Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Prophets of Doom Inspiring Magpies; Guthrie Reveals Motivation UNITED'S MOTIVATION

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Prophets of Doom Inspiring Magpies; Guthrie Reveals Motivation UNITED'S MOTIVATION

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

THE naysayers have inspired Newcastle United to the joint best start in their history, according to Danny Guthrie.

Avoiding defeat for a 12th successive league game this afternoon would break a club record.

Playing at leaders Manchester City, where they have not won since 2000, the odds are heavily against the Magpies in today's meeting of the Premier League's only unbeaten teams.

It is the sort of negativity Newcastle have fed off.

"People have been expecting us to trip up all season and that's spurred us on," said Guthrie.

"Every week it seems as though people are saying, 'This is the game where it's going to end'. But we keep grinding results out and winning.

"When we went to Stoke, we were in a similar boat with people predicting a tough time. There's no tougher test than the three games we have coming up, but it would be nice to get something out of them and make people eat their words once again."

With Manchester United and Chelsea to follow, the accusation United are yet to play the leading sides is about to be buried.

Their most difficult phase of the season so far will be made more tricky by injuries to Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Leon Best (groin), Cheick Tiot (knee) and Gabriel Obertan (toe), but Guthrie believes the pressure is off. "I'd say they were the three best teams in the league, although I'd probably put the two Manchester clubs clear," he added. "They stick out as being miles ahead.

"Hopefully they're not looking forward to playing against Newcastle United.

"Hopefully, they're looking at it and thinking they're playing against an unbeaten side as well, wondering how they're going to get past us.

"It's nice that people are wondering if this is the time Newcastle are going to come unstuck because we're already in the middle of November. "We know this will be a big challenge, but it's one we're really looking forward to. …

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