Jonas Gutierrez was not pleased on Saturday that Newcastle failed to garner all 3 points against Swansea City.
Jonas Gutierrez – in action on Saturday
It was important to put in a good performance on Saturday after the very poor performance at Norwich, and Newcastle did that.
And it has to be said the lads had no luck on Saturday, otherwise they would have been at least a couple of goals up in that first half, when Newcastle dominated the game and dominated possession.
Jonas wanted nothing but a win, and he wasn’t happy with the draw after the game:
“I want to win, I wanted the three points. You saw what happened today, we got a point but I’m angry it wasn’t three,” “It’s not a good point. I think we did enough to deserve more than a draw, but that’s football.”
“Their keeper made some good saves, but we had the chances to win it. It’s not a good point for us at all. It was different in the second half, we didn’t have the same amount of chances, but we had control of the ball.”
“And we had the possession so we should have made that count.” “It was a big game for us, and in these games we need the three points.”
“It was good to have Cheick and Fabricio back. They are important players and we needed them back in the side.” “For the last two months we’ve been playing without a complete squad.”
“It is hard for the manager going into Christmas where we have a lot of games.” “It is good to have those players back, we’ll be back in full training and we’ll get stronger.” “It’s important we have a full squad, it builds confidence.”
“When you don’t have a full squad, like last week at Norwich where we had two central defenders out of position, it’s hard for the players there and it’s hard for the team.”
“Now we’ve got to focus on working hard and waiting for the other players to come back from injury because in January it is going to be very hard.”
“December and January are really important times for the team.” “What we’ve done before now is important, but we’ve got to think about the future. We have to think about what we are doing now.”
Good words from Jonas and he’s right that we have to push on from where we are at the moment.
The lads did very well to come back from what was a poor performance at Norwich City, and probably the worst performance of the season for a Newcastle side, although we were without Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote at Carrow Road.
Wins breed confidence, and that’s what Newcastle now need on Wednesday evening against WBA, although Yohan Cabaye will be missing from the side, after picking up his 5th yellow of the season on Saturday.
A win against a mediocre WBA side, will set us up nicely for the two away games that follow against Bolton and Liverpool, and then we are at home in early January to Manchester United, and anything can happen in a game like that.
But we’d love to have around 33 points by the end of the year, and that means two wins from the remaining three games we have this year.
Last year we had 22 points from the 19 games at the end of last year, so that will be a 50% improvement in points compared to last season.
That cannot be bad, and although it will not be easy, the lads can do it.