Danny Guthrie apparently had a good run in the reserves’ 4-3 defeat to the mackems this week and hopes he might be in Alan Pardew’s plans for Monday.
Guthrie said: “The main thing was to come through with no injuries or recurrences.
“It’s been about two months now and I really want to start kicking on.
“It’s been really tough just watching and doing my own mini pre-season next to the lads training.
“Hopefully I can now get involved on Monday.“
Personally, I think he’ll be lucky to make the bench on Monday but good luck to him anyway.
Meanwhile Joey Barton has nothing but praise for Newcastle fans and said:
“The fans were brilliant at Newcastle. In my last couple of seasons there, they’ve supported the football club through thick and thin. I’ll always have a relationship with them.
“We had a journey with them – not just me but a number of players in the squad, when the club dropped out of the Premier League. That could have been a difficult and turbulent time in the club’s history but we regrouped as a playing staff and decided we’d dig deep and not only get the club back to the Premier League, but stabilise it quite comfortably last season. What’s gone is gone.
“I’m never going to say a bad word about the football club or the fans. I wish them every success.“
Thanks Joey but I’m hoping that success begins with a win against your lot on Monday.
QPR brought in Jay Bothroyd, Kieron Dyer, Danny Gabbidon, Bruno Perone, DJ Campbell, Brian Murphy, Luke Young, Armand Traore, Tommaso Trani, Shaun Wright-Phillips and of course Joey Barton during the summer transfer window. That’s 11 players! They seem to be a club with ambition who are well-financed but it’s going to take time for Neil Warnock to get them all playing as a unit and think we’re playing them at the best time (post-transfer window, anyway).
We have the advantage of having had a lot of our new transfers early in the window and Pardew has had the pre-season and 4 games with them, so we should be a little more settled.
I’ll go for a 2-2 draw, which is the prediction I made in our competition.