Danny Guthrie Was Man Of The Match – Sign Him Up

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.

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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!!

36 comments so far

  • hotdog

    Feb 6, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Guthrie was MOM the kid has good ability on the ball. My issue was his pace but he seems to be getting quicker, maybe because he is getting more games! Dilema for AP because on that performance he should play with Tiote and not Cabaye in my view.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 6, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Read elsewhere that Danny wants to rerturn to the Midlands.

    Don’t know if it’s true – hope not.

  • Ollieh51

    Feb 6, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    @ hotdog – Cabaye looks best when he has Cheick behind him so he can push on a bit. Think it’s a bit of an unfair comparison as when they have played together, Yohan has been the one doing more defensive work?

    Cabaye has looked a bit tired of late though…

    On another note, Guthrie’s range of passing is phenomenal. Strokes the ball around the park, great visiona nd most importantly, very economical with it.

  • hotdog

    Feb 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Ollie – So would you leave Guthrie out for Cabaye?

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 6, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5


    ya right mate, on current form you couldn’t drop guthers just like that. pards would bring tiote in for perch and then cabaye would have to earn his place back.

    cabaye has drifted in and out of too many games this season. he pops up with a killer pass and then hes not involved for a while and so on and so forth. guthrie’s defo on level pegging if you ask me.

  • hotdog

    Feb 6, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Toon Tang
    Im not saying Cabaye hasnt been good but on current form Guthrie has to have that middle slot and not pushed on wing – gonna be a tricky one for AP in a couple of weeks!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 6, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    On current form, no way should Cabaye just walk into the team to take Guthrie’s place. He has made his own.

  • Ollieh51

    Feb 6, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    @ hotdog – Really tough call for me.

    Pards can see how they do in training every day but on the face of it, Guthrie is the man on form and whether it’s been for Tiote OR Cabaye, he has looked as capable as Cabaye in both respects.

    Cabaye will have to earn his place back from Guthrie in my opinion.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 6, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Completely agree with Hotdog. I’m not convinced Cabaye is quite as good as people were making him out to be, but either way, he has a nasty attitude and Guthrie deserves the jersey. Pardew will have to be careful with thtis, because there is no merit in losing a player of Guthrie’s ability.

  • Ollieh51

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    @ toonincheek – Guthrie has already come out and say that he’s really happy and wants to stay?

    No chance he’ll want to leave for one of the midland clubs when we are pushing for Europe now.

    He’s going to be invaluable to us for the rest of this season and the next.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    What do you guys think about trying this…..Cabaye in the Barton role…..

    Worth a punt….

    I do wonder about this formation with Cabaye in the Barton role. Could be worth a try.





  • Benton Toon Exile

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    I must have been watching a different game because I thought we looked vunerable through the middle and not for Krul and a slice of luck we would have lost.
    Yes Guthrie is a good player and Perch works hard but Tiote and Cabaye they are not.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13

    @Munster Mag // Feb 6, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Agree with you. Cabaye is yet to perform in the same calibre as Guthrie recently. Yesterday Guthrie singlehandedly bossed the midfield with a brilliant box to box performance with exceptional range of passing.

    Yet to see anything of those from Cabaye.

  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #14

    No doubt that Danny’s been excellent recently but Cabaye is our the hardest working player.

    Nobody covers more ground than he does. Even Jonas doesn’t do the running he does. Without him we look a lot more stretched.

    Personally, when Cabs (and Tiote) are together in the middle I don’t worry when we’re not in possession (which i’ve never felt before as supporter, btw). He seems to always be either in the middle of play or acting as the outlet to those under pressure. I wouldn’t leave him out…..Our midfield is the kind of dilemma I like and one we haven’t had at the club for many years.

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #15


    i think you misread my post, i was agreeing with you that cabaye could not just walk straight back in to the team because of guthrie recent form.

    it is a tough one for pards but i trust he will make the right decision.

  • ArtyH

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Guthrie was billed as the young Gerard a few years ago but was hampered by injury’s. He is now getting back to playing regularly and is now finding some good form, he is still progressing and will be a great asset to our club, IMHO he is as good if not better than Cabaye, he is stronger too.
    Just an observation from their T.V coverage of the game Sky could not wait to get away from our game to comment on Manure and the Londoners, is all about London and the Manchester clubs, also on MOTD they got a full 30 minutes coverage and commentary while we got 15 minutes. Just shows the bias we are up against, hope we finish above Arswipes and Liverpool, the rest will take care of its self. HWTL’s.

  • hotdog

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #17

    #12 First half they defo got through us but for me that was because our defenders let their forward bring the ball down and build attacks without a challenge. That changed second half. Tiote is the enforcer and cabaye and gutrie will do the passing and at the mo Guthrie has the shirt.

    #12 Square pegs round holes mate – too many managers have done that shit – play obertan he is a winger, not great but a winger nonetheless

  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #18

    That ‘Guthrie to midlands’ was started by a WUM. As Perchy said “I’d be crazy to leave this club!”….same for Guthrie imo.


    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #19

    snap out of it spuggy

  • Widowmaker

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #20

    I am of the opinion Cabaye is simply struggling due to lack of bites that Tiote has provided to our midfied rather than jadeness. Cabaye is from a club that plays regular Euro footy and he has played far less games this season.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #21

    I thought for once MOTD did us justice, it was always gonna be about the big clash between Manu and Chelsea.

    Cabaye is a top player, he just hasn’t had the forward line to pass it to. Wait til you see Cabaye and Tiote with Ba and Cisse up front – OMG.

    Great to have Guthrie snapping at his heels though.

  • Dannyo

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #22

    By the standard Guthrie put in yesterday, he could be in the england squad with such a workrate and passing range. He made all the difference yesterday imo. His workrate turned a two man midfield into a 3 man, the best i’ve seen him in an nufc shirt.
    He was simply faultless and was all over the place. He was our parker and gerrard on the day.

  • hotdog

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Wor Shearer – Good points mate

    Looks like AP and Carver will have the same dilema 🙂

  • Spuggy

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #24


    What are you on, if you haven’t got anything constuctive to say then don’t say it. (and yes I haven’t forgotten that you called my a c**t in a previous post).

    Grow up.

  • Lynxie

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Benton Toon Exile:
    I agree with you entirely. Once again we got lucky by some poor finishing by the opposing team. They played through us at will in the first half, and I worry about next week.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #26

    watched the game yesterday with my girlfriends family (all massive villa fans) they were all pleased when N’zogbia went off, he’s not rated amaongst the villa fans and apparantly hes done next to nothing for the majority of the season! Cabaye and Guthrie are 2 completely different players, personally I think cabaye is a better play when both are playing to their best but he has not been in top form for a while! We tried guthrie wide right before and he was woeful so don’t think thats an option! Just think rotation to keep players fresh is whats called for!

  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #27

    What planet are some of you lot on? Cabaye is yet to perform to the level that Guthrie showed?

    Oh my………Guthrie was decent yesterday for sure, but he isn’t in the same class as Yohan.

    For me though, there is every chance he could perform along with Cabaye and Cheick. That would be the hardest working midfield in the Prem with Jonas too. But there would be a chance to play HBA with those other 3 in place of Jonas who (like Cabaye) looks tired lately. Our small squad is showing strains on a few players. We need to increase the squad size by at least 3 in the Summer.

  • Sav

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #28

    You have to play the man in form – and that’s Danny G.

  • Jan Stavik

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #29

    A fit Cabaye should play for NUFC, there at not many central midfielders in Europe better than him on his day.

    Great to see Guthrie (and Perch!) stepping up when called on, but in all fairness they are not Cabaye or Tiote standard.

    Guthrie is rather slow, and we don’t meet average players like Petrov and Clark every week.

  • Tino3Barca2

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #30


    Does that work?

  • Jamie McKellar

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #31

    Im starting to become annoyed at Sky now. No replays or analysis of our game afterwards, they just went straight on to the CFC – MUFC game

    Also, did anyone think when we played Liverfool, the pundits were a tad biased, since they consisted of Joe Cole and Jamie Carragher?

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 6, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #32

    Toonincheek @ # 2

    I think you are trying to stir the proverbial.

    Where did you read such drivel?

    He may have been born in the midlands but has only spent a couple of months playing football outside the north of England.

    Started at manure went to slitherpool couple of months loan at Southampton then loan to Bolton and then came to us.

    So is he thinking of retiring and returning home as there is nothing in the midlands football wise to attract his attention.

    I think your blog name tells it all, toonincheek aka shitstirrer.

  • digereedo

    Feb 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #33

    Cabaye lives a lot on his reputation. I don’t even think he’s won a man of the match award yet. Quite often the game passes him by. He was excellent against manu and he is good but he is quite weak and gets upset very easily. Guthrie has been our best player on regular occasions and only played half the games Cabaye has. If Guthers had been signed from france with a big reputation he would be respected much more.


    Feb 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #34

    Can’t drop Guthrie – sensational performance today
    Pards should switch to a 4-1-3-2
    Simmo. Willo. Collo. Santoon
    Cabayes. Guthrie. Jonas
    Ba. Papssto

  • Davies

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Frankly, I really don’t mind who starts out of Guthrie and Cabeye. It’s just nice to know that we have the kind of quality available to us. Of late, I’ve been feeling that we don’t have back up players anymore; simply different options. The player who looks best in training gets the nod. Very encouraging.

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Guthrie deserves an England call up way ahead of the likes of Gareth Barry


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