Guthrie: I thought my Reading FC career was overBy Jonny Fordham
January 23, 2013
Danny Guthrie felt his Reading career was over less than a month ago.
Following a series of Royals rumbles with manager Brian McDermott the midfielder looked like he was quickly heading for the Madejski Stadium exit door in the January transfer window.
The 25-year-old has recently returned to the side and helped Reading collect four wins in their last five games heading into Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round clash at home to Sheffield United.
But when asked if he thought he wouldn’t play for Reading again after his troubles he admitted: “I did. I had to start from the bottom and earn everyone’s trust.
“The only way I could do that was to play, work my socks off for this team and add my little bit of quality.
“We’re going to need everyone to be on top of their game. We can’t have any passengers and everyone’s mentality is like that at the moment – we are all putting a shift in.
“We have won lots of games and got points recently from the last 20 minutes where other teams start to feel the pace. We can finish strong.
“I’m getting back to my best and I will get stronger. It feels nice after what has gone on and I think that is reflected in the way the team is picking up too.”
This Saturday will be a welcome break from Premier League action for Guthrie.
The ex-Newcastle United man was given a 30-minute cameo as a substitute in the 3-1 third-round win at Crawley Town.
And with McDermott having Jem Karacan, Mikele Leigertwood, Hope Akpan, Daniel Carrico and Jay Tabb to choose from in midfield the Royals boss could rest several players.
“It’s nice to switch off from the league,” continued Guthrie
“It’s a massive pressure every week and nice to have that break off the back of the win and look forward to the FA Cup. But you have to have a winning mentality and we want to keep that.”
One player who could be in for a start is goal hero Adam Le Fondre, the man who came off the bench to score twice in the 2-1 win against Guthrie’s old club on Saturday, helping Royals to their first-ever win at St James’ Park.
And Guthrie added: “Alfie is quality in the penalty area – he’s deadly, frightening.
“It’s unbelievable as he hasn’t done it by starting every week either, which is testament to him.
“I know he must be aggrieved to not have started more, but it shows how mentally strong he is to come on and still play like that.
“If a chance falls to anyone I would want it to fall to him. He’s a poacher, a horrible sniffer!
“Alfie is decent on the ball, but can finish from anywhere. He’s a massive player for us.”