Newcastle Utd’s Guthrie hopes to keep place for Everton clash

Danny Guthrie is being offered a new deal.
Danny Guthrie is being offered a new deal.

DANNY Guthrie is looking to make up for lost time at Newcastle United.

Guthrie made his first league start of the season against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night.

The midfielder, playing in the absence through injury of Cheik Tiote, was outstanding in Newcastle’s 3-1 win, which moved the club up to third in the Premier League.

Guthrie suffered an ankle injury in July and he’s relieved to be finally involved in the club’s league campaign after a frustratingly missing the start of the season.

And the 24-year-old’s hoping to again get the nod for Saturday’s televised home game against Everton, for which Tiote’s hoping to be fit.

“It was important to get some cobwebs away against Blackburn (in the Carling Cup),” Guthrie told SportMail. “I’ve had a few frustrating injuries, but hopefully they’re behind me.

“The manager knows I’m ready if he needs me. It’s just great to be involved again.

“We were disappointed about not getting through to the quarter finals (of the cup), as it was high on our agenda, but we’ll kick on and get back to the league.”

Everton were the last team to win at St James’s Park, David Moyes’s side having beaten United 2-1 on Tyneside in March.

While Newcastle will be wary of their fifth-from-bottom opponents, there’s no shortage of confidence in Alan Pardew’s dressing room.

United are now 10 games unbeaten in the league this season – and 15 in total – and a win in their early kick will see them climb above Man United, who play Sunderland later in the afternoon.

“We’ve made a fantastic start to the league,” added Guthrie. “Confidence is sky-high, and we take that into every game now.

“We’ve got some big games coming up, but we hold no fear.”