Jonas Gutierrez captained Newcastle at Southampton on Sunday afternoon, when we lost our third successive league game 2-0 to the Saints, but Jonas’ Argentine compatriot Fabricio Coloccini returns tomorrow night from suspension, and will lead out Newcastle in what is a very important league game for the Magpies, after we have no wins in our last six games in all competitions.
Jonas Gutierrez – we’re ready to fight
We really hope we can repeat last season’s exploits when we played very well at the Britannia Stadium to win 3-1, and Demba Ba hit a great hat-trick, and there’s not doubt that a win tomorrow would be like manna from heaven for Newcastle.
This is what Jonas has said in the local papers today about our next game:
“When you look at the fixtures at the start of the season you know Stoke are so difficult because of the style of football they play.” “I’m not saying it’s wrong or good because everyone has to play their football in the right way to take the points.”
“Stoke kick a lot of long balls and play a style which gives them a lot of points.” “However, last year we went there and took the three points so we know we can get the three points there again.” “Their set-pieces are so special, so good. If we concede set pieces we will know what to expect.”
“We have to really concentrate for 90 minutes and not concede set pieces, not give silly fouls near the box – and with Stoke the halfway line is near the box!” “We have to be really focused.” “We need to stay together.”
“We know it’s been a tough season for us because we’ve had a lot of injuries and we don’t have a big squad. We know nothing can change in terms of personnel.” “The players we have are ready to fight for the next few weeks to get back to winning ways.”
“The most important thing is to get back the confidence. When you have players with confidence you feel better and things are easier.” “That is football. Every team have times when they are not feeling in their best form.” “In the last few games we haven’t played our best football and we’ve suffered defeats.”
“At Southampton we deserved to lose the game because they were better than us. We have to try to get back to winning ways and be all together as a group. That’s the most important thing.” “Of course when you play in one position with the same players and the same team it’s better for the confidence.”
“However, we have a small squad and a lot of injuries and that’s what football’s about.” “I try to do my best and I work to be better in every game.” “At the moment lots of players are having to play in different positions because that’s what we have in the squad.”
“We have a small squad and a lot of young players trying to find their opportunities.” “It’s hard for everyone but we have to just think of the team and try to do our best to get back to winning ways.”
Gutierrez was all over the place during the game at Southampton and he started on the right wing, and then played in the center of midfield, but it was to no avail as we lost out to the second bottom placed side, who got their first clean sheet of the season.
It hasn’t helped Newcastle’s consistency that we have played the game in Europe with largely a different side from that which plays in the Premier League, and our performances in the Premier League recently have been a disaster, and the squad seems ill-equipped to handle the extra games.
But that being the case, it would still be a massive three points if Newcastle can repeat least season’s exploits.
That’s what we are hoping for.
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