DANNY Guthrie felt Newcastle United deserved the point they took at Old Trafford.
Guthrie shrugged off an injury that had kept him out of training last week to play his part in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
After taking the game to their hosts in the first half, Newcastle found themselves pinned back after the break.
But they were given a lifeline when a controversial Demba Ba penalty cancelled out Javier Hernandez’s opener.
And Newcastle – who had Jonas Gutierrez dismissed for a second bookable offence – clung to it in a frantic finale, which was watched from the bench by a shattered Guthrie, who made way for James Perch in the 74th minute.
“It was a great result,” Guthrie told the Gazette. “We thought we were the better side first-half.
“We knew there’d be a period in the game when they’d be on top. They got the goal, and there was 10 minutes afterwards when we had to dig in.
“We had to try and stay in the game and not concede a second, and we did that.
“We got the penalty, and rode our luck, which you have to do at these big stadiums, and (Gutierrez’s sending off) just made it that little bit harder, but credit to the lads who were still on the pitch, they were fantastic.
“I think we earned that bit of luck, to be honest. We were brilliant all day and worked our socks off. We’ve defended like that all season.
“People have been putting their bodies on the line. We got our rewards for that.”
Guthrie was a Man United player as a youngster, and he made his Newcastle debut at Old Trafford.
“It was nice – I’ve got some good memories of here as a young kid,” said the midfielder.
“It’s a magnificent club, and still many people’s tip to win the league.
“In my first start we got a 1-1 here as well a few years ago when I first joined the club.”
On his injury, Guthrie added: “I had a niggle going into the Man City game, and it worsened.
“I didn’t train until Friday, and I came through all right.”