Reading's Guthrie ready for Sunderland welcomeBy Jonny Fordham
August 24, 2012
Ex-Newcastle United midfielder Danny Guthrie has no fear of the intimidating Sunderland crowd.
The former Toon player has urged his Reading team mates to pick themselves up from Wednesday’s 4-2 defeat at Chelsea by bouncing back at the Stadium of Light against the Mackems.
Guthrie, who scored his first senior goal to put Royals into a 2-1 lead at Stamford Bridge, is likely to receive a hostile welcome back to the North East.
But he said: “It will be nice to go there. I've played there a couple of times and it’s a harsh environment, but it’s just another game and it’s about the team.
“We need to pick ourselves up quickly as we have a big game tomorrow.”
Playmaker Guthrie is already earning rave reviews from Reading fans off the back of his first Premier League games for the club.
England manager Roy Hodgson watched him curl a free kick past Petr Cech in midweek and the 25-year-old is targeting a call-up to the new manager’s squad.
Although Guthrie once again held his own against the world-class midfield of Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar, defeat to the Blues after being on top and leading is a bitter pill to swallow.
“To come out of the game after playing so well for an hour is really difficult to take,” he added.
“We put ourselves in a great position, but we have to learn from it.
“It’s always nice to score, but it’s difficult to take as you don’t find yourself 2-1 up at Chelsea very often and unfortunately we let it go.
“It has to be a learning experience and we have to learn to see a game out.
“We gave Chelsea a right good game and could have even been 3-1 up at half time. We could have sat back, but we put ourselves about and broke well - we gave them a fright.”