Jonas Gutierrez will have a big part to play for Newcastle this season, if Newcastle are to get back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Jonas Gutierrez – dream to play in the World Cup for Argentina
After his long trip back from Montevideo last last week, Jonas got on in the second half in our defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday night.
But he is expected to start on the left wing tomorrow night at Scunthorpe, and we’ll be expecting some good runs from the player. Certainly with only one goal scored in the last 3 games we need Jonas to create some chances for our strikers.
Jonas said today:
“It was fantastic on Wednesday night and it was dream to get to the World Cup but Argentina is finished now and I must focus on Newcastle,'”
“I want to get us back up and that is all I am thinking about. It was very nice for Diego Maradona to say that I am going to the World Cup.”
“But I can’t stop, I have to keep on playing my best for Newcastle and I must keep up my form.”
Newcastle were knocked off top place by West Bromwich Albion last weekend, as they handily beat Reading 3-1 at home.
Scunthorpe were buoyed by a 3-1 home victory over Sheffield United on Saturday, and will be full of confidence, just like Nottingham Forest were, to get their 4th league win on the trot against the Magpies.
Gutierrez has insisted that nothing less than a three-point haul will be acceptable for the Newcastle team tomorrow night, and we’ve taken just two points from our last three games, and have failed to score in our last two games. 🙁
“I was very happy after getting to the World Cup and I wanted to celebrate with another win on Saturday,’
“It was a very hard game, though, and we didn’t play as well as we have been. I thought we did better after half-time and we should have got a draw at least.”
“But it is good that we have another match on Tuesday. We have to take the three points and get back to the top of the table.”
Midfielder Kevin Nolan, who like a lot of our players, was just invisible in the first half on Saturday, and he has today backed up the Gutierrez sentiments.
Kevin thinks things could get ugly in the visitors’ dressing room at Scunthorpe, if we don’t get all 3 points.
“It’s difficult to explain why things were so poor at Forest but when it comes to naming names I think we could point the finger at every single player in our dressing room,”
“The fact is we’re not going to come to grounds and get it easy. We’ve got to get used to that. I’m not happy at all. I don’t think anyone is.”
“We’ve got a game on Tuesday at Scunthorpe and it will be the same again. We’ve got to put it right there. We expect a reaction, that’s for sure.”
“If we don’t get the right reaction, it’s going to be ugly. It’s not going to be a nice dressing room to come back into because we set high standards for ourselves.”
Kevin also called for the Newcastle squad to be strengthened over the weekend, and said that Chris Hughton’s requests for new players to Mike Ashley had been ignored.
It will therefore not come as good news to Kevin that Mike Ashley looks to be staying on Tyneside, at least until the summer.
It would appear that Chris will have to continue to manage the team on a shoe-string – even though he is expected to be appointed permanent manager in the next day or so.
Even without new investment, it will still be possible to be promoted, but we’ll have to ensure the injuries are at a minimum this season, and have some luck, and we’ve never been successful in either area for many seasons.
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