Jonas Gutierrez made a return to the Newcastle side in the second half on Saturday, when after 71 minutes he came on for goals hero Loic Remy, and Jonas had a good game and helped Newcastle hold on to their 2-1 lead and get all 3 points, and his experience showed through in that final 20 minutes of the game.
Jonas Gutierrez in action on Saturday – he played well
Jonas had been in good form in pre-season, but he was injured in that disastrous first game at the Etihad Stadium in August, against Manchester City, and this was his first appearance coming back from that injury.
And one of the shocks in Alan Pardew’s selection on Saturday in south Wales, was that he left out Hatem Ben Arfa, but Hatem has come over as a mature young man, and Alan Pardew has praised him big time because of his professional attitude at being benched.
And of course when he was in France playing for Lyon and Marseilles, he didn’t exactly take kindly to being dropped, but he seems to have become a man in the three years he has been on Tyneside – and that’s good.
Alan Pardew was asked about the competition for places which now exists in the squad, and whether that was good:
“It always is. It is important everybody is pulling together and trying to achieve the victory.” “Jonas Gutierrez came off the bench.”
“We had not seen him for a while, but he did a great little job for us.” “So did Hatem, which was even more important.”
It was good man-management by Pardew to bring on Hatem towards the end of the game, so the Frenchman could make an appearance and feel at least a part of what was another excellent win on the road for Newcastle, and that’s our second of the season.
Now if we can only learn how win at St. James’ Park, although the lads will get that chance in our next league game at home to Liverpool.
Howay the Lads!!
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