Danny Guthrie recalls Ewood grit ahead of return to Blackburn

Brighton and Hove Albion's William Buckley (left) and Newcastle United's Danny Guthrie battle for the ball during the FA Cup, Fourth Round match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 28, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Brighton. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Brighton and Hove Albion's William Buckley (left) and Newcastle United's Danny Guthrie battle for the ball during the FA Cup, Fourth Round match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 28, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Brighton. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

NEWCASTLE United showed character on their last visit to Blackburn Rovers – and Alan Pardew’s players will need more grit tonight.

Danny Guthrie sparked a dramatic injury-time comeback with a 93rd-minute goal in October’s Carling Cup tie between the two sides at Ewood Park.

Yohan Cabaye’s stunning free-kick took the game into extra time, where Newcastle were eventually beaten 4-3 by a late Gael Givet goal.

United’s return to Lancashire in the Premier League comes on the back of another cup defeat, this time to Brighton, and Guthrie and his team-mates are looking to put that result behind them and maintain their challenge for a European place.

“The last league game was a strange one, it was great in the first half, and a very poor second half,” said Guthrie.

“It’s the fourth time we’ve played them this season and we haven’t got a bad record against them.

“It was a strange game at Blackburn – we didn’t defend set-pieces very well, and got caught out.

“We were still proud of ourselves that night, because we looked dead and buried at 2-0 down. We showed the character to come back and force the game into extra-time

“We go there feeling we can win. We’re very confident, even though we’re coming into it on the back of a defeat at Brighton.

“We are so disappointed by what happened at Brighton, we just didn’t take our chances on the night and got stuck right at the end.”

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