Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Have Got to Cure Our Travel Sickness - Guthrie

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Have Got to Cure Our Travel Sickness - Guthrie

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DANNY Guthrie has admitted Newcastle United's away from could still put a major dent in their promotion push as he warned the Magpies to expect another difficult night against Preston North End, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

Although Newcastle secured a brave victory at Sheffield United in their last away game, they rode their luck and have already lost three times on the road this season.

Guthrie admits the pressure they come under when they are away from the comfort of St James' Park is intense as he argued the players had already shown their fighting qualities.

But the rapidly-improving midfielder knows there is always a setback waiting for them if they fail to learn from the defeats at Blackpool, Nottingham Forest and Scunthorpe.

He said: "I think there was a view that we wouldn't be able to fight and scrap, particularly away from home, because of what had happened last season and the way we were relegated.

"To be fair, I did worry a bit as well. It's never been easy going away from home in this division, but we have learnt to cope with it.

"When we beat Sheffield United, that wasn't the way we want to win games, but the most important thing is we did. We have to play like that sometimes, especially when we are away.

"We have had our slip ups away from home and we have been punished. We went to Blackpool and we were rubbish. Then we had the two defeats at Nottingham Forest and Blackpool and we were going through a bad patch.

"Everyone has them, it's how quickly you get out of them - and we've shown with our last three wins that we have picked up and have started to build up a bit of momentum again. Now we have to make sure we can continue to pick up points away from home."

United's two worst performances came against Blackpool and Forest, although they have had a few lucky escapes as well as teams raise their game whenever Newcastle are the visitors.

But Guthrie is happy with how the season has unfolded so far and he feels the players are coming to terms with the Championship and the different style of football they encounter. …

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