Newcastle had a good week last week following the disappointing 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.
Danny Guthrie – should be available for QPR game
Newcastle beat Manchester United 3-0 in their best display for many a year last Wednesday, and their first win against the Red Devils in over ten years.
And then Newcastle got through to the 4th round of the FA Cup last Saturday by beating Blackburn 2-1, and that was with the help of one of the best goals ever seen at St. James’ Park, by the mercurial 24 year-old Frenchman Ben Arfa.
In fact we’ll put a video of that goal in the right hand column on the home site later today, and keep it there forever.
Alan Pardew is not surprisingly upbeat over the last couple of games, and he said this to the local press today:
“I don’t think this was as important as the Manchester United game.” “We needed to beat a top team, and to do that in the style we did means it has been an unbelievable week for us.”
“In the second half, we were as good as we were against Manchester United, make no mistake about that, and with different personnel. I am absolutely delighted with the players.”
“Davide and Jonas were brilliant in the second half.” “I don’t think there are many teams who can cope with them coming down that side and their energy.”
“They did it against Manchester United and they did it again against Blackburn. I was really, really pleased.”
Danny Simpson picked up a shoulder injury on Saturday, but it’s too early to know how bad it is.
But the good news is that Danny Guthrie could be fit for the game on Sunday afternoon, and he will probably be part of the squad against the currently manager-less QPR , who sacked Neil Warnock yesterday.
Pardew talked about Danny Simpson’s injury and Danny Guthrie’s potential return to the squad for next weekend:
“Danny hurt his shoulder. Guthrie will have a week’s training and he will play himself into contention, I would think.”
With both Santon and Ryan Taylor so flexible, then if Danny Simpson cannot make the QPR game on Sunday, then either Ryan Taylor will come in at right back, or else Davide will move over to right back and Ryan could come in at left back.