Papiss Gets The Headlines – But Guthrie Was Great Yesterday


As we mentioned earlier today Papiss Cisse will be getting all the headlines today for his terrific first goal for Newcastle United yesterday.

Danny Guthrie – looking a better player with each game

But the Man of the Match for Newcastle yesterday was 24 year-old central midfielder  Danny Guthrie, who showed what a good player he is becoming at the Newcastle club.

And if there was ever any doubt that the 24 year-old Shrewsbury-born former Liverpool player deserved a new contract on Tyneside, that’s been put to bed,  with his fine displays for Newcastle this season, including a terrific performance of attacking midfield play yesterday.

We wanted to again acknowledge Danny Guthrie for his performance yesterday, which changed the game in Newcastle’s favor in the second half.

And James Perch too had another solid performance for Newcastle, and of course the great Tim Krul in goal, who is fast becoming one of the very best goalkeepers in the Premier League,   gave another masterful performance for the Magpies yesterday.

But it’s Papiss Cisse  that’s getting all the attention today and Alan Pardew spoke about his new striker this morning:

“We’ve had an explosion of a goal from our new number nine.”  “It couldn’t be better, really. The fact that Papiss smashed it in the top corner with the left foot is a bonus.”

“This isn’t a novice we’re talking about,”   “He’s a solid age, and has a tremendous record in the Bundesliga.”

“He’s big and bold enough to carry the shirt – I’ve got no worries about him at all, even if he hadn’t scored.”  “He’s an outstanding player.”

Papiss seems a great buy for Newcastle for only £9M, and to have replaced Andy Carroll with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in the last year, and come out of it £26M on the positive side shows what some great deals Newcastle are doing in the transfer market.

And watch out this summer, because we think Newcastle will sign some top players and at least five top youngsters aged 20 years old or younger, as they will also have a clear-out of some of the fringe players at the club.

Alan Pardew was quick to mention it was a team performance, and this side seems to know how to win the close games, because Aston Villa looked a good side yesterday:

“We came up against a really good team, and in good form, and we still won. We found a way to win – that’s what this team does.”

“We had two injuries in the game. The team struggled in the first half, but in the second half we got ourselves together and stopped them breaking on us.”

“We slowly but surely built the pressure that got the goal.”

Next up is Tottenham next Saturday afternoon, and they will play Liverpool tonight at Anfield, so let’s hope Spurs can win the game and that would mean Newcastle would be 4 points clear of Liverpool.

Sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.



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21 comments so far

  • Yohan4

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    same team as Villa with obertan and Papisto starting for taylor and Best, (obertan up front and Papisto on the wing of course )

    Need ober on for bale, he done well against him and you have to keep bale quiet with workhouse wingers, takes away from our attack but where not ready to try and outscore Tottenham (would love to be wrong about that)

    I have a good feeling about the tottenham game follinging Pardews let the hair down comments as we are nor safe first target achieved they will be up for it!

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  • G

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Guthrie was excellent yesterday, as were several of the team, for me Santon stood out as the best player on the pitch, but there was very little in it between Guthrie and him. We need to get this lads contract sorted fast, even though I still see him as back up to Cabaye and Tiote.

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Yohan4 : why would Papisto on the wing? He ia a Centre Forward and Obertan is a winger

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    G – me too.
    You can only have one midfield general.

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #5

    If Guthrie keeps up to performances like that, he’ll be in the England squad within a year, no doubt.
    That was the best performance Guthrie has EVER had in the black and white shirt.
    He was all over, he was our Gerrard and Parker.
    If he keeps that up, i dunno who’ll struggle to get into the team, Tiote or Cabaye.

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  • LEROI

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    i would not say any player had a bad game yesterday, collo made a few uncharacteristic minor mistakes & wasn’t up to his normal awsome standard but nothing bad really came of those errors meh. The 1 thing i think we should improve in the next game is closing the opposition down we let villa pass to much in our half for my liking & we definately don’t want to let spurs do the same. Guthrie or Willo was my best player can’t decide.

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  • theleckworthbird

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Has there been any news on Best’s injury?

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  • Yohan4

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Brutooon – I was joking mate 🙂

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  • stoonley

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m glad Guthrie’s finally getting the praise he deserves…
    But he has seem to made a big improvement this season, maybe it’s having 2 other quality CMs to give him some competition/osmosis…
    I still think he was our best player in our Championship season as well…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCPD_B4sg78

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Definitely hoping for a Spurs win today, think they’ll finish top 3 whereas we’ll be between 4th-8th (hopefully) and therefore Liverpool will be closer rivals. It would be so, so good if we could finish above them… Realistically I’m hoping for a Spurs win tonight and a draw at white Hart Lane on Saturday. Of course, a NUFC win would be better…

    Ober’s pace keeping Bale under wraps, big, big games from Perch and Guthrie in the middle of the park, solid defending at the back with help from CM’s and wingers, Ba and Cisse threatening their goal every time we get forward. This has to be the plan. Use Jonas and Obers to hit them on the break. It could be a very interesting game, both teams looking to win it. The worst thing we could do is get an early goal and spend three quarters of the game trying to defend it… I’m sure we won’t be that negative, though I expect Spurs to have most of the possession and us to hit them on the break.

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  • oo aa demba ba

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Not just attacking ed, but he worked his socks off defensively too. Everything we did yesterday went through Guthrie, his passing was phenominal, as was his control, tackling and movement in general, if he plays like that against spurs then parker and modric will have a game on their hands. Hopefully it will only be a matter of time before he gets a new long term contract, because this lad is a serious talent. I cant sing his praises enough, ive always been an admirer of Guthrie and i think his attitude has been spot on, every time hes been in the team he’s given his all (especially the run he has had this season). A central midfield selection of Guthrie, Cabaye and Tiote is without a doubt one of the best in the league, and if we can accomodate all 3 into the team (ie them as a central midfield 3 and then a front 3 of jonas/ba/cisse/obertan/hba and marveux once he has had a chance) then we can maintain a serious push for Europe. The squad we have now isnt blessed with quality in depth, paticularly the defence, but in the summer if Carr can deliver yet again then we will have the makings of a squad that can challenge not only the top tier of the league, but also the cups aswell with the talented youth we already have knocking on the first team door. Pardew has done everything spot on in my opinion, yes here and there some decisions havent worked, but the only way to work that out is to try it in the first place. NUFC 2-1 Spurs, Guthrie and Ba 😉

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  • oo aa demba ba

    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Not just attacking ed, but he worked his socks off defensively too. Everything we did yesterday went through Guthrie, his passing was phenominal, as was his control, tackling and movement in general, if he plays like that against spurs then parker and modric will have a game on their hands. Hopefully it will only be a matter of time before he gets a new long term contract, because this lad is a serious talent. I cant sing his praises enough, ive always been an admirer of Guthrie and i think his attitude has been spot on, every time hes been in the team he’s given his all (especially the run he has had this season). A central midfield selection of Guthrie, Cabaye and Tiote is without a doubt one of the best in the league, and if we can accomodate all 3 into the team (ie them as a central midfield 3 and then a front 3 of jonas/ba/cisse/obertan/hba and marveux once he has had a chance) then we can maintain a serious push for Europe. The squad we have now isnt blessed with quality in depth, paticularly the defence, but in the summer if Carr can deliver yet again then we will have the makings of a squad that can challenge not only the top tier of the league, but also the cups aswell with the talented youth we already have knocking on the first team door. . NUFC 2-1 Spurs, Guthrie and Ba 😉

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    I would doubt that most fans would swop Perch and Guthrie for Parker and Modric, with all due respect. Secondly, I’m not going overboard on Santon – yet. I think he’d be a better right back than left, and Enrique was far more comfortable being attacked by a winger.

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  • Gash

    Feb 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #14

    It was a great result yesterday. Why though, do we give the opposition so much time on the ball. Villa seemed to be able to move through the park to our 18 yard box and we just let them?
    If we give spuds that much time on the ball they WILL hurt us. I agree that Obertan should be stuck to Bale. Nullify him and thats a big problem solved. If the scousers give spuds a hard game tonight and lose I reckon we could nick that 4th spot. Isnt the great unwashed playing arsenal this weekend ? a draw for those two and a win for us and we could be all looking to booking trips liek we did 8??? years ago to Milano
    HWTL

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  • max

    Feb 6, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #15

    yeah. guthrie really our man of the match yesterday

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #16

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

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  • WLtoon

    Feb 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Ive always liked Guthrie,i agree ,ne always gives 100% but to add to that now,he,s getting a run in the team in his best position.
    I rhink if we could field our strongest team on saturday i would honestly fancy our chances of turning Spurs over,because for me Tiote and Cabaye are a match for any centre midfield in the league.As they are,nt available ile be happy with a draw as Spurs are excellent at home.
    A win for us though,would send a massive message to the so called BIG GUNS that we mean business.

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  • PontiusLee

    Feb 6, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #18

    guthrie is absolutely back to full form, and i dont think anyone can argue that hes much better than before as well. sign this lad up, it would be awesome to see guthrie, cabaye, and tiote all in midfiled for a game. i think we would be absolutely dominant.
    on another note (its about cisse, sorry guys) the comparison between having cisse and not having cisse is so remarkably different. without him it feels like we are playing with 10 men. i just keep thinking about the time where right when the 2nd half began and Guthrie put the ball inside the keepers area, and for like 3 seconds the ball was being juggled around… if it was anyone else in their with demba ba that would not have happened. sure we didnt score there but i like that now we have 2 deadly strikers so close by, so that one can easily pick up the rebound and threaten as well.
    this is a start to something really incredible.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 6, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #19

    To be honest I am not as concerned about what will happen if we qualify for Europe as a lot of folks on here appear to be.

    I do believe that if we get a Europe slot then MA will dig deep, if we qualify we will have the whole of the summer window to strengthen the squad.

    For those that did not read it and this comes from Cisse himself NUFC had done the deal for Cisse bid accepted terms agreed last summer only for Freiburg to renege on the deal at the last minute so to all those banging on about MA not prepared to put out the cash Cisse tells it differently.

    Smiths’ contract is up this summer so there‘s wages for almost two new signings, we have to make some of the new guys youngsters as there are only three spaces on the 25 man roster.

    Smith out along with whoever Pardew thinks is surplus, or possibly more to the point those that GC has found replacements for. I recon Carr has his list in to Pardew and the back room is already working towards getting the targets and filling the squad.

    Plenty time for one out, one in, then another three in, no more thin squad lets book the tickets.

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  • ste_rico_nufc

    Feb 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #20

    would love to see guthrie in a england shirt but the weathers bad up here at the minute so doubt that italian pleb will be coming uphere its tooooooooooo colddddddddd

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  • Sav

    Feb 7, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Santon MOTM?? You’ve got to be kidding.

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