Gutierrez – We Must Take All 3 Points Against Pompey

Jonas Gutierrez thought he would be moving to join Portsmouth and Harry Redknapp in January of last year, but instead he ended up at Newcastle last summer.


Jonas Gutierrez – almost joined Portsmouth

Gutierrez was asked about his potential move to Portsmouth last year, and the fact that he finally joined Newcastle.

He talked about the move to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle earlier today:

“I have no regrets.” “I hoped I would have the chance to go to Portsmouth in January 2008 before I came here.” “But I am glad that I came here.”

“The only worry is that we have five games and we have to win as many of them as possible.”

Of course one of our best performances of the season was when we beat Portsmouth 3-0 at Fratton Park on 14th December, and after that game we went on to beat Tottenham 2-1 at St. James’ Park, and we thought at that time, the turnaround had finally begun.

But after that game, we’ve won just one game in our last seventeen, and are rightly perched near the bottom of the Premier League.

Apparently Gutierrez still has his bottle of champagne on ice, following the win that day down south, and wants to celebrate with that, if Newcastle can indeed win their battle for survival this season, but that is looking rather unlikely right now.

Jonas added:

“I still have the champagne, I didn’t drink it and it’s still at my home.” “If we stay up at the end of the season I am sure I will drink that champagne.”

However, Jonas we are told, is like all of our other players, and are all completely focused on the upcoming home game on Monday night, and if we cannot win that game against an in-form Pompey side, our chances of surviving will be slim indeed, and we have to hope and pray that some men will turn up in black and white stripes for that game.

Jonas added:

“This is going to be my most important game for the club.” “We know exactly where we are so we must take three points.”

“The training has been very good and everybody is prepared for the game with Portsmouth.”

“All the players are aware of just how serious this situation is.”

We’ve heard all that before many of our previous matches, but we seem unable to go out and get the job done for the side.  It would be nice to have a repeat of the performance at Fratton Park last year, and a 3-0 win would be extra good for our goal difference, which may yet prove to be decisive in keeping us in the Premier League.

Jonas added:

“It was an incredible match and maybe my best match.” “I think that we did a lot of things right.”

“We kept the ball, we scored three very good goals and they just couldn’t get the ball off us that day.

“We could have scored a fourth or a fifth goal that day. It was, for me, the best game I played.”

Jonas needs to put in another performance like he did that day last December, as do a lot more of our first team players, most of whom are way over-paid. If they all put in a decent shift on Monday night, we could get the job done, but we’ve said that lots of times this year, to little avail.

We have to hope we can get the win, because if we can, the surge will be on towards survival, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 24, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Ohhhhhhhhh Gutierrez.
    From Buenos Aires,
    He’s Spiderman!
    He’s our superhero,
    Playing on the left or right.
    Wearing black and white he is f’ng dynamite!

  • Mikeflame

    Apr 24, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Little bit off the story but why does this lad get so much stick? seen him in flops of 2009 survey….is it just me who doesnt see why hes in the list?
    He runs and runs and tracks back and does a lot in a game! yeah he hasnt found a scoring touch and his crosses aint been up to par but its his first season in the premiership! dont know many players that have transferred and ran Man United ragged in first game!
    Good to see him giving Toon Army the rep they deserve, Monday is gonna be manic i cant wait!

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 24, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Mikeflame – I agree mate.

  • Ross

    Apr 24, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Mikeflame-was it written by a southern softy for a southern paper by any chance?…after all, he plays for newcastle and we’re the worst team anyone has ever seen so he must be absolutly terrible. He hasnt came into a struggling team, scored 30 goals and kept us up single handedly so naturally he’s a flop.
    Ignore them mate, easiest thing to do. We all know he’s an excellent player and so do neutral fans. End of the day no one media related has any plan to credit us anytime soon, they just wanna push the knife in as hard as possible. Would love for him to open his account against pompey!

  • Ewan Kerr

    Apr 24, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #5

    why spoil the article with “most of whom are way over-paid”. Its true but wots that got to do with it?

  • workyticket

    Apr 24, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Ross // Apr 24, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    “Mikeflame-was it written by a southern softy for a southern paper by any chance?”

    Ross, Mikeflame mentioned that it was a survey. On the subject of regional stereotyping, judge not lest ye be judged as a ‘thick Geordie’. 😉

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 24, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Really like him with better striking options his assists would be higher but he has the most in our team anyway.

  • Widowmaker

    Apr 24, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Jonas would be top the buy of the season list had he went to a team that is full of passing and movement.

    There are very few players with such a good engine and strength in dribling even in the top half of the EPL. Pity we can not help him to play better with our current squad.

    He is no Messi but he certainly can be an important player to have in the squad.

  • Ross

    Apr 24, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #9

    workyticket-i wasnt meaning to quite literally call all southerners soft or intentionally insult a majority for that matter, more just the fact that their press likes to have a pop at us. i have no problem with people from the south, should they be newcastle fans or not. What i do have a problem with is Journalists having a needless go at us, as always regardless of where they’re situated.

  • Doocey

    Apr 24, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #10

    He’s gonna score the winner 😀

  • Toon_Fresh

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #11


    Would be perfect timing… He’s due! I like it.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #12

    “He’s due”?

    I think I’ll invite him over for passover (over)

  • workyticket

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Ross // Apr 24, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    “workyticket-i wasnt meaning to quite literally call all southerners soft or intentionally insult a majority for that matter, more just the fact that their press likes to have a pop at us. i have no problem with people from the south, should they be newcastle fans or not. What i do have a problem with is Journalists having a needless go at us, as always regardless of where they’re situated.”

    Aye, I know what you’re saying Ross, but this ‘southern press’ thing is deceptive and just an accident of geography. Most of their reporters weren’t born in London, they have come from all over the place (even the North East). The same is also true of the owners. The biggest and nastiest one is from Australia in case you’ve forgotten. They only operate from London because that’s the capital and that’s where all the action is.

  • Dragonera

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #14


    “We all know he’s an excellent player and so do neutral fans.”

    Exactly, mate. I have spoken to yids, irons, gooners, blues and reds and the majority think he is our best player by a mile.

  • workyticket

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #15

    BTW Ross, did you know that Anal Oliver is now a muckraker for ‘The People’? Do you see my point yet?

  • jimiley

    Apr 24, 2009 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #16

    NUFC team to play Portsmouth
    Beye Moncur Woodgate/Albert Enrique
    Ginola Gaza Beardsley Mitchell
    Shearer Gallagher
    We might win!

  • Dragonera

    Apr 24, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Team for Pompy


  • IrishMan

    Apr 24, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Maybe if we say that this isn’t a “must win” game, we’ll win it!

  • Ross

    Apr 24, 2009 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Worky-aye mate, i fully understand what you mean. End of the day it is just a hub for the papers and reporters from far and wide write for them, its just frustrating thats all. I do see your point though, there’s plenty of journalists from up north who will slate us too- and as far as performances on the pitch go, i’d be tempted to say there’s even times they deserve it.
    Its just frustrating, thats all. We do get the odd bit of positive press however which im sure we’re all greatful for!

  • RyanToon

    Apr 25, 2009 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #20
  • spiderpig

    Apr 25, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #21

    jonas needs a goal its as simple as that,he was bought in as an attacking midfielder/winger and is yet to get judged on stats i’m afraid.if you got judged on effort we would all be praising alan smith and nicky butt.

  • korn8

    Apr 25, 2009 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #22

    Mikeflame: i agree totally with you. I think Jonas represent something of a mix between beeing aggressive(typical PL) and also quite good with the ball(the lad certainly have flair). It`s not easy to say who is our best player, but i think Jonas is our best winger at least.

    And the way he introduced himself(as a sub) at Stoke sums him up really, hard working both defensively and at the last attacking third on the pitch. Great buy for us!

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 25, 2009 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #23

    Jonas he lived in a whale, he built his home in a fish’s abdomen, Jonas he lived in a whale!

    The lad is breath of fresh air. Passion and loyalty in obvious abundance.
    He cannot be blamed for a lack of ‘end product’ when the ‘developers’ don’t hit their deadlines and the ‘sales team’ supply him with no leads.

    Jonas, we need 10 more like you mate. Kettle’s always on.


  • Rodzilla

    Apr 25, 2009 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #24


    Come on the United. Wooo

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 25, 2009 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #25

    …to paraphrase, HAWAY MAN! A whole city is at stake here!

    3 NOWT!




  • korn8

    Apr 25, 2009 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #26

    and if we look a bit after the Pompey match: we SHOULD win against Boro, and Fulham are as awful as us when they are away from us! Of course we can win the next three home matches, at least we SHOULD be able to do that…

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 25, 2009 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #27
  • Rodzilla

    Apr 25, 2009 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #28

    Farenheit 451

    …it’s obviously a sign.

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 25, 2009 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #29




  • jim

    Apr 25, 2009 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #30

    well the mackems think their safe-and maybe they are-but u can never speak to soon-after their (away) game at west brom today, they have a pretty tough run in ide say-anyway were due a change of luck and have to think positive and forward now-if we can beat portmouth on monday-and we can-we mite just go to anfield witha little more hope and pride and maybe even make them drop 2 points by gettin a draw-its not impossible-if results go in our favour today and tmoro we could be looking a bit more optomistic going into the liverpool game,anyway-lets push the piana with the support and see what we can get the attacking formation to do-they mite remember how good it feels to actually score some and dare i say win! lol viduka can hold the ball up well and martins and owen and he can surely bag a cple or more-then maybe bring on nile ranger ide say with half hour to go-haway the lads! bring the noise! il be in leazes corner with the bairn-theres still tickets left get ya arses there !

  • davis_toons

    Apr 25, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #31

    If we play Big Sam methods of 5 men’s defence with Duke supporting OM upfront. Can we draw Liverpool?

    I’m not thinking of the Portsmouth match. I believe the truly faithfully Newcastle players will take care of it.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Apr 25, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #32

    Love him so much

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 25, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #33

    Morning all.

    Im stuck at work and is:

    Im hoping that results today do go in our favour.
    I think rafa’s boys will do one on Hull for sure and the wigan will more than likely spank sam allerdyces 10 defenders and a goalie team on Sunday.

    The smogs vs arsenal is a concerning game as the smogs can be a bogey team for Arsenal. having said that the smogs have been rubbish this season. Lets hope the wengerboys’s russion connection can bag a brace or treble.

    Im REALLY of mixed emotions for Monday. Nervous, excited, terified, confident.

    Still think 2 – 1 result.


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