Toon axe upset Danny Guthrie

BATTLE ... Danny Guthrie's focused on helping United qualify for the Europa League.
BATTLE ... Danny Guthrie's focused on helping United qualify for the Europa League.

DANNY Guthrie told how his axe from Newcastle United’s starting XI “upset” him – after helping the club keep its bid for European football alive.

Yesterday’s 1-0 win over Norwich ended a run of four Premier League matches without a win.

Guthrie, who returned to Alan Pardew’s team in place of the injured Cheik Tiote, felt the result was all-important.

“We’re delighted to get the win – we hadn’t won for a few games,” Guthrie said.

“It was a bit edgy at times, but it’s another three points on the board.

“It was a very important three points for us and with players missing and people playing out of position it was a massive effort.

“We were unfortunate to only be 1-0 up at half-time and a second goal would have made it more comfortable. As the second half went on, a bit of edginess crept in, but we saw it through.”

Guthrie, out of contract at the end of the season, has been offered a new deal, but the midfielder’s seemingly heading for a summer exit after growing frustrated at a lack of starts.

He has ably deputised for Yohan Cabaye and Tiote and he admits he was disappointed to be dropped for the visit of Wolves late last month.

“I was very upset and disappointed to be left out the team a couple of weeks ago,” said the 24-year-old. “I had to pick myself up. It was a tough game to come into.”