Jonas Gutierrez seems to have taken some the interview duties yesterday and today.
Jonas Gutierrez in action for Argentina
Jonas seems pleased that Newcastle are more consistent than they were last season, and whereas last term Newcastle would play well against the top teams, like beating Arsenal 1-0 away, they also came a cropper more than once when they played poorly asgainst the lesser sides in the league.
The 5-1 defeat at Bolton is a good example of a game last season when Newcastle didn’t show up, and after that game Newcastle had both center-backs, Coloccini and Mike Williamson, suspended for three game,s so it was truly a disastrous game for Newcastle.
But Newcastle are more consistent this season, at least so far, and the Magpies have won six and drawn four of their 10 games in all competitions.
This is what Jonas said today:
“Every season is different. Last season we did well against good teams and lost against the poorer teams.”
“This season we have drawn against the top teams so far like Tottenham and Arsenal and we are beating the teams we should be beating. We look strong but we have to keep that up.”
“The fans have helped us. They are enjoying it now more than they have before while I have been here.” “In the past when we have been losing they have not liked it. Now we are winning games they are clearly happier.”
“The smiles on the faces of the fans are greater now. We are learning about the mistakes we make.” “We have to keep going. It is a long season and in all of the games that come along we are looking better.”
“I don’t care about what people think about Newcastle. All I am bothered about is making sure we improve with every game and stay focused.”
“It will be hard to stay in the top four. There are a lot of good teams in the league but at Newcastle we are trying to play good football and keep the ball. Nobody has beaten us yet, so we deserve to be fourth.
“We have a great opportunity next weekend to take the three points at home to Wigan Athletic. “Against Tottenham many would not have thought we would win but we came very close to beating Spurs.”
“We are playing really well.”
We’ll see just how Newcastle play against a weaker side this Saturday afternoon when Wigan come to Toon, and on paper it looks like an easy win for the Tyneside club.
But things never seem to always work out the way you expect them, as we all know.
But we also have to believe that Alan Pardew will have his side ready, and any player who treats the game lightly will not last long on the pitch, with so many good players only waiting to get their chance in the first team.
Tottenham Hotspur were a stern test last Sunday, and Wigan will proved a different kind of test this Saturday.
Let’s hope the Newcastle team turns up like it did last Sunday against Spurs, especially in that pulsating second half.
One of my Doctors yesterday told me he had watched the game on Sunday (he’s an Arsenal supporter), and he said it was an excellent game in the final 45 minutes, and that Newcastle looked a very good side.
I asked him to repeat that - twice.