Guthrie issues Villa warning

Team spirit is key, insists Magpies midfielder

Guthrie: Villa fears

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Newcastle United's Danny Guthrie has warned Aston Villa they must not think they are too good to go down.

Gerard Houllier's men find themselves flirting with relegation in 16th spot and without a win from their last three Premier League games.

Villa have a tricky tie on Sunday against the Magpies and have the added pressure of avenging their 6-0 thumping at St James' Park earlier in the season.

Ahead of the Super Sunday clash Guthrie, part of the Newcastle squad that were relegated in 2009, sees an all too familiar situation happening at Villa Park.

"Maybe Villa are in a similar place to where we were back then," the 23-year-old said.

"They've got players like Stewart Downing and Ashley Young - who were England's top performers recently - but they're in the same boat as we were back in 2009.

Pressure

"Villa have spent money and have good players, but it just looks as if something is not right.

"They should look at what happened to us and realise you cannot be too good to go down.

"If the team is not pulling in the same direction, then it does not matter who is in the team, you will lose games.

"And once you get stuck in a rut, it is very difficult to get out of it because the pressure then grows from fans.

"At this stage of the season, a good team spirit is more important than individual quality.

"Those individuals can still produce a little bit of magic, but if team spirit is not right you could find yourself in big trouble."

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