Danny Guthrie played through the pain barrier a bit to on Saturday but still put in a solid performance for the Magpies that allowed the lads to come away with a point from Old Trafford after a 1-1 draw.
Danny Guthrie – in action at Old Trafford
There was news on Saturday morning that Fab Coloccini had a back problem and that Danny Guthrie was not 100% fit, but both lads came through to play well for Newcastle.
Danny was asked about his fitness problem today:
“I had a niggle going into the City game and it worsened. I did not train until Friday but came through.”
Newcastle played very well in that first half to go in at 0-0 at the break, and it was obvious that everything at that time was going according to plan.
But then Manchester United go the luck they needed early in the second half, and a Wayne Rooney shot was sliced away by Steven Taylor, but the ball hit the back of Hernandez and shot into the back of the net, for the breakthrough.
But you never rule Newcastle out these days, and they pressed for an equalizer before Ben Arfa in a run into the box was fouled by Rio Ferdinand.
Demba Ba put away the penalty for his 9th goal of the season in 14 appearances, as he sent De Gea the wrong way, with the Old Trafford crowd booing loudly. What a buy this lad has been.
For one thing the Manchester United crowd are not used to having penalties given against them at Old Trafford – it didn’t used to be allowed – and add to that it was a dodgy penalty.
Rio Ferdinand’s tackle on Ben Arfa seemed fair enough, so you can understand why they were unhappy.
And after that penalty on 64 minutes the Red Devils came at Newcastle with all guns blazing, but in another fantastic display of rearguard guts and glory, our boys hung on magnificently and got the draw.
Danny Guthrie talked about the game to the Newcastle press today:
“We were not planning to cling on for the draw – we had a plan and we stuck to it.” “In the first half, we were the better side.”
“They came on strong in the second half with the crowd behind them, but we got our rewards.” “You do not get anything without a bit of luck.” “We thought we were the better side first half.”
“We knew there would be a period in the game when they would be on top.” “They grabbed the goal, and there were 10 minutes afterwards when we had to dig in.”
“It was a great result. “It was nice. I have good memories of here as a young kid. It is a magnificent club, and still many people’s tip to win the league.”
“In my first start for Newcastle we also took a 1-1 here as well a few years ago when I first joined the club. I do not have a bad record here, really.”
“I think we earned that bit of luck, to be honest.” “We were brilliant all day and worked our socks off.”
“We have defended like that all season. People have been putting their bodies on the line. We gained our rewards for that.”
That’s now five successive appearances for Guthrie, who was part of the Manchester United youth set-up, and Newcastle drew the first game of our relegation season 1-1 there, when Guthrie, Coloccini and Gutierrez were all making their debuts in that game.
Who would have thought that season would have ended up with Newcastle being relegated?
Danny Guthrie lasted 74 minutes before he was replaced by James Perch, who to his credit, came on and did a decent job as the defensive midfielder.
With Danny now putting in a string of good performances, surely the lad has not done enough to earn a new contract on Tyneside.
His current four year deal runs out next June, and we are hoping he will get an extension.