It was an emotional return for Jonas Gutierrez last night ay St. James’ Park, as he played for the Newcastle first team for the first time since early October of 2013, when he came on for another Newcastle hero – Ryan Taylor.
One Newcastle hero replaces another
Jonas played again for Newcastle last night, and credit goes to coach John Carver for playing him, and it was in some way fitting that the man who beat testicular cancer should replace Ryan Taylor – who has come back from two serious ACL knee injuries, after being out of the game for more than two years.
The Newcastle contracts of both players run out at the end of June.
Both Newcastle players have shown fantastic guts and spirit, and after Jonas came on to a magnificent ovation from the sell-out Newcastle crowd – the fans were lifted and they came alive again in what was a poor game of football.
And it would have been an even better story if Newcastle could have won the game last night, but it wasn’t to be.
Make no mistake, Newcastle could have won the game last night, because we had about three excellent chances score and in addition we had a penalty decision turned down after 10 minutes, which was simply unbelievable.
But two errors late in the game after 89 minutes first from Mehdi Abeid – and then ironically from Tim Krul – who had kept Newcastle in the game with his saves – meant we lost another game 1-0.
But Newcastle went close and in any case, when you think of what Jonas has been through over the last eighteen months or so – it pales the Newcastle defeat.
It’s important in life that we understand what’s important – and Jonas epitomizes the human spirit that’s in all of us.
We salute him.
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