We could well see Jonas Gutierrez start the game on Saturday at home to Arsenal if Massadio Haidara is still struggling with his knee injury.
Jonas in action against the Red Devils
Jonas has now made two substitute appearances in the last couple of games, and this is what the Argentine has told the Shields Gazette today:
“As a team, we have look inside and think what we’re doing wrong,” “We have to do better and work hard for the manager and the team.”
“It’s not enough. This is the Premier League. We know we have a team that is young. We have to look forward and improve. We have to learn game by game, day by day.”
“We’re frustrated by the Everton result, but we have to look inside and do better.” “We don’t have enough players at the moment – Colo is banned for three games – but we have to keep together and work hard for the manager.”
“The manager will tell us what we have to do.” “We have to do it right on the pitch. No excuses, we have to do it better.”
“Three years ago, when we finished fifth, I played in many positions,” “I was playing in different positions because we had problems with injuries.”
“I’m here to help. I work hard and I want to enjoy. Always, I have to do the best for the team.” “We have to finish in the top 10.”
“We don’t have any excuses. We have hard games up to the finish of the season, but we have to take points and finish in the top 10.”
“We have to believe and be stronger at home,” “We have a magnificent stadium with 52,000 fans. Of course, if we don’t have a good game, the fans are going to be upset.”
“If the fans see that we’re doing our best and trying really hard, they are going to be behind us. If not, they are going to be upset.”
“We have nine games to go, and we have to look forward and work hard to get the most points that we can.”
It’s now up to experienced players like Jonas to show the way for the younger players, and those are good words, but the team has to follow them up with actions on the pitch – that’s what counts.
We’ve been taken apart in two of our last four games, but we’ve played decent at home to Aston Villa and conceded only one goal, but we’ve only scored one goal too.
Arsenal have won their last five league games and eight of their last nine, so they are a team in form at the moment.
Newcastle cannot concede too many goals with the lack of goal scoring power we have in the team, so a strong defensive performance is needed.
But we’ll have to do that without captain Coloccini who got himself stupidly sent off at Everton and made a bad situation even worse.
And unless there is a huge uptick in form quickly, there’s no way we will finish in the top ten this season.
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