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Chris Hughton uses the reserve system properly as Guthrie bounces back

By Lee Ryder on Mar 30, 09 10:31 PM

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.

10 Comments

Half Full said:

Yes believe, believe we can win this game.
Believe that win will inspire us to push on and avoid relegation.
Believe that Dennis Wise will step down at the end of the season.
Believe that Joe Kinnear will announce his retirement.
Believe that Mike Ashley will look for an inspiring and ambitious new manager.
Believe he will invest money in the first team.
Renew your season ticket and lets put all this season's nonsense behind us.
BELIEVE!

AndyT said:

Wow, Half Full. I'm impressed with your faith. Although, i'll probably be believing for a few minutes on Saturday as well. Until I see that Hughton probably starts with Geremi on the right flank again and Jonas on the bench. Please let that man put out a good side!

Graham Southern Toon said:

I totally agree with you AndyT, lets all keep our fingers crossed that he puts out a good side! Any more strange choices from CH and CC will end any hope I have of survival!
I think we have nothing to lose against Chelsea, everyone expects us to lose so put out a really attacking team and go at them.
Harper, Beye, Colocini, Bassong/Taylor(One of them if fit), Enrique, Spiderman, Butt, Nolan, Martins, Xisco, Owen.
Play three upfront, start with Xisco which would be a surprise for everyone and see if he can be the surprise package that this season needs for us right now! What harm can it do????
Butt to play in front of the back four, with Spiderman able to roam around and switch flanks, then just make sure Martins and Xisco track back into midfield to help out when needed and get Owen to drop into the middle when possible to play deep as Martins and Xisco push on.
Come on boys, put in a 100% performance, get something out of this game and make us believe you have what it takes to get us out of this mess.

Kevin said:

Has Owen ever played a reserve match? Or is he too 'big' for that?
He was on the bench against Arsenal as he lacked match fitness and form. Wouldn't a 45-60 minute run out with the reserves yesterday have gone a great way towards giving him some fitness, sharpness and confidence before the Chelsea match.
EPL matches are not where he should be building back fitness! Especially with the dire situation the club is in!

John said:

well said Kevin, if hughton is so clever, using the reserves, why didn't he put owen in for some game time? or as you say is he to big for that, or is there a fall out somewhere.

Lots of believing to do, but first you need to believe in the guys who are making the decisions, and come on, none of us do.

Ashley and his cronies, have ruined the club, and gambled on its future, intresting that lambias was asked what would happen if we get relegated, answer change the buisness plan, erm how about we are not going to get relegated as a first answer.

I wonder if they have thought, what if next week, the doctors say, luck Joe, your not ready to go back to work, are they going to wait till may then, and say to the two muppets, your the guys to save us.

Because like it or not Lee, with these two in charge, we are heading south

tooner said:

funny hughton believes that spirit in the camp is high, most of them are away on international duty!

Restless Native said:

Shearer's boss for the rest of the season!!!!!


It'son Football365, The Sun,etc. ... why isn't it on here yet?


So much for Thompson House being "in the tent" with Ashley and Llambias now.

londontoon said:

well thats him in then, mr newcaslte united-alan shearer.! i was wondering how he could just sit back and watch!? bloody fair play to him though for coming in he has offered to help i hope the players are both happy and **iting themselves.. so what if it doesn't go his way. he wouldn't be a striker if he was shot shy. we have good coaches at the club in CH and CC but we need his character to lift the players and the supports.. he did it with GR he can do it again.. if not at least there is some hope now! no disrespect to CH,CC and JFK but we need a mangaer in now not next season.. just over the moon we have appointed a manager till the end of the season -GREAT NEWS!

londontoon said:

well thats him in then, mr newcaslte united-alan shearer.! i was wondering how he could just sit back and watch!? bloody fair play to him though for coming in he has offered to help i hope the players are both happy and **iting themselves.. so what if it doesn't go his way. he wouldn't be a striker if he was shot shy. we have good coaches at the club in CH and CC but we need his character to lift the players and the supports.. he did it with GR he can do it again.. if not at least there is some hope now! no disrespect to CH,CC and JFK but we need a mangaer in now not next season.. just over the moon we have appointed a manager till the end of the season -GREAT NEWS!

Markus said:

Oh Dear. Despite your positive spin on all things Ashley just lately (what with the Lamblias interview and all) he failed to let you know about Shearer. All of you supposed reporters should be shamed.

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