Jonas Gutierrez, our Argentine International, has two goals this year.
Jonas Gutierrez – two major goals this year
The first is the see his club team, Newcastle United , promoted back to the Premier League, and the second is to make the Argentine squad for this year’s World Cup in South Africa.
Both goals are certainly still within reach, although last night’s poor performance at Derby County, when the side lost for the first timne in the league since last October 20th, didn’t help our promotion chances, and WBA took over at the top of the Championship.
And Jonas was involved last night in Derby’s critical second goal, as he gave away the penalty after 59 minutes that put Derby two goals up.
Jonas talked about the game today, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We didn’t play very well and it is frustrating as we were so much better against Cardiff.”
“We all really thought we could come here and get three points, so to be going back home with nothing is just very disappointing.”
“I thought the penalty decision was a close call. It could have been given, it could have not.” “The player was clever – as I went to touch the ball he put his leg in the way and then fell down.”
“He got the decision from the linesman, not the referee, but there was nothing we could do about it after that.” “It was a silly penalty to give away and I should have been more careful.” “Hopefully I can learn from that mistake and not make it again.”
“You have to try to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes twice. “I think the penalty came at a really bad time.” “We were on top and I feel bad for my team-mates and for the fans.”
“It was frustrating because it gave them a second goal when we were looking to equalize.” “I must say I am very sorry for my part in it.”
But the worst reaction to this bad defeat would be to panic.
Much better take a deep (make that very deep) breath, and look where we have put ourselves so far this season in the league.
We are level on points at the top, with a game in hand over leaders WBA. And we are 4 points clear of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, with a superior goal difference, and again with a game in hand.
Win the game in hand and we are still essentially 8 points clear of 3rd place, in an automatic promotion place – and 16 games to play.
That’s the way to look at today’s situation, however disappointing and frsutrating last night’s result and performance was.
And hopefully the lads will again come again, and start putting together another gutsy winning streak.
And the fans can help big time by supporting the team in their upcoming home games against Coventry City next Wednesday and Preston North End the following Saturday.
We have 8 home games remaining, and if we can win them all, which is not impossible, we can amass 83 points, and that has to be close to an automatic promotion place.
And we still have 9 away games to play – and we should surely start to pick up some wins away from home, hopefully starting at Swansea City on Saturday afternoon – KO 12:45pm.
The team still has a wonderful chance of promotion, and the very worst thing we can do is to panic, or to overreact to last night’s defeat – bad as it was.
We’d have taken this situation last July – after 29 games played – joint top of the Championship – and remember at the time – all those football experts were predicting we’d be relegated.
Nothing like kicking a club when they’re down. It’s a good job they don’t know what they’re talking about.
Howay The Lads – we can still do it!!