Newcastle confident at triple tests - Danny Guthrie

Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie says they will go into the next three games against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in confident mood.

"We couldn't go into the games any better," Guthrie told BBC Look North, ahead of third-placed Toon's tests against their top four rivals.

"We have to go in there full of confidence. Someone's got to slip up, and we're hoping it's against us.

"We've worked hard. We've had bits of luck but, in the main, we deserve it."

Saturday's 2-1 win against Everton at St James' Park, Guthrie's third straight start since Cheik Tiote was ruled out with a knee injury, was the club's seventh league win in 11 games.

Alan Pardew has based Newcastle's success so far on a team spirit within a squad that lost three of their senior professionals over the summer, captain Kevin Nolan (West Ham United), Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) and Jose Enrique, who followed Andy Carroll to Liverpool.

In their place, former Reading, West Ham and Southampton boss Pardew has brought in key performers such as Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba, while revitalising existing talents such as Ryan Taylor, Leon Best and Steven Taylor.

"We lost really good players, big personalities out of the dressing room," said Guthrie. "But the players the gaffer has brought in are top players, not necessarily big personalities, but we've stuck together.

"We're grinding out results and long may it continue."

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