Jonas Gutierrez, fresh from his success for Argentina in mid-week when they defeated Germany 1-0 in Munich, scored a superb second-half individual goal this afternoon.
And as promised, Jonas got out that famous mask, and for the first time at Newcastle donned his Spiderman mask – to the absolute delight of the almost 45,000 Newcastle fans at the game.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton acknowledged the Argentine winger after the game. Jonas’s display had added some panache to Newcastle’s surge back to the Premier League this afternoon.
Jonas’ goal was Newcastle’s fourth against a 10 man Barnsley side, after their goalkeeper Luke Steele had been sent off just before the half time whistle, when he brought down Peter Lovenkrands in the penalty area.
A delighted Chris Hughton talked about Gutierrez’ goal after the game:
“I don’t know if it was worth the wait, but it was a wonderful goal.” “For us, the most important thing is his overall contribution and we can’t fault that.”
“He was excellent today, a player playing with real confidence.” “As a player, can he add more goals to his game?”
“Yes, I think he can, but the most important thing is if he keeps giving us contributions like that, we will certainly be happy with that.”
Until the sending off of the Barnsley goalkeeper, the game had actually been very even, and as expected the Barnsley manager didn’t agree with the sending off, which turned the game clearly into Newcastle’s favor.
To their credit the Magpies took advantage of their extra man by tearing the Tykes apart after the break.
Barnsley manager Mark Robins, who has done a fine job at Oakwell since taking over in early September, said after the game:
“The disappointment was the sending-off, because that was the pivotal moment in the game.”
“It’s dubious whether there was any contact made, but I am told by the referee now that the rule is that it’s a trip or an attempt to trip in the penalty area, so I don’t know.”
“The goalkeeper tells me he didn’t make any contact and Peter Lovenkrands confirmed that after the game. He never touched him, but he had to go down.”
Substitute keeper David Preece’s first action was to pick the ball out of the back of the net after Peter Lovenkrands had converted his second successive the penalty.
And then just 3 minutes into the second half the Danish striker made it 2-0 with a header and the rout was on.
Danny Guthrie managed to get a couple of goals, there was the great Gutierrez effort, and then captain for the day, Kevin Nolan notched his 13th goal of the season and it was 6-0 after just 71 minutes.
But Newcastle again conceded a late goals when a misunderstanding between Simpson and Coloccini after 83 minutes, let in Daniel Bogdanovic.
That ended what should have been Newcastle’s 20th clean sheet of the season – a rare lack of concentration at the back after Newcastle were 6-0 up.
And as we expected and rightly so, Hughton is still taking absolutely nothing for granted as he said:
“I don’t think you can.”
“As good as we were today, we have some very tough games coming up and we are also aware that a couple of poor results, a couple of defeats, others getting wins.”
“Life becomes harder and the gap becomes tighter, so I don’t think you can afford to.”
Well said Chris, and the only thing that matters now, is how we can can beat Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium next Saturday afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!