Danny Guthrie takes no solace from goal in Carling Cup defeat

RETURN TO FORM ... Danny Guthrie has impressed United manager Alan Pardew.

RETURN TO FORM ... Danny Guthrie has impressed United manager Alan Pardew.

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DANNY Guthrie ended a 19-month goal drought at Ewood Park – but the strike was little consolation for the midfielder.

Alan Pardew’s side crashed out of the Carling Cup after a dramatic 4-3 defeat to Blackburn Rovers last night.

Guthrie was handed a start in the absence through injury of Cheik Tiote.

Trailing 2-0 as the game entered injury time, Guthrie’s long-range goal sparked a comeback for the club.

But a strike from Gael Givet in the last minute of injury time cruelly ended the club’s Carling Cup campaign and an 11-game unbeaten run.

“It was up and down all night,” Guthrie said. “Coming back from 2-0 down was brilliant and then we went 3-2 down.

“We came back again and we honestly thought we could win it from there. We conceded a sloppy goal at the end, which has cost us.

“It was the opposite to the last round against Nottingham Forest. The same thing happened to us (when Fabricio Coloccini headed an extra time winner).

“We’ve experienced the other side and it wasn’t very nice.”

FULL story in Thursday’s Mail ...