Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has offered an apology to the Magpies’ fans after the side fell to a heavy defeat against Manchester City in their opening Premier League game of the season, the
Gutierrez was substituted in the first-half with a hamstring injury but accepted the showing from himself and his teammates was not of an acceptable standard, calling on Newcastle to do better in their next two games, both at home.
“The fans are going to be angry with us,” Gutierrez said. “We have to apologise to them for the result. Yet we must try to give them the points next week. We have to take three points in each of the two home games. We have to be strong.”
West Ham, a side packed with Newcastle old boys including former manager Sam Allardyce, and Fulham are the visitors to Tyneside in the next few weeks, with Gutierrez insisting the games were going to be crucial even before the thrashing by Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
“ When you looked at the Man City game you knew it was a game we could lose,” Gutierrez admitted. “They have spent a lot of money and have massive players. So it is a game you knew would be hard. We tried our best. Now we are focused on Fulham and West Ham.”
Goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri condemned Alan Pardew’s team to defeat, with their night made more difficult when Steven Taylor was sent off for an altercation with Aguero – and Gutierrez then had to go off before the break, depriving Pardew of one of his most experienced players.
“We had to be focused for the 90 minutes,” Gutierrez said. “We conceded too quickly and when you do that away from home, it is so hard to come back. Then we had the sending-off of Steven which did not help us. When you play with 10 though it is hard for you.”
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