Chris Hughton uses the reserve system properly as Guthrie bounces back
Once upon time reserve team football used to prove a valuable tool when it came to bringing back injured stars to the first team - but then football went big time and these days you've got more chance of seeing Mark Viduka taking part in a synchronised swimming competition than on the field in the not so flashy FA Premier Reserve League.
Tonight though some of that changed as Chris Hughton handed starts to Danny Guthrie, Xisco and Cacapa in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester United.
All three put in good shifts with Xisco netting from the spot and Guthrie smashing home what he thought was the winner either side of Mark Doninger's 10th goal of the season.
Man U's Macheda also netted a hat-trick for the visitors but having Guthrie back for Hughton may provide a bit of a boost for the caretaker boss against Chelsea.
Apart from Guthrie's goal he shone for Newcastle and gives Hughton an interesting choice between Kev Nolan, Nicky Butt and the ex-Liverpool kid when Chelsea roll into Toon.
OK, it's doom and gloom central at the moment on Tyneside and this blog entry isn't trying to hide from that.
But unless we start tapping into the few positives we've got, then we may as well just order our Championship ground guides here and now.
Earlier in the day Hughton was upbeat in his local media briefing with the Chron and within the camp, the aim is three points on Saturday.
Obviously the world of football is expecting a comfortable win for the Blues but as Hughton slipped out of St James's tonight, you could see he was still believing.