By quite a large margin, Danny Guthrie was our Man of the Match in our poll for yesterday’s game.
Danny Guthrie - give this lad a new contract
And it’s not the first time that Danny Guthrie has been outstanding for Newcastle this season, when he has deputized for Cheick Tiote, and if Danny keep splaying like he did yesterday, especially in that second half, he will be pushing for a starting position at Newcastle.
Danny has been injured a lot over the last couple of years, but when he’s got into the side this season, he’s looked a very good player and the lad is still only 24 years old.
Here’s the results of our poll with over 2200 votes in, with the poll still open, and you have one vote each.
It’s not surprising that goalkeeper Tim Krul is second in the poll, as he must have made at least five very good saves in the game yesterday.
And of course Papiss Cisse not only looked a good player, but he also scored that great winning goal after 70 minutes, and is already paying off his £9M transfer fee.
James Perch was 4th in the polling and he had a good game and played well with Guthrie in the middle of the park, especially in that second half.
And it’s surprising what a little confidence can do for a player, and Perch’s shot at goal after 80 minutes was not too far wide of Shay Given’s left hand upright.
Aston Villa were the better side in that first half, but Tim Krul kept Newcastle in the game, but when fringe players like Danny Guthrie, James Perch and Gabby Obertan can come in and play so well for the side, we look to be in good shape.
And we’re 5th in the league, and now only one point behind Chelsea, who again showed their fragility yesterday, by letting a 3-0 second half lead evaporate to a 3-3 final result against Manchester United, who have had their own troubles this season, including a 3-0 walloping at St. James’ Park.
With Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all struggling this season, Newcastle need to keep picking up those points, and we may just surprise ourselves as to where we in up in the league in mid-May.
For the record Danny Guthrie has played 98 times for Newcastle with 9 goals, by our reckoning, including 13 appearances and two goals this season.
Howay The Lads!!