respond like we did, that would have been a very different feeling to what we’ve got now.”
“There was honor in the performance at Blackburn and looking at my players individually, even though one or two were slightly below par, I thought the guys who came on, Danny Guthrie in particular, did well.”
“There were big bonuses to take away from that.”
Cheick Tiote is still only 50-50 for the Stoke game, and if there are any doubts about him at all, then we’ll see Danny Guthrie get another chance in the center of midfield at the Britannia Stadium.
And since Danny’s contract runs out next summer, he will be desperate to play well, in what could be another rare opportunity for the Shrewsbury-born player to impress Alan Pardew.
Cheick Tiote, if he misses the game on Monday night, will in all likelihood be back for the game against Everton at home next Saturday afternoon, in the early 12:45 pm kick off game.