Jonas Gutierrez has made it clear that today’s win against Sunderland means a lot to the players, as well as to the Newcastle fans.
Jonas Gutierrez in action – he had a good game today
Jonas was named in the Argentine national team for next month’s friendlies against Venezuela and Nigeria, and he put in an excellent performance for the Newcastle side today.
That was especially true in the second half, when Newcastle got on top, and sealed the game with a wonderful free kick from utility player, Ryan Taylor, and it was Ryan’s 7th goal at Newcastle.
Jonas won the free kick from which Ryan put the ball into the back of the net, and the Argentine again showed his energy and enthusiasm in this game.
And that helped to turn the game in Newcastle favor in the final 45 minutes, after Sunderland had been the better side in the first half.
This is what Jonas said after the game:
“It means a lot to the fans, and to us as well.” “In the first half, maybe they were a bit better than us but in the second half we took control of the game and I think it’s a good result for us.”
“I was fouled and then Ryan did that, so I’m happy – but the most important thing is three points for the team because we were away from home and it was against Sunderland, which is a big, big derby for the fans.”
Newcastle had a stone cold penalty appeal turned down in the first-half after just 15 minutes, when Joey Barton’s header was deliberately handled on the line by Sebastian Larsson.
How is it that not one of the four game officials saw the incident, when everybody in the crowd saw it, and it was replayed on TV to show that Larsson should also have been sent off.
But Newcastle were awarded a corner, so some official saw it come off Larsson.
Gutierrez talked about the incident:
“I think it was a penalty, but it’s okay now because we scored in the second half.” “I said to the ref ‘you are going to see after the game on the TV that it was a penalty’ but he didn’t see it.”
“He can’t give a penalty if he doesn’t see, so I understand. But I think he’ll watch the highlights tonight and see it was a penalty!”
Newcastle now have a good four points from their opening two tough games, and they entertain Fulham at home next Sunday.
Newcastle also play in the Carling cup on Thursday night, and it will be important that Alan Pardew field a strong enough side to get through that tie.
Gutierrez has his feet firmly on the ground though, and is looking at the season from game to game, but nevertheless the 4 points will give the lads a lot of confidence.
“We go game-by-game,” “It’s a long season and a hard league, so now we have to think about the next game.”
“It’s going to be at home, so it’s a good opportunity to get three points for the fans.”
“The fans are already happy with us after winning the derby but it’s a good opportunity to get another three points.”
The Newcastle team showed today they still have a lot of fight and courage in their ranks, after taking a bit of a pummeling in that first half, but jut like last week against Arsenal they held on, and then came back very well in the second half.
We couldn’t have asked for more from the lads today than all 3 points, and they did us proud.