Jonas Gutierrez was very happy after the game with Hull City on Saturday, even though we didn’t progress into the 4th round.
Jonas Gutierrez – great second half display on Saturday
But with a home tie against Hull City on January 14th, and a home draw against Millwall or Crewe Alexandra in the 4th round you can hardly blame the success starved Newcastle fans for thinking we have a great chance of reaching the 5th round this year.
Gutierrez himself had an excellent game on Saturday, especially in the second half when he made some great runs down the left wing against the Hull City defense.
Jonas had started the game on the bench after a sub-par performance against Liverpool, and when he came on after 30 minutes for the injured N’Zogbia, it was a nice touch to see him shaking Joe Kinnear’s hand.
Jonas talked today about the game:
“I was happy with my performance when I came on – I wanted to do well and prove that I deserve a place in the starting line-up next week. I felt stronger as the match went on and was disappointed not to get the goal at the end,”
“It was one of my best performances for the last few weeks and I got a bit of space to attack the defense, which I was happy about because I spent most of the game defending against Liverpool.”
“With all the injuries that we have we have to be happy with getting into the next round. We showed we can battle and we can work hard.”
Gutierrez was one of three players who were making their debut in the FA Cup, with his Argentine team mate Coloccini being one of the others, and it was good to see Fabricio have a solid game again at the back. The other player was Seb Bassong who gave another of his strong displays in the middle of the Newcastle defense, which was missing against Liverpool, and the question we have about the terrific Frenchman is just how good can this boy become?
The FA Cup is football’s most famous cup in that it is also the oldest, and it certainly brought in some shocks over the weekend, and of course we have Blyth Spartans taking on Big Sam’s Blackburn Rovers tonight.
“I know all about this tournament in Argentina. I used to watch it on television when I was a boy . I was looking forward to playing in it,”
“It was a difficult match but I think that we had the best chances to win. We want to do well in the Cup and it is important that we go on and win the next match.”
Gutierrez also had no problem with Joe Kinnear’s decision to name him among the substitutes, and it looked that way when he came on, as he looked all set to perform. Of course we’re sure Joe had told him why before he announced the side.
One thing Joe Kinnear is very good at is talking to his players and getting the very best out of them, and whatever other criticism our fans have of him, he’s hard working man, and only wants to do his very best for the club.
We cannot argue too much with Joe’s attitude, and we’re right behind the manager.
“I never want to be on the bench for any game. No player wants to be on the outside of the squad and I am no different but it is the boss’ decision and I have to respect that,”
“I understand – and it makes me want to fight and battle to get back into the squad.”
“It is only natural that we all want to play in the team, but I want to start.’’
Jonas shouldn’t fear for his place too much because he has the classic combination of skill, hard work and spirit going for him, which are just some of the reasons the Argentine is already a firm fan favorite on Tyneside.
He was a terrific acquisition for us in the summer, that’s for sure, and we’re delighted we have players like Jonas playing for Newcastle.