Newcastle Must Be Strong At Home – Jonas Gutierrez


Newcastle have not found recent trips to London much to their liking.

Jonas Gutierrez – we must be strong at home

First of all we played great at Fulham in that first half last month,  and were deservedly 1-0 up at the break, but then we collapsed and let in four goals in 17 minutes and crashed to a terrible 5-2 defeat.

And then on Saturday we conceded four goals in the first 34 minutes again in London,  and went down to a humiliating 5-0 defeat at White Hart Lane.

Well the good news is that our next game is not in London, and in fact it’s a winnable game at St. James Park against Wolves.

And it looks like our Argentinean hard-working winger, Jonas Gutierrez, is looking forward to the game and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site today:

“I always say the most important thing for the season is to be strong at home,” 

“And we’re doing that this year. When you look at the table, you can see that we’re taking a lot of points at home. That’s very important.”

“Away from home, it’s always difficult but we have picked up a lot of points away too.”

“But you must always look to win your home games if you want to do well, and so far this year we have done that.”

Of Newcastle’s 42 points from their 25 league games they have 24 of those points at home – with seven wins, three draws and two defeats from the twelve home games.

Away from home in our 13 road games we have 18 points with five wins and three draws.

Newcastle will be at full strength in the next game,  assuming both Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye come back into the side, and Wolves at home is a game we can win.

And all 3 points will see Newcastle do the double over Wolves this season, and that’s what we need to do with the lower placed teams this season.

We don’t expect to get many points at places like Old Trafford, the Etihad Stadium and White Hart Lane, but we can get wins at home and away against the lesser sides in the Premier League.

That’s the way Newcastle can finish high up in the Premier League table this season, and that has to be our goal.

A win against Wolves and Newcastle will be on their way again.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

71 comments so far

  • hrocks

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #1

    from last article

    toonincheek

    not being a negger here but

    HBA has show flashes of brilliance and lots of mediocre. he has struggled to find space, time and passes for long periods. for me the jurys out on his abilities to play at the top level

    is that down to him and his attitude??? i only see him on the pitch and its not like hes had a good run. With tiote back we have some steel in the middle who destroys then gives and goes. Him and Cabaye should keep us ticking. Demba 1 and 2 both look to have good movement and i hope this creates holes and space to allow HBA to play more of the football we hope he has in him

    we then need some bravery from the player and manager. Fingers crossed we get both

    0
  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Jonas – Must do better

    0
  • Beattie25

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Godsome of you lot are daft.

    Hatem Ben Arfa is an amazing player who has come back from a career threatening injury, found himself for some bizarre reason ristricted to bench duty and when given his chance has proven he is a cut above some of the players keeping him out of the team.

    Players do tend to give the ball away when they are placed into uncomfertable positions and are given odd tactics.

    HBA has maybe tried to prove too much in the games he has been given and thus has seemed distincly average but I suppose if you only allow yourself to watch the odd NUFC game from the comfort of your arm chair your opinion of him would be poor.

    He is immense and has the potential to be a super star. He needs game times and more importantly patience from the manager and fickle fans.

    The fact that when we talk about wingers we bring up their defensive capabilities tells a strory better than my words could create. Our wingers are set up too defensively because our wing backs (Not Santon but Simmo and Raylor) are simply not good enough.

    We should start Ben Arfa every game. If he gives the ball away 20 times and has 1 moment of brilliance then that 1 moment is worth the other 20. It is not his fault that our defense is shit and our manager cannot accomodate his ability into our hoofball, defensive outlook.

    0
  • hrocks

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #4

    off topic

    the argies want to call there footy league after the belgrano. you couldnt make it up

    0
  • Beattie25

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    @ hrocks

    Thats an odd name. It wouldn’t matter where you finished in that leauge, you would still go down.

    0
  • Geordie-Jake

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    I wonder what’ll happen when we go to the Emirates

    0
  • Toon Tang

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #7

    dont tell us about it jonas , just do it mate.

    0
  • hrocks

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Beattie 25

    any time u want a pint at the game i sit in level 7 and have missed 10 home games since 1982

    i hope HBA is the player we want him to be. He is a lucky boy to still be playing footie after that injury. He has never had a run in the team and my comments suggested he needed a run so he could show his stuff. But no offence to shola, best, perch and guthrie i dont see these players getting the best out of HBA.

    We all want to see him become a great player and playing with better players like tiote cabaye and demba 1 and 2 will give him more options.

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #9

    @hrocks // Feb 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    HBA. 5 games 3 goals 2 assists.

    period.

    now stfu about arfa and questioning his ability in the top level.

    0
  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #10

    how many ppl want a hard working side than a side with flair, a side with flair has more chance of winning IMO

    0
  • jayphoto

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #11

    regarding Ben Arfa, Id say a team should never change to be around 1 player! All great teams in the past have had players that fit the system and philosophy of the manager! Even ronaldo at man utd had to change his game to fit! I don’t think its the intention of the manager to hoof it forward, just unfortunate when we had a run of games on tv all we had up top was best and shola, and u cant play any other way with them in the side! Against villa we played on the floor! If pards wants HBA to only try his tricks in the last 3rd of the pitch, take on the full back and put it into the box then HBA should be working hard to fit into the side, don’t think its a question that he’s out of favour, but more that he’s not showing the work ethic in training. twice this season HBA has given the worst performance of any toon player (home to chelsea, away to blackburn) but then hes also scored some great goals! I doubt any manager would be prepared to gamble on that kind of inconsistancy and unfortunately with Hatem at the moment, you never know what player will turn up! Its a problem that was with him at Lyon and at Marseille! Not sure why people seem to think he was a star player in france because he wasn’t! He was a player that showed flashes of magic but also never played 90 mins, always subbed in the 2nd half or starting from the bench! He is a player fans love because of the skill he shows but many managers in his past have accused him of not giving enough!

    0
  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    ————Krul
    Simo-Wilo-Colo-Santon
    ———–Tiote
    —–Cabaye-Guthrie
    ———Ben Arfa
    ——-Cisse—-Ba

    SUBS: Elliot, Perch, Raylor, Fergie, Gosling, Loven, Shola

    0
  • jayphoto

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #13

    want to add, i’m not questioning his ability, on his day he is a star star player! But when he is bad, he is really bad! The managers job is to win games, no pander to fans or HBA, and if you look at the table its obvious that we’re grinding out results against teams with better resources than our own! Its hard work thats winning us points, and thats probs why pardew is reluctant to bring in a player who doesn’t work hard!

    0
  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    GT89 Perfect until the last word, where it all kind of imploded

    0
  • Beattie25

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    If anything this stage of the season and our current leauge position is the perfect opportunity to try some new things.

    We are safe from relegation and the chance of getting top 6 is good, so this is a great time to alternate our static tactics and try the 4-3-3.

    Get the ball on the floor and play and we could easily play lots of teams of the pitch. Tiote breaking up the opposition. Guthrie and Cabaye spreading the ball about and Benny finding gaps with the movement of the Dembas is a sure fire winner.

    Do any of you really think that playing hoofball against Wolves or the Mackems (4-4-2) will get us 6 points?

    Change tactics, suprise the opposition and score a bag full.

    My anger about the style of football is born out of the fact that we have no need to play hoof ball or 4-4-2 because we have the quality to destroy a team like Wolves with quality passing and movement and this next game , for me, will be the deffinition of either our continued forward progress or lack of tactical quality from the manager.

    0
  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    A dont understand this ‘Ben Arfa doesnt work hard enough and he loses the ball too much’

    When he loses the ball hes races after trying to get it back and he did so the last game he played and almost set up a goal from it.. he doesnt lose the ball anymore than Jonas and Obertan who are both useless and offer nothing for the strikers to feed off..

    Spurs have Van Der Vaart in the team he offers nothing except attacking technique yet you dont see there fans saying he’s useless because he doesnt defend or you dont see Harry dropping him.. you know why? Because Harry doesnt mind because he knows he’ll score more goals with him in the team than he will with him on the bench! thats the way Pardew should look at it.. end of the day were a better team with him init than not init

    0
  • Beattie25

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    @ hrocks

    The article I posted was not directed at you at all.

    It was some of the other fans who doubt he potential and say he should be sold

    0
  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Indian – A couldnt think of anyone else haha was tempted too throw young Adam Campbell on the bench but well ano that wont happen so a had to stick with Shola haha

    0
  • VanToonMan

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Jayphoto i see what you are saying but Jonas has been just as bad as Ben Arfa at times. If im honest he has been totally shocking and if this was not Santon’s first season in premier league and he was more up to speed defensively (like he hopefully will be next season)…then for me Jonas would NOT be starting any game.

    He offers NO threat going forward….he has lost the pace to dribble past players and so many of his passes are mis-placed be he does not have the understanding with his fellow team-mates about the run they are making and where to play the ball.

    Since our fullback problem will be with us through to the rest of this season….Jonas will get games…but i still think that now that we have our best players back….Ben Arfa MUST warrant a starting place more than Jonas when we are at home playing lesser sides at the very least!

    0
  • hrocks

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #20

    ilovetoon8788 // Feb 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    yeah you are right mate hes was infact messi for 5 games.

    please understand i am not saying hes crap. i want him on the pitch more. I want him playing with our best players.

    5 games do not make a world class player. look at leon best and his purple patch for us

    hba needs game time this season and then next season i hope he turns out to be a world class player

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Player like Hatem Ben Arfa, who cares if he doesn’t defend. He can set up a coffee table in his attacking role when we are defending for all i care.

    Cause i know he has the ability to wreck havoc with the ball at his feet. he can play crap for 89minutes but all we need is 1 moment.

    0
  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    what abt ABEID

    0
  • newcben

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Its starting to really frustrate me HBA needs to play!!! He can and has played in a central role or out wide, i see his style of play more like Bale the way he goes at ppl and should be aloud to roam and come inside looking for the ball. Im not for one second saying he is as good as messi, but if you watch that little magician play on the regs like i do he does lose the ball and he doesnt always track back. Anyone remember how green Ronaldo, Nani, Henry, Ashley young etc were in there earlier years but you could see the class and potential. Especially Ronaldo it takes time to adapt to the prem, now we are safe we need to allow HBA to adapt and give him a good run of games WITH our better players around to help him out, Tiote covering, Cabaye to link with, Ba and Cisse to provide for. I think messi would struggle to be creative with simmo over lapping you and ameobi making those ‘dynamic’ runs!

    0
  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Mackems have one of the best defensive records in the league and have only lost once or twice in like 11 games or summit hoofball against them will not work and i hate to say it but we WILL get beat if we dont start and play our best players to the way they actually like playing and can play

    0
  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #25

    or OBERTAN

    0
  • jayphoto

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #26

    GT89 Difference is, the players around Van der Vaart are a much better level than our own! They tried him on the wings and it didnt work so now play him behind the striker! This where we would have to play Hatem but then your sacrificing Ba or Cisse… Also think you’ll find Ben Arfa has rediculously poor opta stats for running off the ball! down there with williamson and collocini!

    0
  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #27

    Indian – Abeid isnt a striker and we need a striker other than Loven who is able to come on and hold the ball up the top which is why Shola will be on the bench

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #28

    @newcben // Feb 15, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    i lol-ed at your last sentence!

    0
  • jayphoto

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #29

    vantoonman – agree on that mate, I think jonas looks like a 20 year old horse at the moment – knackered!

    0
  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #30

    Jay – doesnt matter my point is still the same.. we will score more goals with Ben Arfa in the team than we will with him on the bench

    0
  • Beattie25

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #31

    @ Jayphoto

    It wouldnt be a change of tactics to accomodate 1 player.

    4-3-3 is a formation that not only suits Ben Arfa but Cabaye, Tiote, Ba and Cisse. It would also be great for Guthrie too.

    Cabaye and Tiote both won their former clubs respective leauges playing in a 4-3-3. Ba was on the left side of a 3 man CF partnership at Hoffenheim (and the odd game at West Ham too) and Cisse often played as a central striker (either on his own or as a 3) at Frieburg.

    Putting Guthrie in a 3 midfield along with Cabaye and Tiote means we have 3 hard working, quality players and we would be a major threat at set plays.

    It isn’t about finding a place for one, it is about finding the best place for our best players.

    0
  • Irie-Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #32

    At this stage lads, not trying or wanting to rock the boat but we should start a petition to get the lad playing, fan power and all of that, i believe along with most of us on this blog that he should have played on Saturday, instead we put on Gosling??

    0
  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #33

    Putting a 3 man midfield with cabaye, guthrie and tiote will put in a situation where either all or any of them can sit or create.

    Tiote can create dont shoot the messenger

    0
  • jayphoto

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #34

    to be honest, my argument would have more scope if we had performing wingers and at the moment we don’t! agree, HBA couldnt do worse offensively than jonas or gabby! I’d have ryan taylor first choice right mid as he’s effective in that “beckham” esque role of putting it in the box but I agree, HBA should be given a run on the left over Jonas who desperately needs a rest!
    No chance of us going 4-3-3 coz i think pards has his eye on cisse – ba being a top partnership! Personally can’t wait for Marveaux to come back!

    0
  • hrocks

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #35

    @ Beattie
    sorry 4 the bite

    on playing 4 3 3 i dont see the problem as we dont have wingers who can cross anyway for a 4 4 2

    with tiote cabaye and guthrie playing in the middle you have 3 players who eat ground and the 3 up from will pressurise the oppersition back line and defensive midfield holding them in there own half.

    Its a home formation and should be tried

    0
  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Indian – Tiote can defo create a agree he’s got the same amound of Assists as Obertan and he’s played less games ha

    0
  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #37

    with a 4-3-3 or a 4-3-1-2 a think we have a team capable of literally beating anyone with the forward line of Benny Ba Cisse

    0
  • gaz 44

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #38

    at the start of the year i was one of the ppl saying ship r Taylor out he offers nothing.. i still thought the same when he was at left back.. howerver i think his time at left back has given him confidence and at right mid has been great and offers simmo much needed protection.. he would now be my first choice right mid now

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #39

    pardew will never play with 4-3-3. its too risky for a manager of his capability. he will stick with his tried and tested 4-4-2. he is afraid of risk taking.

    0
  • Irie-Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #40

    I get Perdew’s vision of trying to build a strong defense before we work on our attacking abilities, but we’re freezing out our best player in doing this and does nothing for his confidence when he does get a run in the squad hence him giving the ball away and just looking off his game. We need Benny in the side, we lack creativity without him, Cabaye/Tiote are solid yes but they offer nothing in the form of creativity…Ba has the ability to play the ball on the ground just watch him when he gets it.

    0

You must log in to post a comment.