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Let's get ourselves fired up again for the big push now, says Guthrie.

Byline: LEE RYDER

DANNY GUTHRIE feels that Newcastle United's season is still alive and kicking - but knows that the time has come to back up words with actions.

The Magpies travel to Ewood Park on the back of an abysmal FA Cup loss against Brighton & Hove Albion, but can take solace from their next Premier League game knowing they can climb to fifth with victory over relegationhaunted Blackburn Rovers.

United can stay in touch at the business end of the Premier League tonight, and Guthrie feels that, after successive defeats at Fulham and Brighton, the time is now to re-ignite their campaign.

Guthrie told the Chronicle: "We want to do even better in the second half of the season and stay where we are.

"We're there on merit and we don't want to give anybody the chance to write us off.

"It's a big game for us. No disrespect to Blackburn or the table, but we look at that as a winnable game if we apply ourselves properly."

So much seems to have changed since Guthrie's scorcher at Craven Cottage put them 1-0 up in the capital.

The second half resulted in United crumbling and crashing to a 5-2 defeat before a warm-weather training session in Tenerife courted some negative publicity.

An exit to Brighton in the Cup has hardly helped.

But Guthrie said: "The last league game was a strange one, it was great in the first half and a very poor second half."

On Blacburn he added: "It's the fourth time we've played them this season and we haven't got a bad record against them. Whatever the squad they have by the time, we go there feeling we can win. We're very confident going into the game, even though we are coming into the game on the back of a defeat at Brighton.

"We are so disappointed by what happened at Brighton, we just didn't take our chances on the night and got stuck right at the end."

Guthrie scored another blinding goal back in October during the 4-3 defeat in the Carling Cup.

That night United fought back from 2-0 down with two minutes left to force extra time thanks to long-range strikes from Guthrie and Yohan Cabaye.

Looking back, Guthrie said: "It was a strange game against them in the League Cup, we didn't defend setpieces very well and got caught out. "We were still proud of ourselves that night because we looked dead and buried at 2-0 down. But we showed the character to come back and force the game into extra time."

It's that type of spirit that has convinced Guthrie they can pull something out of the bag against Steve Kean's side.

Guthrie said: "The morale in the camp is fine, we looked at this section of the season and we're where we want to be.

"Win at Blackburn and we have a good home game to look forward to against Aston Villa. That would put us right back on track."

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UP AND DOWN United fought back late on to take the League Cup tie at Blackburn to extra time - including this stunning freekick from Yohan Cabaye LONG-RANGE MISSILE Danny Guthrie blasts home against Fulham on a day of despondence
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 1, 2012
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