Newcastle’s captain last night was Jonas Gutierrez, and in the local press this morning, he has said he was proud to captain the side in such a spirited second half display, and he also said the obvious – the Newcastle manager was not happy at half time.
Alan Pardew being interviewed after the game last night
In the first half last night Alan Pardew has said it was the worst performance by a Newcastle side since he came to Tyneside in December of 2010, and it’s hard to think of another game when we looked so awful and utterly hopeless.
But Alan changed things around at the half, when he brought Demba Ba on for a very quiet and ineffective Sylvain Marveaux, and switched Vurnon Anita and James Perch – and James was much more effective in central midfield, and Vurnon again looked a class act at right-back.
This is what Jonas said today in the local press today:
“The manager was not happy. We changed a few positions, the manager told us to change.” “In the first half, we had a tactic and we changed it.” “It was a good point and we had opportunities in the second half to win.”
“In the first half they were better but in the second half I think we did better than them.” “That is football. This was a fair result for this game – a half went each way.” “We know it is a long, hard season.”
“We have injured players and you saw the players run and work hard, trying to do their best for the team.” “That is what we want – to be together and to work hard. We wanted to take a good result home.”
“I am proud to captain Newcastle and these players.”
It was a positive performance from the lads in the second half – very positive in fact, and just what we needed to ignite the season.
But we still have 6 games to play in the next 19 days with Maritimo coming up on Thursday night in Europe, and Norwich City on Sunday afternoon, and we need two wins out of those two games.
We think we can do that if we play with the skill and passion we showed last night in that second half.
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