DANNY Guthrie is adamant Newcastle United’s bid for European football is still on course, writes Miles Starforth.
Alan Pardew’s side have had an extended break since their 5-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane because of the FA Cup weekend.
Guthrie and his team-mates are desperate to put that result behind them when they take on Wolves at the Sports Direct Arena on Saturday.
The Magpies are still sixth in the Premier League, and Guthrie – who hopes to keep his place despite the availability of Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote – doesn’t believe the result, as painful as it was, has affected their chances of returning to Europe.
“Personally, I’d have liked the next game to have come (last) weekend,” Guthrie said. “You’re still dwelling on it. Obviously, the result wasn’t a good one.
“But we’ve had a bit of rest, and we’ve got a nice home game to look forward to. We’ll look to (bounce back) again. We’ve had time to regroup.”
While Guthrie – who started his footballing career at Manchester United before moving to Liverpool, where he became a professional – spent in his formative years in Wolverhampton, he doesn’t have an allegiance to the city’s club.
“I didn’t support or play for them. It’s just another game,” he said.
Third-from-bottom Wolves sacked manager Mick McCarthy after their last game, a 5-1 defeat to local rivals West Brom, and the club hopes to have a new manager in place by the time they visit Tyneside.
Former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is the bookies’ favourite to take over at Molineux.