Three Wins In A Row – Maybe I’m The Reason – Danny Guthrie

Danny Guthrie had another good game in the middle of the park today against his former club Liverpool.

Danny Guthrie – in good form for Newcastle

And it just so happens that Danny came back into the team against Norwich City, and Newcastle have now won three games in a row.

And the way Danny is playing these days, he may still get a decent contract offer from Newcastle – but he also wants more playing time, and may leave the club because of that.

We hope he stays.

This is what Danny said on the Newcastle web-site after the game today:

“I’m still a Liverpool supporter, so I obviously want to see them do well but today was all about us and we did the job – and a little bit more, I think.”

“It was built up as a big game – we both want that top six spot – so it was nice to win, and nice to win in style as well.”

“It was a good performance. Liverpool have a very talented squad but we were right at it today. Everyone knew their job and everyone did their job.”

“The back four were magnificent all game,”  “They didn’t give them a sniff and obviously the front three are all on song. They’re frightening, all three of them.”

“They always say it’s not easy to come in in January but Papiss has made it look easy and you can just see he’s going to get goals. “

“And he works hard for the team as well, playing up there on his own, so I’m delighted for him.”  “I’m delighted.”

“I came into the team when we hadn’t won for four games and we’ve knocked out three wins on the bounce.”  “I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but maybe I’m the reason!”

There was no mention of Danny’s injury so maybe it was only cramp?

It was another excellent team performance from the Newcastle side, and we could even shock  ourselves this season,  if the lads keep racking up these  wins.

It was a magnificent result today and all the Newcastle players seemed to be on song.

It’s now off to Swansea on Good Friday,  and that will be another tough game against a very good footballing side.

Comments welcome.

195 comments so far

  • gonufc

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #1

    I’d say Ben Arfa playing brilliantly is top of my list of reasons!

    sorry Guthrie!

  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #2

    I like the guy, good passer of the ball and home-grown to boot but either he accepts that he is going to have a minimalist role in the team as a decent squad player and signs the contract or he leaves for pastures new.

    Our scouting team have demonstrated perfectly that they can find excellent players from the four corners of the globe so he is replaceable.

    However, having said that, there seems to be such a balance among the team at the minute that I would hate to see any player involved in this squad leave. I said earlier on in the week that this game could sharpen the minds of Willo and Perch and by God did it not half do that!! They were immense!! Buzzing right now and seriously hope this guy stays, if he doesn’t then so be it.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #3

    There are probably many reasons!

    Guthrie is doing great so kudos to him, but the obvious reason for me is the front three and the fact Pardew has finally left the 4-4-2 formation in favor for a more lively 4-3-3.

    Kudos to Pardew!

    The back four is doing much better than I would ever imagine and I am really proud of that.

    Today was a collective performance where everybody had a role to play and a job to do – and they did. The standouts for me was Papisto, HBA and Tiote 🙂

  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Optimism Valley is now on a recruitment drive for fresh blood! Come on over! First 100 sign ups get free cake 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Repost sorry,
    Saw on an earlier post when I checked at half time,that somebody wasn’t happy with the 4-3-3,and that this wasn’t working blah blah blah,the same person would have been moaning at a 4-4-2,Pards hasn’t always got it right this seaon but I think he has got it right a lot more times than wrong.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #6

    He outshone Cabaye yet again. Cabaye provides bundles of energy, but I think he lets the roaring atmosphere get to him, gives him a rush, then starts hitting a few wayward passes. Once he adjusts that, he will be far more consistent.

    That CM trio has a nice balance and plenty of endeavor.

    Sign the blinking contract, Danny!

  • Oleg G

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Guthrie, seriously mate, it is not you, sorry.
    You are a nice player, good squad player, good sub, not more.
    The reason is Ba, Cisse and Hatem + Krul in GK + other factors (you are here).

  • TinoToon

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Saw this on a forum: “I, for one, find it really ironic that Carroll went back to his old club on the only day that anyone could think he is worth £35 million, 1st April… (that’s April fools btw). ROLF

  • gonufc

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #9

    @Pardew’s fist pump (6) – I agree about Cabaye, the last month or two he’s not looked the same quality as at the beginning of the season.

    However, I don’t think Guthrie has outshone him- he misplaced quite a few passes himself, as did Tiote’s longer passes- not that I’m criticising them, just trying to be objective.

  • joppadoni

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #10

    first of all whats this change name and bracket names crap? ffs

    waste of space types

    anyways… on todays performance guthrie was basically not mentioned by the commentators and i didnt see him do a thing really well. good game for some today but guthrie was crap. for a midfielder he got so none involved it was terrible. but the team played great over all

    now stop putting your shit name changes in.. freaks.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Also on today, Gerrard who? Is he really going to lead England into the Euro’s? Past it.

    I’m not a great fan of international footy, but I’d be keen to see a fresh, enthusiastic team representing us this summer.

  • Spuggy

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Guthrie said it tongue in cheek foy crying out loud. Don’t underestimate this lad, his passing is excellent. Cabaye is an incredible player to – got the best engine in the PL in my opinion. Tiote needs no introduction – he is our lion.

    Krul, Perch, Arfa and Guthrie are all players that have come on loads this season – credit to pardew for giving them confidence and belief and to the coaching staff who obviously know what they are doing.

    Can’t wait to see Abeid and Vuckic next season.

  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #13


    I am assuming you are talking to me? I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you’re incredibly insulting behaviour is down to the fact that you’re a child…instead of insulting someone for something you do not understand how about ask a question such as

    “I was curious as to why you have changed your name?”

    Just because you don’t understand something does not make it wrong, or weird, or freaky.

    Willing to give you another crack at that if you wish.

  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Should be “your” instead of “you’re”, elementary mistake, apologises

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Get with the times you tool.


    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Lads , who here thinks we will get 5th? I can see liverpool losing against everton in the semi final which will require us getting 5th to get Europe. I don’t understand why everyone is so sure we will get Europe. Some say it’s certain. Am i missing something?

  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Ok I will give him a brief update to bring him up to speed.

    A few posters here were fed up of the constant negativity that was cropping up on the blog on a daily basis and decided that we were going to make the blog a more positive and optimistic place.

    In order to do that we created a fictional place called “Optimism Valley” where we were the leaders of an Optimistic Utopia. We took the joke further and further and ended up giving ourselves titles within this place.

    Mine is the General Head Officer of the Smiling Daffodilers G.H.O.S.D (Daffodils and Smiles are our weapons for combating negativity btw)

    It is just a joke and a bit of fun and some people don’t like it, others are indifferent and others are just glad that the blog isn’t overrun with constant streams of moaning and demanding more from our club when we are having an unbelievably good season.

    Hope that answers your “query”

  • magpie6699

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Some thoughts on the game:
    Deserved the win although there were some squeaky bum moments early in the first half when Jonas was left on his own against 2 and they were constantly bombing down their right side.
    Perchinho was my MOTM – against a “£50 million” strike duo he was excellent.
    Pardew got it spot on – his substitution of Cisse with Ameobi was just right – Cisse was getting tired and a bit “eggy” with Skrtel who kept coming through him. Having been booked earlier (see below) I was worried he might get sent off.
    Don’t see the point of any discussion about the Reina sending off – it was a clear head-butt- does anyone else remember Tino Asprilla getting a retrospective ban for the most gentle of nods against an opponent (was it Keith Curle of Citeh??)
    Gerrard is a tosser – deliberately kicked a quick free kick against Cisse when the latter was ambling away with his back to the action just to get him booked.
    I still prefer Jonas in left midfield, helping out the fullback, providing an outlet etc than as an actual left back.
    I’m a happy bunny!


    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Is Guthrie the reason? Erm he wouldn’t be the first reason I would think of if someone asked me that question. I would say changing to 433 and Ben Arfa’s and Cisse’s form has contributed more than Guthrie. But Guthrie is playing ok and he is a good passer of the ball. Sign him up as a back up if he is happy with that. Also give Dan Gosling and Obertan a chance. I keep saying this. They can still come good. Just look at Perch. People are way too quick to judge and write people off.

  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #20


    I agree, Europe is far from certain, especially considering that Liverpool have a derby semi-final against Everton and are missing Pepe Reina for that game. If Everton get to the final the only we can qualify is if we pip Chelsea to 5th

    Although if Chelsea win the Champions League, however unlikely that may be. the Europa League spot would go to the team that finishes 4th as Chelsea would automatically qualify for the CL having won the competition, which would make even the race for 5th irrelevant.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Ruddy @15,
    Yet another insightful post of mine.

  • stevetoon85

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Be gutted to lose Guthrie for nothing in the summer….great squad player to have. His passing and composure on the ball is first class and bring a different dimension to the team than Tiote. Don’t get me wrong Tiote is quality, great at what he does as a defensive midfielder. I just feel particually at home when the emphasis is on us to attack he dosn’t bring as much to the table as Guthrie. A Guthrie-Tiote love child would be pretty awesome though!!

  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #23

    You know just how to get to the core of the matter mate 😉 haha

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Mutiny i really dont think everton will beat liverpool tbf everton never seem to come out on top that often against liverpool tho with everton your never sure whos going to turn up?!


    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Hmm OK got it, we basically want fifth to be sure about Europe. I am assuming Liverpool will lose and Chelsea will not win the champions league.

  • Jonny

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Best game this season. Was a joy to watch the dirty cheating liverpool players squirm today, most notably: Jose, Carroll, Suarez, Bellamy, Reina and Henderson.


    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #27

    I shall be supporting Liverpool against Everton and opposing teams against Chelsea and Tottenham. COME ON NEWCASTLE UNITED. I am loving this. hehe

  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Think we are all hoping that Liverpool have enough about them to see off Everton in the FA Cup, seriously think that if Dalglish fails in that match then it could be curtains for the King….

    It does not rest easy though, having to depend on Liverpool to do us a favour. It is in our hands how our season finishes, remember we still have Chelsea to play and even though they are undergoing something of a renaissance under Di Matteo they still conceded 2 goals to a terrible Villa side. Terry is slow and Luiz is quite simply not a defender, so we can do the business and make 5th place ours!! (BTW we are not out of a CL spot yet either!) 😀

  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #29

    I would say he’s probably been the least contributing factor. I think if we took him out of the side, and played this formation, we’d probably play just as well.

    Simpson—-Williamson—Perch—-R Taylor
    —–Ben Arfa——Cisse——Ba————–

    He’s a good squad player to have, but a bit too slow, and his passes aren’t up to scratch half the time. I’d happily have him in the squad, but not in the team week in week out next season, not with the players linked to the club from France. So it’s up to him really.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #30

    We are definitely assured of sixth now barring a disaster of biblical proportions,the pride in finishing sixth would far outweigh qualifying for Europe imo.

  • nufc786

    Apr 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #31

    guthrie played fantastic kept gerrard quite for most of the game well done lad but dont toot your trumpet too hard remember ur not they guy who put the ball in the back of the net twice !

  • nufc786

    Apr 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #32

    okay liverpool is a tick of the list
    embaress carroll and enrique check
    fustrate the hell out of em check
    make em feel lower than worms check
    send dogleash packing?????
    credits due where credits due but to swansea
    i recomend we look at swansea vs everton where everton beat em 2-0 brilliant tactics by moyes we shud do something similar when we play them its a tough test next week

  • 9

    Apr 1, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Good call @29


    Apr 1, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #34

    21 points to play for now lads! Best result of the season for me! Kicked the AC/El Toro monkey off our backs! Proved the ‘feeder club’ are better. And showed Kenny up all round great day!

    Bring on the tired Swans and see if they actually play us this time instead of looking for a draw.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Apr 1, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #35

    No Danny, you definitely arent the reason.. so less of the trumpet blowing please. In fact id go so far as to say you were the least effective player for us today.

  • toonking

    Apr 1, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #36

    guthrie sorry but i believe it is the 4-3-3 formation in general and HBA cisse and ba because now defenders need to be more spread out because all 3 score goals besides you could say that dropping santon has helped out too, not that he is a bad player but he was just getting forward too much.
    onto a different subject. from what i am noticing with teams like liverpool and chelsea now, sugar daddy owners could be giving clubs more problems than they solve. liverpool are looking more and more like the newcastle side after bobby robson got sacked and it all starts with the signing of carroll and suaez both remind me of how much got wasted when we signed owen who we knew was injury prone. the only thing i think is left to help them is gerrard who is the hero equivalent to shearer was with us.
    the pressure gained with spending big money is not the only thing but.
    chelsea for instance i think could be heading for trouble with there current owner because of how much he demands from managers as soon as they come in rather than giving them time.
    so it might sound like it has nothing to do with newcastle but this i think is what ashleys thinking was all along and this season is the best example of how big a difference the pressure is for managers with sugar daddies to those who spend wise.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Apr 1, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #37

    @4 where do i sign up?

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Guthrie is saying this in jest. Jeez, sense of humour failure or what? It’s typical dressing room banter.

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 1, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #39

    where do i begin ??

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #40

    ben arfa gave enrique nightmares all game. could not handle him at all.

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