Jonas Gutierrez has played in six derby games against Sunderland, since he joined the club in the summer of 2008 from Real Mallorca, and he has told the local press today that it will be a difficult game for Newcastle on Sunday, but the lads are determined to win the game for the fans. The Newcastle players know what this game means to Newcastle.
Jonas Gutierrez in action at Sunderland last season
Newcastle got 4 points out of Sunderland last season, with a terrific 1-0 win away, when Ryan Taylor rifled in the free kick from the left wing in the second half to get all 3 points for the Magpies, after we went through some tough times in the first 45 minutes.
And at home we managed to come back and draw 1-1 with a late last minute goal from who else – Shola Ameobi.
We’ll not have Ryan available on Sunday of course, in the game that kicks off at 1:30 pm, but we should have some of our first teamers back – Simpson, Steven Taylor, Krul and Coloccini are all expected to be available.
If Colo cannot make the game on Sunday, and we are expecting he will, then Jonas will wear the captain’s armband, in what is such an important game for Newcastle, and for Sunderland too of course.
This is what Jonas said in the local press today:
“We have had good results against Sunderland, but that is in the past.” “We have to live in the present, and all the derbies are different. We can’t expect the same as last year, or two years ago.”
“It’s going to be something new, something different and something really, really hard.” “We know what it means for the city if we win that game.” “We want to be involved in that party, so we want the three points.”
“We know that it’s not going to be easy. They’re a good side. Last season they had a good season, and they made a few signings.” “It’s going to be tough. All the games here are tough.”
“We are not going to win just with the shirt – we have to play the 90 minutes, be focused and be ready for their fans and all the pressure they’re going to put on us.” “We have to think about that and give three points for the fans.”
“It’s important to win. We don’t care if we play well or not. The fans want the three points, and me and all the players are the same.” “Their team and fans are going to put us under pressure.” “It’s important to start focused. I we start like we did against Manchester United .
“It won’t be possible to take something from there.” “We have to take out the things we did wrong and try to do it better, and not make mistakes.”
The result is everything in these games, and how Newcastle get the win is of little importance after the game, because a win gives Newcastle supporters huge bragging rights, and will lift the morale of both players and fans alike on Tyneside.
With almost our best side hopefully being fielded on Sunday afternoon – we can get all 3 points from this game.
Howay The Lads!!
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